LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Frederick Lewis Ian HILL

Service No: 416674
Born: Norwood SA, 3 February 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 16 August 1941
Unit: No. 101 Squadron (RAF), RAF Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire
Died: Air Operations (No. 101 Squadron Lancaster aircraft LM318), Germany, 26 June 1943, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frederick James Hill and Gladys Vera Hill, of Payneham, South Australia
Roll of Honour: St Peters SA
Remembered: Panel 124, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

Lancaster LM318 took off from RAF Ludford Magna on the night of 25/26th June 1943 detailed to bomb Ludwigshafen. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. The aircraft crashed at Ermen, 4 kms south south east of Ludwigshafen and all the crew members were killed.

The crew members of LM318 were:

Sergeant William Alfred Bush (521148) (RAF) (Flight Engineer)
Sergeant George Hay (778764) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Frederick Lewis Ian Hill (416674) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Sergeant Farquhar MacLeay (1558645) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Sergeant Thomas Desmond Millns (1038740) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)
Sergeant Bertram Leslie Scott (1386189) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Henry Keith Smith (409241) (Air Bomber)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/17/198

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