Ronald Watcyn Jones

Memorial: South Gloucestershire war dead not on a local memorial

Regiment: Royal Air Force

Medals: 1939–45 Star, War Medal 1939–1945

Rank and number: Flight lieutenant pilot

Parents: Watkin and Elsie Mabel Jones

Home address: 2 Knowsley Road Fishponds Bristol

Date of birth: 04/07/1911

Date of death: 07/11/1940

Buried/Commemorated at: Mangotsfield Downend Cemetery

Age: 29

Further information:

Ronald was an only child and the son of a school master. He was educated at Bristol Grammar School where he joined the Officer Training Corps and was a keen sportsman, winning the School’s Athletic Challenge Cup in 1930. He went to St Catherine’s College Cambridge, took part in a variety of sports and academic clubs and gained a B.A., Hons. (Cantab.) in Maths and English in 1933. Whilst there, in 1932 he was commissioned as an officer with the RAF Reserves and promoted to Flying Officer 18 months later. He was keen on motor racing and in 1935 won a prestigious cup from Cambridge University Automobile Club. He was called up in 1939, entered training at Cranwell and was posted to an operational squadron in July 1940. He was promoted to flight lieutenant in October 1940, the month before his death. On the day of his death Ronald was piloting Wellington Bomber ICR 3289 from RAF Newmarket on a bombing mission to the Ruhr in Germany, when it was shot down shortly after take-off and crashed 150 yards from Coast Road Felixstowe. Five crew members including Ronald were killed and the 6th was listed as missing.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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