Charles Lexton

Signaller II, 224 Squadron
Service number 1314416
Died 20 Mar 1947
Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial
Age 23


Charles was born in 1923 in Bethnal Green, London to Nathan Leckstein and Netta nee Rose and had two younger siblings, Barbara and Michael. Their father Nathan, who worked as a carpenter, came from a very large family and was one of ten children who originated from Poland.

Charles was on board Lancaster SW290 of the joint anti submarine school from Ballykelly. The aircraft hit the sea 60m NNW of Malin Head, Donegal.

The Times newspaper reported on Saturday, March 22, 1947.
R.A.F. PLANE CRASH OFF IRELAND.

Eight naval ships, including two destroyers and a submarine, searched all through yesterday for the survivors of an R.A.F. Lancaster which crashed about 50 miles out to sea north of Ireland just before midnight on Thursday. Three of the Lancaster’s missing crew of nine were picked up, two of them dying later. Late last night it was stated that there was no hope of finding further survivors, and the search was called off. The crash was reported by H.M.S. “Vengeance”, aircraft-carrier. The Lancaster was one of six on naval cooperation exercises operating from Ballykelly, 13 miles north-east of Londonderry.