De LISLE – Sydney Sapenne

Sergeant – KIA – Milan War Cementery, Italy

[Source: CG]

Service number: 1213386

[Courtesy: AD]

7 additions to “De LISLE – Sydney Sapenne”

  1. Jerome Lee adds:

    Name: DE LISLE, SYDNEY SAPENNE Initials: S S Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Sergeant (Air Gnr.) Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 31 (S.A.A.F.) Sqdn. Age: 23 Date of Death: between 12/10/1944 and 13/10/1944 Service No: 1213386 Additional information: Husband of Betty Eileen De Lisle, of Looe, Cornwall. Of St. Kitts, British West Indies. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave VI. C. 12-15. Cemetery: MILAN WAR CEMETERY
    source: cwgc

  2. Jerome Lee adds:

    Took off from Celone, Foggia and was Killed in Action on Supply dropping mission to Italian Partisans. 16 Liberators of 31 Sqn & 4 from 34 Sqn took part, for lost of 6 aircraft. It is thought that sudden bad weather & poor ground visibility near the drop zones as well as enemy AA contributed to the losses. 48 men were reported killed or missing. Source Anne Storm

  3. Jerome Lee adds:

    Additional info courtesy CXX, 13 Oct 44, 31 (SAAF) Sqn Liberator VI KH154. Detailed to drop supplies on DZs in northern Italy. The aircraft crashed Rora, Italy. source:- Though Without Anger – Cummings.

  4. Jerome Gonzalez adds:

    Sydney Delisle of St. Kitts was my 2nd cousin : (his Mom was my Mom’s 1st cousin). I was a child in St. Kitts in WWII and remember his arriving at our house to tell my mother goodbye before leaving for the war and hearing of the sad news later. RIP.

  5. Colleen Watson adds:

    Hello Jerome,
    My name is Colleen Watson and my Uncle Des was the Pilot of KH154W .Uncle Des was my father’s youngest brother and was 20yrs old when he died on 12th Oct 1944.

  6. Colleen Watson adds:

    Jerome ,
    I feel joined in kinship with the relatives of my uncles crew.I have been to the ”English Cemetery” in Milan.It is a very humbling and moving experience.God Bless you.

  7. Colleen Watson adds:

    If you would like to know more it is possible to view my uncles ”Casualty Report”in the Australian Archives.The Report describes that night from eyewitness accounts ,it is terribly sad.There are very personal details regarding my grandparents contained in it,those spoken of are no longer living.
    Kind Regards,Colleen.

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