Flight Lieutenant Ronald Layley  -  7 Squadron  
   

Flight Lieutenant Ronald George Layley - RAFVR

 

 Flight Lieutenant Ronald George Layley was serving as Bomb Aimer on Lancaster Mk.III JA935 coded MG-O during an operation to Braunschweig April 4/5, 1945. The aircraft left Oakington at 1659hrs 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

Wireless Air Gunner

Cannock, Staffs.

23

F/Sgt Leslie Whitear

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Dunmow, Essex

22

F/Sgt Lawrence Hartman

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Ware, Herts.

31

 Flight Lieutenant Ronald George Layley RAFVR was the son of Arthur and Flora of Kingsclere, Hampshire and husband of Joyce of Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. He attended Patterson House school in May 1924 where he was an excellent rugby player, captaining his House Rugby team in 1931-2. He obtained a London Matriculation Certificate (first division) in 1932 and as well as being made school prefect in September 1931 was awarded the Patterson Scholarship. 

 After leaving school he joined the Metropolitan Police Force and his work seemed to mark him out for high promotion. He captained his Divisional Rugby Team and served in the Police Force through the earlier Blitz on London, an experience that made him decide to join the R.A.F. He was soon commissioned and rose to the rank of Flight Lieutenant, holding an important position in the Pathfinder Force. He took part in many raids on enemy territory and had called in at his old school barely a month before he was reported missing. He was the 27 year old Air Bomber of the crew. His brother Geoffrey who served in 218 Squadron was killed on the 27th January 1943 and is buried in Hanover War Cemetery also.

 

Photos courtesy of Katherine Garrett, research by Linda Ibrom