The Airmen's Stories - P/O L A Sears
Lionel Argent Sears, of Cambridge, was born in Enfield, Middlesex on 8th March 1921 and joined the RAF on a short service commission in August 1939. With his training completed he was posted to 145 Squadron at Tangmere in June 1940.
On 1st July he shared in the destruction of a Do 17.
On 8th August he failed to return from combat with enemy aircraft over the Channel, south of the Isle of Wight, in Hurricane P2955. He was possibly shot down by Uffz. Sippel of 1./JG27.
An Air Ministry letter to his father survives, stating that Sears personal effects will be withheld until the family settles outstanding mess and laundry bills.
Sears was 19 years old and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 10.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner