Pilot Officer Samuel Evans (RAF)
1918 - 1943
Samuel was the youngest of 5 children, born 1st October, 1922, near Ludlow, Shropshire, England, to Samuel & Jemima Evans who were both Welsh. Due to Sam senior being a Gamekeeper he moved around Wales & Shropshire. They moved back to Wales in the 1930's and Sam went to school in Llanrwst where there is a memorial plaque to him in a local church in the village of Llanddoged, North Wales. He is also commemorated on a war memorial in the nearby village of Dolwyddelan, where his parents moved just before he was killed. Samuel is also honoured on the Malta Memorial, Panel 7.
Samuel enlisted in the RAF as a boy entrant on 15th March 1939 and was later trained as a Wireless Operator/Air gunner. He was serving with South African Air Force 26 Squadron when he was granted a commission on 8th December 1943 (for some reason on the flight record he was still listed as a Sergeant).
Newly commissioned Pilot Officer Samuel Evans was aboard Wellington HZ526 on 18th December 1943 when it failed to return to base at the due time of 15h30. He is still officially listed as “missing”. The aircraft is believed to have been hit by fire from a submarine.
Other crew members known to be aboard were Lt GS Boyd, Lt AH Giraudeau, WO DJJ Smith, WO GP Van der Vyver, who were all SAAF personnel.