Second World War - Lynsted Memorial Project
Edwin Dennis KITE (of Doddington)
b. 19th April 1920
Sergeant Air Gunner, Service Number 1150992
Born in Hollingbourne on 19 April 1920, Edwin was the son of Dennis Oscar (who predeceased Edwin) and Lily (née Croucher) Kite. At the time of the 1939 Register Dennis was living with his now widowed mother at Frangbury Farm, Doddington. He working as a fencer and woodsman.
Edwin was based at RAF Langar in Nottinghamshire. The first flying unit arrived there in September 1942 when No. 207 Squadron arrived with Lancaster bombers from RAF Bottesford. 207 Squadron was a major RAF Bomber Command unit and participated in major raids on occupied Europe. It also became a major repair and maintenance base for Lancaster bombers.
On Wednesday, 22 September 1943, Edwin was on board "Avro Lancaster (type III, with serial ED442 and code EM-W)". At 18.37hrs they took off for a mission to Hanover. It did not return and the Lancaster and the entire crew were lost. Edwin died alongside Pilot Officer Geoffrey Lewis Coxon, Air Gunner Sergeant Henry Alfred Freeman, Sergeant Hugh Fulton (navigator), Air Bomber Sergeant John Lockwood Holding, Sergeant Albert William Marsh (flight engineer), Sergeant Kenneth Savill (wireless operator) and Sergeant Frederick Cyril Shergold (navigator).
All are buried in Hanover War Cemetery.