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 on 14th August 1939.
He moved on
to 6 FTS Little Rissington for No. 16 Course, which ran from 6th November 1939 to 27th May
With his training completed, he was commissioned on 21st May, six days before the end of
the course, and he joined 145 Squadron at Tangmere direct from 6 FTS.
On 1st July he shared in the destruction of a Do17 and on 1st August shared in damaging a Ju88.
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