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Pilot Officer Edward Argent - RAFVR 

 

 Pilot Officer Edward Argent was piloting Lancaster III ED721 coded WS-S on January 14/15 1944, when it left Bardney at 1642hrs for an op to bomb Braunschweig. The aircraft crashed at Bartolfelde, five of the seven men aboard were killed, including P/O Edward Argent.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

P/O Edward Argent

RAFVR

Pilot

Middlesex

20

Sgt W.Lyons - POW

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

-

-

F/O Frederick Forshew

RAFVR

Navigator

Strood,Kent

23

Sgt H.T.Jolliffe - POW

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

-

-

Sgt George Fradley

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

-

-

F/Sgt Alfred Trevena

RAAF

Air Gunner

Victoria, Australia

23

F/Sgt David Powley

RCAF

Air Gunner

Burnaby, British Columbia

34

 Pilot Officer Edward Argent RAFVR aged 20 was the son of Herbert James and Ellen Argent of St.Margarets, Middlesex. Although unmarried at the time of his death, he is believed to have had a Canadian girlfriend who he met while training in Canada and whose family kept in touch with his sister after the war.

 The crew who died were originally buried 7km W of Bad Sachsa on January the 17th, their bodies were later re-interred in the Hanover War Cemetery.

 Four members of this crew had only just resumed operational flying following a traumatic ditching returning from Frankfurt on 20/21st of December 1943 in Lancaster ED700 which was shot up by a night-fighter and after running out of fuel ,ditched in the North Sea. After several hours in a dinghy, they were rescued by a ASR launch and taken to Great Yarmouth.

 
  Photos courtesy of Peter Argent, research by Linda Ibrom.