Lancelot Eric MORGAN

MORGAN, Lancelot Eric

Service Number: C10005
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 408 Squadron (RCAF)
Born: Port Pirie, South Australia, 13 July 1907
Home Town: Toorak Gardens, South Australia
Schooling: Scotch College, Adelaide
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Air Operations, Westrup, Lower Saxony, Germany, 23 May 1944, aged 36 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial
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World War 2 Service

23 May 1944: Involvement Royal Canadian Air Force (WW2), Flying Officer, No. 408 Squadron (RCAF)
Date unknown: Involvement Royal Canadian Air Force (WW2), Air Gunner, C10005

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Charles Morgan, and of Edith (nee Carter) Morgan, of Adelaide, South Australia.

Arvo Lancaster II LL723 EQ-H

Dortmund. 375 aircraft, 18 Lancasters Lost (4.8%). Most of the bombing fell in the SE districts and mostly in residential areas. 852 houses and 6 buildings were destroyed. 361 were killed, including 22 PoW.

Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Westrup, ESE of Haltern, Germany

Four Combats In Four Sorties 
MELBOURNE. May 5, 1944
TO Lance Morgan, or Toorak, SA Air-gunner, who is one of the small group of Australian members of Canadian squadrons in Britain, has had four air combats in his first four bombing sorties. In his first four flights, he had to use his guns on each trip, and already has two damaged enemy aircraft to his credit.
Both victories were fought over the flames of Berlin. The first encounter happened while his Lancaster was still heavy with bombs — they had not yet reached their target area. A Ju.188. a twin engined night fighter with a mid-upper turret, appeared flying head on for the bomber, its guns spitting incessantly. Yet not one tracer hit the lumbering target. They still had not dropped their bombs when a  single-engined night fighter streaked out of the dark sky, from the port above. The great bomber corkscrewed and rolled, trying to shake it off. FO Morgans guns spat 300 rounds at it, and he saw his tracers dotting the German aircraft just before it broke off and dived. The Lancaster went on and dumped its bombs. FO Morgan's next successful flying battle also over Berlin, was when the Lancaster's port outer engine was set on fire by flak. They were ordered to don their parachutes, but FO Morgan stayed on lookout in bis turret. As several of the crew left their posts to get into their chutes, a  night fighter charged the Lancaster. The Lancaster twisted into a series of combat manoeuvres as FO Morgan's guns opened up. Again he saw his bullets hit a German aircraft. Then the Lancaster dived  toward the fires below. When it pulled out of the dive the fighter could not be seen.
The port outer engine was still on fire, but they got it out, feathered the engine and flew back on the remaining three. Before becoming an air-gunner FO Morgan was with the RCAF in Canada as a  works and buildings officer. During his service in Canada he became engaged to a Winnipeg girl.