Charles Lawrence Fox
Navigator, 617 Squadron
Service number 138131
Died 17 September 1944
Buried Nesbyen Churchyard, Norway
‘”O VALIANT HEART” IN ALL THE GLORY OF HIS YOUTH HE DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE’
Charles was born on 26 March 1922 in Hackney to Julius and Marie née Davis and had one older brother Donald. Their grandfather Marks was born in Poland and worked as a furrier and their father Julius worked as a school teacher, firstly in Hackney and then in Egham. Julius pre-deceased Charles by six months.
Charles attended Wembley Hill Elementary School before entering Latymer School in Class 1B on September 13th 1932. He was said to be one of the finest sprinters the school produced. He gained a scholarship to Cambridge and spent the time waiting to join his unit of the R.A.F. teaching languages at the School during its time in Slough.
Charles was the navigator on Lancaster PB416 which took off from Yagodnik, Russia to return to RAF Woodhall Spa after bombing the Tirpitz in Norway on operation Parvane the previous day. The aircraft came off course and crashed in a mountain in the municipality of Nes. The crew were buried in the mountains, but moved down to the local churchyard after the war.
Pilot, F/O Frank Levy (Jewish and has a memorial page on the website)
Nav, F/O Charles Lawrence Fox.
F/E, Sgt. Peter William Groom.
W/Op A/G, Flt. Sgt. George Muir Mcguire.
A/G, P/O, Allan Frank Mcnally.
A/B, Flt.Sgt. Eric Edward Stephen Peck.
A/G, Flt.Sgt. Daniel Gorowny Thomas.
There were two additional crew members who had survived a crash landing that had written off their aircraft several days earlier. W/Op, F/O Denis Charles Shea
F/E, James Frazer Naylor
There was also a tenth body found at the crash site. His name is still unknown