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Sergeant William Leslie Murphy

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Sergeant William Leslie Murphy

Birth
Liverpool, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Death
19 Apr 1944 (aged 20–21)
Coveney, East Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Burial
West Derby, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Plot
Sec. C. C. of E. Grave 1359.
Memorial ID
32676637 View Source

Sergeant Murphy was one of seven airmen of 115 RAF Squadron, based at RAF Witchford in Cambridgeshire, who perished in the crash of 115 Squadron's Avro Lancaster Mk.I (#LL867) A4-J aircraft at Coveney, near Ely in Cambridgeshire. The Lancaster had earlier taken flight from Witchford on a bombing operation, over the railway yards at Rouen in France, following which it was shot down, on its return flight, over its own Witchford aerodrome by an intruding German Messerschmitt 410 night fighter.
The seven casualties of this attack were-
RCAF Warrant Officer Class II Henry BENNIS,
RNZAF Flight Lieutenant Charlie EDDY,
RAFVR Sergeant Alfred Frank LANGRIDGE,
RAFVR Flight Sergeant Peter John Edward MADDOX,
RAFVR Sergeant William Leslie MURPHY,
RAF Sergeant Harold Edward George PUGH and
RAFVR Flying Officer Albert SMITH.

Military Service-
Rank: Sergeant
Trade: Flight Engineer
Service No: 2206546
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Division: 115 RAF Squadron [MOTTO: “Despite the elements”]

Son of William and Annie Murphy of Liverpool, England.

Sergeant Murphy was one of seven airmen of 115 RAF Squadron, based at RAF Witchford in Cambridgeshire, who perished in the crash of 115 Squadron's Avro Lancaster Mk.I (#LL867) A4-J aircraft at Coveney, near Ely in Cambridgeshire. The Lancaster had earlier taken flight from Witchford on a bombing operation, over the railway yards at Rouen in France, following which it was shot down, on its return flight, over its own Witchford aerodrome by an intruding German Messerschmitt 410 night fighter.
The seven casualties of this attack were-
RCAF Warrant Officer Class II Henry BENNIS,
RNZAF Flight Lieutenant Charlie EDDY,
RAFVR Sergeant Alfred Frank LANGRIDGE,
RAFVR Flight Sergeant Peter John Edward MADDOX,
RAFVR Sergeant William Leslie MURPHY,
RAF Sergeant Harold Edward George PUGH and
RAFVR Flying Officer Albert SMITH.

Military Service-
Rank: Sergeant
Trade: Flight Engineer
Service No: 2206546
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Division: 115 RAF Squadron [MOTTO: “Despite the elements”]

Son of William and Annie Murphy of Liverpool, England.


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