Flying Officer George Edward Lumley

Flying Officer George Edward Lumley

The Darlington Historical Society was contacted by a gentleman who, whilst clearing a house he’d recently purchased, had found some ephemera belonging to George Edward Lumley. Member of the Society including Anthony Magrys have researched George Edward Lumley.

He was born in 1912 the son of Edward and Mary Jane Lumley who lived on Brook Terrace in Darlington.  George Edward became a glass blower of scientific instruments.  He moved to Billingham and married Nellie Burton, with whom he had two daughters, Patricia and Cynthia.  In 1936 he joined the Territorial Army at Darlington as a signalman in the Royal Corps of signals.  He left the Territorials in January 1939 to join the Royal Auxiliary Air Force as a wireless operator.

He first served with 608 Squadron flying out of Thornaby.  On 2nd Feb 1940 he and Flying Officer Johnson, Pilot Officer Lambert and Corporal Young were on board an Anson (N199 UL-M).  It crashed in the sea due to engine failure and sank after 45 minutes. The crew were rescued by a minesweeper 6 miles off Blyth.  Another Anson he flew in crashed near North Skelton on 19th June 1940, George Edward was injured but the pilot was killed.  Flying Office Lumley was later transferred to RAF Silloth.  On 15th September 1944 he was on board a Wellington taking part in an night time exercise when  the plane crashed into the sea.  Though the pilot and another crew member survived, George Lumley and three other crew members did not.  Their bodies and the survivors were picked up by a trawler.  George Lumley is buried in Darlington’s West Cemetery.

The Historical Society would like George Lumley’s descendants to have these documents and photographs and can be contacted via the Society’s contact page.


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