The Airmen's Stories - F/O L E Cryderman
Lawrence Elwood Cryderman, a school teacher of Islington, Ontario, Canada joined the RAF on a short service commission in December 1938. He did his initial training at 9 E&RFTS Ansty.
On 31st August 1940 Cryderman joined 242 Squadron at Coltishall but when they discovered that he had never flown a Hurricane he was posted to 5 OTU Aston Down on 5th September for a conversion course. He rejoined 242 three weeks later.
Cryderman was scrambled in Hurricane I V6823 on 8th February 1941 with two other pilots to search for an enemy aircraft east of Clacton. They found it and an attack was made, damaging one engine. Soon after Cryderman radioed saying he was returning to base but then a further call said that he was landing on the sea.
Despite searches he was not found. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 30.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner
Additional research courtesy of Tina Harney