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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Martin Frederick Matthews -

Unknown person Name : Martin Frederick Matthews

Son of : Henry James Matthews and Agnes Lucy Matthews (née Bishop) of Shanklin, Isle of Wight.

Born : 1923, (registered Willesden Mar 1923 qtr).

  Service Details :

Sergeant 1602105 (Air Bomber) Martin Frederick Matthews, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

  Casualty Details :

Died : 22 March 1945 aged 22.

Buried at : Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.

CWGC Record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Shanklin War Memorial
  Further Information :

Aircraft :Avro Lancaster Mk.I HK773 LS-W of 15 Sqn
Pilot :W/O F J Newton, RAAF CWGC record ...
Flight Engineer :Sgt W J Dee CWGC record ...
Navigator :Sgt C A J Church CWGC record ...
Wireless Operator :Sgt G A Cope CWGC record ...
Air Gunner :Sgt P Cooley CWGC record ...
Air Gunner :Sgt T E Jenkins CWGC record ...

The aircraft left RAF Mildenhall at 10.55 on Ops to Bocholt, but crashed 2 minutes after take off with an engine on fire. It blew up over Mundford, Norfolk, 4 miles NE of Brandon. All the crew were killed and are buried in a collective grave at Cambridge City Cemetery. This was the last Lancaster of 15 Sqn to be lost in the war.

  Links :

15 Sqn., Royal Air Force.
  Acknowledgements :

John Bloodworth for Royal Air Force research
  Page status :
Page last updated : July 2012


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