A Piece of History at RAF Waddington
20 year old Sgt Leonard Edward Evans left RAF Waddington just before midnight on 8th May 1942, but sadly would never return.
No trace of his aircraft or crew has ever been found. They are listed on the Runnymede Memorial for those with no known grave. Leonard’s little sister Evelyn who is now in her eighties was only 8 years old when he died. Wanting to see the RAF station from where Leonard flew his first and only mission Evelyn visited us recently to tell us a little bit about her brave big brother who she remembers so fondly.
Using official records of the time, we were able to pass on lots of new information about what life for Leonard would have been like at RAF Waddington in 1942.
As a little girl I remember Leonard as being very athletic – someone who loved sports, particularly table tennis. He also liked a flutter on the dogs. I knew very little about what had happened to him so to come to RAF Waddington today has helped to fill in some of the gaps. It’s a pleasure to be able to come here.
At the end of her visit, Leonard’s sister, Evelyn, thanked us for letting her get to know her brother once again.
Sgt Leonard Evans completed his pilot training at the end of 1941 and was posted to No 44 Sqn in January 1942. He completed his Lancaster conversion on 44 Sqn Training Flight and was posted to the ops flight in April 1942. His first operational sortie was to be the Warnemunde raid where he acted as co-pilot on Lancaster R5557 KM-G to WO Jones, an experienced 44 Sqn pilot. It was from this mission that he failed to return.