P/O Percy Lyford - 156 Squadron  

Pilot Officer Percy Lyford (DFC) - RAFVR


P/O Percy Lyford was serving on board Lancaster MK.III JA-925 coded GT-L for an operation to Berlin on January 1/2, 1944. The aircraft departed from Warboys at 0019hrs but was lost without a trace. The crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Percy "Bob" Lyford joined the RAF at the same time as his twin brother Francis who was killed in August of 1944 with 619 Squadron. Percy was 21 years old at the time of his death.

The rest of the crew were:


Name Service Age Hometown
S/L Rowland Fawcett -DFC RAF - Duncan, B.C, Canada
P/O Roland Bowen RAF 23 Bridgenorth, Shropshire
P/O Geoffrey Vickers - DFC RAFVR 22 Castleford, Yorkshire
F/S John Bell RAFVR 22 Lancashire
F/S George Headley RAFVR 19 Hull
F/S Brinley Hinks RAFVR 20



Percy on leave.

Percy's Pathfinder certificate.




Photos courtesy of Lucinda Hannant, research by Linda Ibrom.