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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. E E Lockton


Eric Edward Lockton, of Ashby-de-la-Zouche, was born in January 1918, the son of Frederick William Lockton and Annie Lockton (nee Daft).

He was educated at Spittlegate Boys School and The King’s School, Grantham before being employed as a bank clerk in the Grantham and Bourne branches of the Midland Bank.

He joined the RAFVR in late January 1937, the sixth man to join as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and joined 236 Squadron on 3rd July 1940.

Whilst flying on an escort operation on 20th July he was shot down by Hptm. Neumann of JG27 and crashed into the Channel off Cherbourg in Blenheim L1300. Both he and his gunner, Sgt. H Corcoran, were reported 'Missing'.

Lockton was 22. His name is on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 16.

His brother Richard served as a Wireless Operator with the RAF and survived the war.




Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner.



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