|LAC Edwin Rowland
Lister was the son of Edward Leslie and Daisy Victoria Lister of
Sandgate, Kent and brother of Maisie and Daisy Beatrice ( Betty).
His brother, Flight Lieutenant Eric Lister RAFVR was killed with
431 squadron on 4th December 1943. Edwin, known as
"Eddie" lied about his age on enlisting, being under
eighteen, and on leaving school immediately joined the RAF and was
sent to Tripoli as ground crew attached to 462 RAAF squadron. He
was killed on the 20th April 1943.
In an account from the book
"Brave and True" written by Stan Parker & John McManus
DFC from an article written by Les Barton (fellow of the NSW
Historical Society) it states:
"Halifax BB325 was being bombed up and fuelled for the
nights Op when it blew up while being loaded. It is presumed that
the bomb dropped off. The Halifax caught fire causing a massive
explosion which disintegrated the aircraft with shrapnel flying in
all directions killing twelve other airmen and seriously injuring
two others. A court of enquiry assessed that the cause was a faulty
delayed action fuse"
LAC Edwin Lister rests in Tripoli, Libya.