Alfred Edward LUTZ

LUTZ, Alfred Edward

Service Numbers: 429710, WX16100
Enlisted: 16 February 1942
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: Royal Australian Air Force
Born: South Perth, Western Australia, 20 June 1912
Home Town: Como, South Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Perth Modern School 1925-29
Occupation: Teacher
Died: Shot down by German night fighter, Stapleford-on-Trent, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, 4 March 1945, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Plot H/3, Grave 186.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Subiaco Perth Modern School WW2 Honour Board
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Pilot Officer, 429710
16 Feb 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, WX16100
20 Oct 1942: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Discharged to join RAAF.
21 Oct 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, 429710
4 Mar 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, Royal Australian Air Force

Avro Lancaster Bomber LM748

Avro Lancaster heavy bomber LM748

On 4 Mar 1945 Lancaster LM748 (UG-H) from 1654 HCU was part of a diversionary force of ninety-five aircraft supporting main force operations but was shot down by an intruder aircraft at 01.05 hrs and dived into the ground at Stapleford Wood between Fulbeck and Newark. The aircraft was airborne from Wigsley. Sadly all the crew were killed.

Pilot; Plt Off Alfred Edward Lutz 429710 RAAF - Oxford (Botley) Cemetery
Nav; Fg Off John Austin Churchill Chapman 164041 RAFVR
Flt Engineer; FS Henry Francis Cox 1583336 RAFVR - Birmingham (Bramwood End) Cemetery
A/Bmr; Sgt Stanley Shaw 958767 RAFVR
WOp; Sgt Arthur Frank Warbey 1853234 RAFVR - Shilton (Holy Rood) Churchyard
AG; Sgt Harry Frost 1647508 RAFVR - Norton (St Andrew) Churchyard
AG; Sgt Alan Churchill Davy RAFVR 1816775

The impact was so great that the bodies of Fg Off Chapman, Sgt Shaw and Sgt Davy either could not be found or not positively identified and their names are commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing, Runnymede, UK.

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