Flight Lieutenant Eric Lister - 431 Squadron  
   

Flight Lieutenant Eric Lister - RAFVR 

 

 Flight Lieutenant Eric Lister was serving as Bomb Aimer on board Halifax MK V. LK898 coded SE-O during an operation to Liepzig on December 3/4, 1943. The aircraft left Tholthorpe at 2334hrs but failed to return, the entire crew was lost. All of the crew are buried in the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery.

 The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

S/L Robert Cook - DFC

RCAF

Pilot

Toronto, Ontario

22

Sgt Galen Wood

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Doncaster, Yorkshire

-

P/O Morley Snow

RCAF

Navigator

E.Kildonan, Manitoba

23

F/L Eric Lister

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

Sandgate, Kent

22

Sgt Herbert Brookman

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

Wing, Bucks.

22

Sgt Wilfred Rattigan

RCAF

M/U Gunner

Sleeman, Ontario

21

Sgt Jack Williamson

RCAF

Rear Gunner

-

-

It is believed that F/L Lister was posted from 1664 HCU along with S/L Cook and the rest of the crew and joining 431 squadron as a unit, they had only flown one previous op as a crew in Halifax Mark V LK905 SE-D to Frankfurt on November 25th 1943 prior to their last and final mission.

Eric Lister's grave

 F/L Eric Leslie Lister RAFVR was the son of Edward Leslie and Daisy Victoria Lister and brother of Maisie and Daisy Beatrice (Betty) of Sandgate, Kent where his parents owned a hotel. He left college before going to Cranwell and the RAF with time at RAF Driffield in November 1942. Ericís brother LAC Edwin Lister RAF was killed with 462 Squadron RAAF in Tripoli on the 20th April 1943

The Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery

 

 

 
 

 Photos courtesy of Maisie Edwards (sister), Simon Toynbee and Caroline Hooper, special thanks to Bill Heron.

Research by Linda Ibrom.