The War Graves of Ystradgynlais

Jenkin Gildas Lewis

Jenkin Gildas Lewis was a Sergeant in the Royal Air Force and died in a training accident when the Lancaster he was on crashed in Lincolnshire in June 1943.

The information on Jenkin Gildas Lewis has been compiled from a number of sources, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, from the South Wales Voice newspaper, and the Parish Burial Register (courtesy of the Swansea Archives).

NameJenkin Gildas Lewis
Date of Death18th June 1943
Place of Deathnr Apley, Lincolnshire
Age at Death23
Unit and RegimentRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve; 12 Sqdn.
RankSergeant (Flight Engineer)
Service Number1283419
Cemetery  ST. DAVID'S CHURCHYARD - ABERCRAVE; South of church. Grave 670. 
Local MemorialsMaesydderwen Roll of Honour
Ystradgynlais War Memorial
Brass Plaque in St. David's Church, Abercrave
NotesOnly Son of Sidney John Lewis and Susanna Mary Lewis of Abercrave.

Jenkin Gildas Lewis
To the left is a photograph of Jenkin Gildas Lewis, taken from the South Wales Voice newspaper..
Grave inscription:-

In Loving Memory of
Jenkin Lewis (Sgt R.A.F.)
Died on active service June 18 1943
Aged 23 years
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember him

From the South Wales Voice newspaper, 26th June 1943 :-

The tragic news reached Abercrave on Friday last that Flight Sergeant Jenkin Lewis, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Sydney J. Lewis of Lon Las, had been killed in a flying accident. Jenkin, who was only 23 was a very popular boy and through his happy disposition was a typical example of a young man who had endeared himself to all who came in contact with him.
Prior to joining the RAF Sergeant Lewis was on the staff of a well-known bank and was an old student of Maes y Dderwen where he gained his C.W.B. certificate.
Widespread sympathy is extended to his bereaved parents in their sad loss. The funeral took place on Wednesday at St. David's Churchyard.

Sergeant Lewis was a member of the crew of an RAF Lancaster, based in Lincolnshire, and was killed during a training exercise when two of its engines failed in flight, the plane crashing in woods short of the airfield. Four crewmen died, including Sgt Lewis, whilst several others survived.


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