LIGHTBOURN – Warren Maurice

Aircrew  Flt Lt  Warren Maurice,  LIGHTBOURN
Service No: 119573  Service: RAFVR
Trade/Branch:   Pilot Squadron(s): 610 Sqn
Station/Unit/Ship: B.78 Eindhoven
Group: 127 Wing     Command:   2TAF
Nationality: Bahamas Disposal:   KIA   Age  25  yrs   Date Died:    14 Feb 1945
Aircraft 1: Spitfire XIV DW-?
was at Bolt Head in July 1943. He was killed on 14th February 1945 aged 25. Destroyed V2 Flying Bomb. Flew as No 2 to Freddie Crewe. Lightbourn and Freddie Crewe were Squadron representatives at wedding of Sousse Venesoen in Anglesey. Flew from Bolt Head in Tiger Moth on 1st August returning to Bolt Head on 2nd. Winds so strong that trains were overtaking the Tiger on return journey. On 14 Feb 1945, a 610 Sqn pilot downed a Me 262.

Buried At: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery
Grave/Memorial : 1.A.15
Next of Kin: Son of Maurice S. and Ida L. Lightbourn, of Nassau, Bahamas.

[Source(s): CWGC;, rafcommands – courtesy Jerome Lee]

Correction: Probably not a V2 destroyed, but a V1 (June 12th, 1944)

[Source: Safarikovi]


Pictures below taken from

[Lads going to WWII. Front L-R: Hartis Thompson and Philip Farrington.
Back: L-R Garth Johnson, George Moseley, and Warren Lightbourn. Source: Bahamas Handbook]


Five recruits from the Bahamaswarren-lightbourne

warren-lightbourn (cropped)

3 additions to “LIGHTBOURN – Warren Maurice”

  1. kyt adds:

    Early morning (approx 0810hrs) armed reconnaissance in the Munster area. Lightbourn was shot down in flames over Boxmeer by flak in Spitfire RM677

  2. Leo Janssen adds:

    Has somebody information on the exact crash spot?
    Name is Lightbourn, and not Lightbody as some Dutch research institute mentions?

    We are investigating a list of 26 crashes in the are of Boxmeer (Netherlands)

  3. Ahlbrecht adds:

    The crash of the Spitfire took place near Weeze (2 miles south and near former RAF Laarbruch and todays airport Weeze NRN)on the street Brückerhöfe and was confirmed by an eyewitness. Ms. Koppers was in 1945 at the age of 12 years. She ist still grateful to Lightbourn today for stealing his burning plane from here befor she hit her home.

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