Custance, Charles


War Service:

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) CHARLES CUSTANCE, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, died on 21 July 1944 while serving with 101 Squadron. He was 23.

Lancaster SR-P took off from RAF Ludford Magna in Lincolnshire at 0006 on 21 July to raid Courtrai. This was an ‘ABC’ mission. ABC - "Airborne Cigar" - was a radio device intended to jam German night-fighter communications. A special operator was carried in addition to the usual crew and he listened to the night fighter controller’s radio transmissions and then used his own powerful transmitter to jam them. This was one of three 101 Squadron aircraft lost on this operation.

He is buried in Wevelgem Communal Cemetery in Belgium.

Location of Memorial:
He is also remembered on the Sydenham South Suburban Gas Works war memorial.

The 101 Squadron Roll of Honour is held in Ludford parish church.

He was the son of Charles and Charlotte Custance of Sydenham.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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