Noel Francis Lloyd Davies
Sergeant. RAFVR. No 4 Service Flying Training School. Cranfield
Pilot Under Training
Noel Davies was the pilot who crashed in the first incident for which Bob Hollowday was awarded his George Cross. Coincidentally Noel lived in NE Lincolnshire. At the time of Noel’s enlistment his parents lived at Cleethorpes and moved to Barnoldby-le-Beck near Waltham shortly afterwards.
Noel was born on Xmas Eve 1919 in Derby. His parents were Ronald Harry and Hilda Gertrude Davies and he was the oldest of 5 children - Noel, Stephen, Ruth, Keith and Glyn.
Prior to his enlistment Noel worked as an insurance clerk before joining the in the RAF on the 1st Sept 1939.
Noel completed his basic RAF training at No 3 Initial Training Wing at Hastings and was then transferred to No 4 Elementary Flying Training School where he qualified as a pilot and was awarded his “Wings”. These are shown proudly worn on his tunic in the portrait photo above. Although still under training he was rated a student pilot of Proficiency A and Very Good Character.
He was transferred to No 14 Service Flying Training School at Cranfield in Bedfordshire on the 20th April 1940 where he was to undergo a further period of training. It was during this period that Noel tragically lost his life.
On the 2nd July 1940 Noel was undertaking practise night flying take offs, circuits and landings at the airfield in a Miles Master aircraft N7695. For an unknown reason the aircraft crashed soon after take off at the airfield boundary. Bob Hollowday was first on the scene and made valiant attempts to save Noel but sadly to no avail.
Noel’s remains were returned home at the request of his parents and buried at Cleethorpes Cemetery. See picture of his grave below.
Many thanks to Rachel Davies Carpenter for the photos and information used on this page.