Memorial Plaque to S/L E.A. Verdon-Roe RAF, MIA 26/07/41 & S/L L. Verdon-Roe DFC RAFVR, KIA 13/05/43

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Reference WMO/264735

Address:

The Priory Church of St. Andrew the Apostle

High Street

Hamble-le-Rice

Southampton

SO31 4JF

England

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Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Memorial Plaque in town church remembers two Brothers killed serving with Bomber Command in WWII and their father who was a legend of the British Aviation Industry S/L Eric Alliott Verdon-Roe was Pilot of 102 Sqn Whitley that had departed Topcliffe at 2224 on 25/07/41 for Ops Hannover It was intercepted at 2200M above the North Sea 10km W of De Kooy airfield Holland by a Night-Fighter captained by Nachtjagd “Experten” Oblt Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-Wiessenfeld (IV/NJG1) and shot down for his 11th Abschusse The aircraft crashed into the North Sea at 0323, All the crew have no known grave and are therefore all commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey NB1: The DoD in both Chorley’s and the CWGC website states 26/07/41 S/L Lighton Verdon-Roe DFC was Pilot of 156 Sqn Lancaster ED857 GT-? departed Warboys at 0013 on 13/05/43 for Ops Duisburg The aircraft crashed close to Dusseldorf with the loss of all 7 crew. The cause of the loss is not known S/L L. Verdon-Roe DFC is buried along with five of his crew in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. The Navigator is buried in Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium NB2: The plaque incorrectly states S/L Verdon-Roe DFC is also MIA Also remembered on this plaque is Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon-Roe OBE The first Englishman to fly. With his Brother, he later went on to establish the A.V. Roe & Company aircraft engineering company – later shortened to AVRO The company produced several well-known Bomber Command aircraft including; the Avro Manchester, the Avro Lancaster, the Avro Lincoln and later the Avro Vulcan – a few amongst numerous other types produced. Post WWII he also founded Saunders-Roe who specialised in the production of Sea-Planes S/L Lighton Verdon-Roe DFC P 156 Sqn KIA 13/05/43 Lancaster ED857 GT-? departed Warboys at 0013 for Ops Duisburg The aircraft crashed close to Dusseldorf with the loss of all 7 crew. The cause of the loss is not known S/L L. Verdon-Roe DFC is buried along with five of his crew in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. The N is buried in Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium (NB The plaque also incorrectly states S/L Verdon-Roe DFC is MIA)
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