Battle of Britain London Monument – F/O R Lane

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Roy Lane, of Southampton, joined the RAF on a short service commission in June 1938. He was posted from 7 OTU Hawarden to 43 Squadron at Tangmere on 23rd July 1940. He claimed a Ju87 destroyed on 8th August. In combat with He111’s over Portsmouth on 26th August Lane was shot down in Hurricane P3220 and is believed to have crashed at Wittering, Sussex. Wounded and badly burned, Lane was admitted to the West Sussex Hospital, Brighton and then went to the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, where he underwent plastic surgery by Archie Mclndoe and became a Guinea Pig.

 

 

After leaving hospital Lane was sent on a speaking tour of the aircraft factories. In 1942 he was with the MSFU at Speke. On 21st May he sailed from Iceland in convoy PQ16 to set up and command the MSFU Pool at Archangel. Lane returned to the UK in November 1942 in convoy QP15, as pilot on the Empire Moon. From the beginning of 1943 Camships were no longer used on Russian convoys, having been replaced by auxiliary carriers.

Lane was posted to India in late 1943. He volunteered to go into Burma and operate with the Chindits, as air liaison officer to Brigadier Bernard Fergusson. When the Chindits reached their area of operations in Japanese occupied territory they built an airstrip and a Hurricane was flown in for Lane to use.

Flying between the airstrip and Imphal in Hurricane IIB BG913 he was forced to land near the village of Hmangin, twenty miles east of the Chindwin River, as a result of a glycol leak. He set off walking towards the British lines but was captured by the Japanese and murdered by them on or around 26th April 1944.

He was 24 and is buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Rangoon, Burma.

 

 

 

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