Lewis, William Frederick

William Frederick 


1920 - 1940
Service no.84310
Born September 7, 1920
DiedNovember 2, 1940


William Frederick

Gateway School 1932-37.

Son of William and Florence Lewis.

59 Squadronat this time of the war was attached to RAF Coastal Command. Pilot Officer Lewis was the pilot of Blenheim T2137 that took off at 04.05 hours on 2nd November 1940 on an operation to attack German guns at Cap Gris Nez on the French coast. The guns were used to target British shipping in the English Channel, and to bombard towns on the south coast of England. The Blenheim was shot down and crashed near the village of Halinghen. Pilot Officer Lewis and the other two crew members are buried in Halinghen Cemetery, France, Collective Grave.

Other crew members were:-

  • Pilot Officer W F Lewis
  • Sergeant I C Greening
  • Sergeant J S Peckham

These three men are the only British Service men buried in Halinghen village cemetery, which is 16 kms south-south-east of Boulogne.