Sergeant Reuben Trafford  -  153 Squadron  
   

Sergeant Reuben Victor Trafford - RAFVR

 

 Sergeant Reuben Trafford was serving as a an Air Gunner 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 Bates

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

 

Reuben Trafford with bride Vera Drury 

 Sergeant Reuben Victor Trafford RAFVR known as "Vic" and born on the 11th October 1925, was the son of Horace and Kate Trafford of Crowie, Lincolnshire and husband of Vera May Trafford of Scunthorpe, Lincs.

 He enlisted on the 29th March 1939 at RAF Scampton as a driver on a seven year stint. When war broke out he was posted to a salvage and recovery unit as a driver and served on many stations throughout England. On June 25th 1942 he married Vera May Drury at St.Mary’s church, Frodingham.

 In mid 1943 he volunteered for aircrew and after his initial training attended air gunnery school. Following this he did aircraft familiarization training on Wellingtons and then Lancasters. On 24th March 1944 he was promoted to Sergeant. On September 1st 1944 he was posted to 166 squadron at RAF Kirmington before being transferred along with the rest of his crew to 153 squadron at RAF Scampton which at the time comprised of A & B flights. He then went on to complete various sorties over Europe before being killed.

Photos and information courtesy of Patrick Quickfall, research by Linda Ibrom