Flight Sergeant Charles Cullen  -  153 Squadron  
   

Flight Sergeant Charles Leslie Cullen RAFVR 

 

 Flight Sergeant Charles Cullen was serving as Bomb Aimer on board Lancaster  Mk.III PB636 coded P4-D  during an operation to Duisberg January 22/23, 1945. The aircraft left Scampton at 1645hrs and failed to return, the aircraft and crew were lost without a trace.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/L Alan Jones DFC

RAF

Pilot

Stoke Newington,London

26

Sgt Sydney Strettle James

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Wimbledon, Surrey

39

F/Sgt Jack McDonell

RAAF

Navigator

Ormond, Victoria, Australia

20

F/Sgt Charles Cullen

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

Lincoln

24

W/O John Edwin Bateup

RAAF

W/Op/AG

Gunning, New South Wales

22

Sgt Albert Simpson

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Preston,Lancs.

24

Sgt Reuben Trafford

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Scunthorpe, Lincs.

20

 

 Flight Sergeant Charles Leslie Cullen, known as "Les", was born on the 8th of December 1920 to Charles Ernest and Aileen Emma Cullen of Lincoln He was one of four brothers, Des, Fred and Albert. He married his wife, Muriel on the 14th of October 1941 and they had a son David.

 Before enlisting he was employed as a policeman. He did his pilot training in South Africa in 1942 and was sent to Canada for more training in 1943. 

 Charles and his crew have no known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Photo courtesy of David Cullen, research by Linda Ibrom