Flight Sergeant Francis Lyford - 619 Squadron  
   

F/Sgt Francis Lyford - RAFVR

 

Flight Sergeant Francis Lyford was serving as Navigator on board Lancaster MK.I ME-568 coded PG-F for a daylight operation to Trossy, France on August 3, 1944. The aircraft departed from Dunholme Lodge at 1145hrs but was lost to enemy flak. Six of the crew are buried at Marissel French National Cemetery while Sgt Forrest rests at the Old Communal Cemetery, Villeneuve-St-Georges, Val-De-Marne, France.

Francis "Frank" Lyford joined the RAF at the same time as his twin brother Percy who was killed in January of 1944 with 156 Squadron.

The rest of the crew were:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

W/O Ronald Bennett

RAFVR

Pilot

-

-

P/O Edwin Davies

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Birmingham

27

F/Sgt Arthur Griffiths

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

Liverpool

27

F/Sgt William Cobb

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

Cirencester

22

F/Sgt Ronald Forrest

RAFVR

Mid Upper Gunner

Liverpool

22

Sgt Martin Cody

RAFVR

Rear Gunner

Lincoln

18

Flight Sergeant Francis Lyford RAFVR was the son of Francis and Kathleen Lyford of Willesden Green, Middlesex and brother to John, James and Kathleen. Francis, known as Frank, was stationed at one time at Cottesmore, Rutland. In a letter dated 22nd May 1943 he laments not being able to get leave to attend a cousin's wedding but goes on to say that he has met an Australian pilot also called Lyford and they have teamed up and are flying together.

F/Sgt Francis Lyford and Crew

The Lyford family must have suffered greatly over losing Frank and his brother Percy.

 

 

 
 

Photos courtesy of Lucinda Hannant, research by Linda Ibrom.