Sergeant Richard Devlin - 15 Squadron  
   
 

Sergeant Richard Devlin  - RAFVR 

 Sergeant Richard Devlin was serving as Flight Engineer on board Lancaster Mk.I PB802 coded LS-F on January 17, 1945 when it took off from Mildenhall at 1603hrs for a bombing and cross country training exercise. At 2130hrs it dived into the ground at Harling, 8 miles from Thetford in Norfolk, the entire crew was lost.

 The crew consisted of:

Name Service Trade Hometown Age
F/O John Crone  RAAF Pilot Victoria, Australia 21
Sgt Richard Devlin  RAFVR Flight Engineer N. Ireland 31
Sgt George Lake  RAFVR Navigator Lowestoft, Suffolk 31
F/Sgt Leonard Wilkins  RAFVR Bomb Aimer Welling, Kent 22
P/O Lex Riordan  RAAF W/Op/AG Goolmanger,N.S.W 20
F/O William Fuller  RAFVR M/U Gunner Swansea, Wales -
F/O Harry Freedman  RAFVR Rear Gunner Upper Clapton, London 20

 Sergeant Richard Devlin RAFVR was the son of Henry and Sarah  of Northern Ireland, and husband of Millicent Emma of Northampton.

 F/O Crone, Sgt Devlin, Sgt Lake, F/Sgt Wilkins & P/O Riordan are buried in Cambridge Cemetery. F/O Fuller is buried at Sketty (St.Paul) Churchyard in Swansea while F/O Freedman is buried at Eastham (Marlow Road) Jewish Cemetery

 

Photo courtesy of G. McBurney, research by Linda Ibrom.