Raymond Lewin

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Raymond Mayhew Lewin GC
Born (1915-01-14)14 January 1915
Kettering, Northamptonshire
Died 21 November 1941(1941-11-21) (aged 26)
Oakington, Cambridgeshire
Buried at Kettering Cemetery, Northamptonshire
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force RAFVR
Years of service 1936-1941
Rank Pilot Officer
Service number 700404
Unit No. 148 Squadron RAF
No. 109 Squadron RAF
Battles/wars World War II
Awards George Cross UK ribbon.png George Cross

Pilot Officer Raymond Mayhew Lewin GC (14 January 1915–21 November 1941) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR) was (whilst a Sergeant) awarded the George Cross for the courage he showed in rescuing his co-pilot from their burning plane on the 3 November 1940 in Malta.[1]

Biography[edit]

He was born on 14 January 1915, in Kettering and was educated at Kimbolton School. He joined the RAFVR in the spring of 1936[2]

On 15 March 1941 he was commissioned as a Pilot Officer (with seniority backdated to 27 January 1941).[3] He was killed in action on the 21 November 1941,[4] whilst flying with No. 109 Squadron, and is buried in his home town of Kettering.[5]

George Cross citation[edit]

The citation was published in the London Gazette of 7 March 1941 (dated 11 March):[6]

In November, 1940, Sergeant Lewin was the captain of an aircraft on a night bombing mission. Shortly after the take off the aircraft began to sink and crashed into a hillside where it burst into flames. Sergeant Lewin extricated himself and saw three of his crew of four climbing out of the escape hatch. He ordered them to run clear. He then ran round the blazing wing in which full petrol tanks were burning and crawled under it to rescue his injured second pilot. Despite his own injuries - a cracked kneecap and severe contusions on the face and legs - he dragged and carried the pilot some 40 yards from the aircraft to a hole in the ground, where he lay on him just as the bombs exploded. This superbly gallant deed was performed in the dark under most difficult conditions and in the certain knowledge that the bombs and petrol tanks would explode.

— London Gazette

Medals[edit]

Pilot Officer Lewin's citation, photographs, medals and a copy of his George Cross medal can be viewed at (1101) Kettering Air Cadets (Kettering, England) by appointment on Monday and Wednesday evenings www.1101sqn.org.uk . The squadron also parades at his graveside on Remembrance Day each year as a mark of respect for one of 1101 squadron's ex members.

References[edit]

  1. ^ WW2 Awards Lewin, Raymond Mayhew
  2. ^ "Raymond Mayhew Lewin, GC". George Cross database. Archived from the original on 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 35134. p. 2117. 11 April 1941. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
  4. ^ "Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation: George Cross Holders". Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  5. ^ "Commonwealth war Graves Commission: Casualty Details". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  6. ^ London Gazette 7 March 1941

See also[edit]

List of George Cross recipients