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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. E L Watts


Edwin Leslie Watts of of West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire was born in early 1921, the son of Ernest Edwin Percy Watts and Elizabeth Watts.

He joined the RAFVR in August 1939 as an Airman u/t Observer. Called up on 1st September, he completed his training and joined 248 Squadron from No 1(C)OFU, Silloth on 25th June 1940. He served with 248 Squadron throughout the Battle of Britain.

Watts was killed on 13th April 1943, as a Warrant Officer with 20 Squadron, when 204 Squadron Sunderland JM669 crashed into sea off Port Etienne, Senegal.

He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 134.

Also lost with this aircraft were:

F/O HL Beesley
Sgt. GG Ambler
Sgt. EF Crossman
Sgt. LE Jones
Sgt. EW Lord
Sgt. AS Penney
Sgt. EB Smith
Sgt. R Smith
F/O JA Hewett


Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner.


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