Warrant Officer Ronald Haywood (CGM)  -  7 Squadron  
   

Warrant Officer Ronald Haywood (CGM)  - RAFVR

 

 Warrant Officer Ronald Haywood was serving as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner  on board Lancaster Mk.III JA935 coded MG-O during an operation to Braunschweig on the January 14/15 1945. The aircraft left Oakington at 1659hrs to attack the target but failed to return. The entire crew was lost.

The crew consisted of:
 

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/L David Thomas - DFC

RAFVR

Pilot

-

-

P/O William Clegg

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

St.Helens,Lancs.

23

F/L Ronald Crease - DFC

RAFVR

Navigator

-

-

F/L Ronald Layley

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

Kingsclere,Hampshire

27

W/O Ronald Haywood - CGM

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

Cannock, Staffs.

23

F/Sgt Leslie Whitear

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Dunmow, Essex

22

F/Sgt Lawrence Hartman

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Ware, Herts.

31

 Ronald Haywood RAFVR was born in 1921 at Hednesford and was the son of Joseph and Eliza Haywood of 7 Longstaff Ave, Rawnsley, Cannock, Staffordshire. He was one of 5 brothers (one in the R.A.M.C. in Italy and one in the Navy) and 3 sisters. He attended Rawnsley Council School and later the County Mining College. He was employed by the Cannock and Rugeley colliery company, working with the surveyors. A keen musician, he joined, at a very early age, the Territorials with whom his brother and father served. He played the clarinet in that band and also the Hednesford Town band.

 

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Crew Photo

 When he reached the age of eighteen his ambition to join the Air Force was realised, and before he was twenty he was serving as a Wireless Operator in the Middle East. News of his award for the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal came after he hade made over ninety operational flights and had been reported missing in action. On the 12th February 1946, his parents and sister, Margaret proudly attended Buckingham Palace to receive his post humous award, his citation reads:

 "He has had an outstanding operational record (he made over ninety flights). He has served with distinction in both the European and Middle East theatres of war and has attacked some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany and Italy, including Berlin, Peenemunde and Milan. At all times his courage and resolution in the face of the enemy, have been exemplary"

 He and his crew are buried in the Hanover War Cemetery.

 

Photos courtesy of Geoff Thacker, research by Linda Ibrom