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619200   Wireless Operator / Air Gunner Samuel John Lytle
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 28/02/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 44 Squadron, Royal Air Force (British Air Force)
Died: 08/07/1941 (Killed in Action)
Age: 20
Summary      
Samuel John Lytle was the son of John S Lytle. He was born about 1921. Samuel served with the Royal Air Force in World War Two. By July 1941, Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner) Samuel Lyttle was serving with 44 Squadron. On the night of the 8th July 1941, Flight Sergeant Samuel Lyttle was on board a Hampden I (Serial No AD840) when it set out on a night raid over Hamm, Germany. The aircraft failed to return and was presumed shot down. Flight Sergeant Samuel John Lytle was part of the four man crew of the Hampden. Flight Sergeant Samuel John Lytle is buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery in Germany.
Further Information
Samuel John Lytle was the son of John S Lytle. He was born about 1921.
Samuel served with the Royal Air Force in World War Two.
By July 1941, Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner) Samuel Lyttle was serving with 44 Squadron.
On the night of the 8th July 1941, Flight Sergeant Samuel Lyttle was on board a Hampden I (Serial No AD840) when it set out on a night raid over Hamm, Germany. The aircraft failed to return and was presumed shot down.
Hampden aircraft
Flight Sergeant Samuel John Lytle was part of the four man crew of the Hampden. The other crew were: Sergeant A W Wilson, Sergeant H D Makenzie and Sergeant LA Soutar.
Flight Sergeant Samuel John Lytle is buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery in Germany.
Flight Sergeant Samuel John Lytle headstone
Flight Sergeant Samuel John Lytle is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial
Flight Sergeant Samuel John Lytle is also commemorated on the family headstone in Brackaville Parish Church of Ireland in Coalisland, County Tyrone.
Family grave in Brackaville Parish Church, C of Ireland
Family grave in Brackaville Parish Church
Family grave in Brackaville Parish Church
Erected by Rachel Lytle of Coalisland in memory of her husband Robert K Lytle, who died 26th June 1895 aged 40 years. Also his mother, Margaret Lytle who died 3rd January 1902 aged 80 years. Also Dora Lytle died 19th July 1932, aged 5 months. Also Rachel, widow of Robert K Lytle, died 17th January 1935, aged 76 years. William R K Lytle died 13th October 1943, aged 56 years. Ruby Mullan died 12th January 1945, aged 38 years. Also Samuel John, Flight Sergeant R.A.F., youngest son of John S Lytle, killed in action 8th July 1941 aged 20 years. Kezia Matilda Lytle died 15th March 1952. John Samuel Lytle died 31st March 1958. ‘Not lost but gone before’
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Brackaville Ch of Ireland Coalisland On family headstone in Ch of Ire 54.536947 -6.703322
References and Links
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1 FindAGrave.com Photo of F/Sergeant Samuel John Lytle's family gravestone in Brackaville
2 German Grave website Photo of F/Sergeant Samuel John Lytle's gravestone
3 National Archives UK Official details of crew and accident
4 RAF Commands - AD840 Details of crew and accident
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of F/Sergeant Samuel John Lytle's gravestone can be purchased here
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