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Sqd.-Ldr L. Wright believed killed - Well known local flying officer

Loughborough Echo 14th May 1943

After being reported missing after an operational flight in North Africa, Sqd.-Ldr. Charles Leonard Wright, only son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Wright, “Ty Gwyn,” Woodhouse Lane, Quorn, is now officially reported as “Believed to have lost his life as the result of air operations.” His many friends in Loughborough and Quorn will receive this news with deep regret.

Mr. and Mrs. Wright have received a letter from the officer commanding the squadron of which Sqd.-Ldr. Wright was second-in-command, in which he says:- “Although he was originally poted as missing, all evidence points to his having been killed in action. I have located certain graves, which I believe to be those of himself and his crew …. He joined the squadron just over three months ago, and since then, not only had he endeared himself by his cheerfulness, but he had also won everyone’s admiration through his gallantry. At the time of his death, he was leading the squadron bombing a German Panzer Division …… There are few people so gallant and cheerful as he was.”

Sqd.-Ldr. Wright was for several years a reporter on the staff of the Loughborough Echo, coming to the paper from the Loughborough College School. He was a popular member of the Loughborough Boat Club and the Rugby Club, and had a wide circle of friends.
Joining the R.A.F. before the war, Sqd.-Ldr. Wright did his training in Egypt. For two years he was A.D.C. to Sir Miles Lampson, British Ambassador in Cairo, relingquishing that post in order to return to flying duties.
He was a young man of fine open character, with a delightful personality and a dashing spirit of adventure, which found fulfilment in his service in the R.A.F.

 Submitted on: 2011-07-14
 Submitted by: Christine Sibcy
 Artefact ID: 1305
 Artefact URL: www.quornmuseum.com/display.php?id=1305
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