George Ellis Langdon

George Ellis Langdon

Rank:Flight Lieutenant
Regiment:Royal Air Force
Country:United Kingdom
Service Number:70381
Cemetary/Memorial: Harwell Cemetary (Grave 606)
Awards:1939-1945 Star
1939-1945 War Medal

Born on 30th March 1906 in St Munden, Hertfordshire, Flight Lieutenant Langdon died on 26th November 1940, aged 34 on board Wellington bomber L4326 that crashed at RAF Hampstead Norris, Knebworth after the aircraft suffered an engine failure.

George was the son of Rev. Alfred George Langdon (1869-1928) and Ethel Phoebe (nee Ellis, b. 1871).

He was younger brother of Phoebe Nancy Langdon (born at Windsor Castle in 1899, died 1974) and husband of Elinor Mary.

George, known as John, was a pupil at St Ronan’s from 1916 to 1920. In 1922, he was confirmed in the school chapel in 1922 and gained a prize for shooting. He returned to visit the school in 1925 and 1927 and 1928 and 1929 and 1931 and attended the Old Ronians’ Dinner in 1925 and 1927 and 1928 and 1930 and 1934.

He went on to Repton (1920-1924) where he was in the New boarding house. He came first in his form, winning the Form Prize and Distinctions in English Subjects and Languages. He played for his House in the Senior House matches. He spent a year in the Engineering Upper Fifth before going on to study Engineering at the
City and Guilds, alongside a Saint Ronan’s classmate, C.H. Spens. They both passed the London Matriculation Exam in 1925, when only seven out of 40 candidates passed.

He joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve as a Flying Officer in 1927.

In 1929 he went to work at gramophone company, Columbia where he found P.W. Willans, another old Saint Ronan’s boy.

In July 1933, he is recorded as entering Canada as an electrical engineer, aboard the Empress of Japan.

In 1940 he was appointed Flight Lieutenant. An instructor on No 15 OTU, he was killed whilst flying Wellington I, L4326 which stalled in the circuit at Hampstead Norris. He is buried in Harwell Cemetery.

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