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  Squadron Leader Alec Cranswick - 35 Squadron  
 

Squadron Leader Alec Cranswick (DSO & DFC) - RAF

 
 Squadron Leader Alec Panton Cranswick was piloting Lancaster Mk. II ND-846 coded TL-J during an operation to bomb the railway yards at Villeneuve on July 4/5, 1944. The aircraft took off from Graveley at 2316hrs and was dropping target markers for the main force when it was hit by flak and exploded.  F/Sgt Wilf Horner was thrown clear in the explosion and parachuted safely to the ground but suffered serious burns, the rest of the crew were killed in the explosion and are buried in the Clichy New Communal Cemetery. 

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

Sgt Charles Erickson

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

-

-

F/O Reginald Kille

RAF

Navigator

Slough, Bucks.

24

F/Lt Philip Burt - DFC

RAF

Bomb Aimer

-

-

F/Lt Albert Taylor

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

Mosely,Birmingham

25

F/Sgt Wilf Horner - POW

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

-

-

F/Sgt Eric Davies

RAFVR

Mid Upper Gunner

-

-

F/Sgt Alfred Wood

RAFVR

Rear Gunner

-

-

 Alec Cranswick was the son of Philip and May Cranswick. He was married to Doris of Oxford and they had a son Alex Parr Cranswick. Alec served in the Metropolitan Police before joining the RAF, being appointed temporary acting P/O on September of 1939. In June 1940 he joined 214 squadron at Stradishall, Suffolk. After 29 missions he was transferred to the Middle East & Malta and 148 squadron. In December 1942 he was posted to 419 RCAF squadron where he completed five missions before joining 35 Squadron in January 1943. He was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and was awarded a DFC for having flown sixty one missions in total. By the time of his last op he had flown over 100 sorties, he was 24 years of age at the time of his death.

 
 
  Photo courtesy of Bernard Gilbert , research by Ken Holmes.