On August 3, 1942, H.M.S. Victorious set out from Britain to participate in Operation Pedestal - a convoy mission to re-supply Malta. On August 7, Leading Airman James F. Elson lost his life when his plane went down into the sea. His name is listed on the Lee-On-Solent Memorial. He was 23 years old.
From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
The principal base of the Fleet Air Arm, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, was chosen as the site for the memorial to the almost 2,000 men of that service who died during the Second World War and who have no known grave.
|Lee-On-Solent Memorial of the Fleet Air Arm|