Pyle, Alec


Pyle, Alec
J E A Pyle


Seven items. The collection concerns Flying Officer John Edgar Alexander "Alec" Pyle (1922 - 1944, 175907, Royal Air Force) and contains a report on the crash of Lancaster LM595 at Oude Tonge, Netherlands, photographs and an emergency axe. He flew operations as a pilot with 622 and was killed 21 July 1944.

Additional information on Alec Pyle is available via the IBCC Losses Database.

The collection has been donated to the IBCC Digital Archive by P Deaton and catalogued by Barry Hunter.




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Pyle, JEA

Collection Items

Flying Officer John Edgar Alexander "Alec" Pyle
A head and shoulders portrait of Alec Pyle in uniform with pilot's brevet.

Lancaster Emergency Axe
Four photographs of an axe recovered from Alec Pyle's Lancaster after the crash in 21 July 1944.
Photo 1 and 2 are both sides of the axe.
Photo 3 has a label with a comment 'Emergency Axe recovered from the crash of Lancaster LM595 on July 21st…

Alec Pyle and Crew
Five photographs of Alec and his crew. #1 is of six airmen under the starboard wing of a Stirling, captioned 'Photograph of the crew of LM595'. #2 is a slightly enlarged version of #1 , captioned 'It is difficult to identify the crew exactly but L to…

Alec Pyle
A biography of Alec written by his step sister's husband. He details the family history, his search for the grave site, his visit to the grave in 1992 and their research on the crash.

Alec Pyle's Operational Flight Records
The records were extracted from those kept at Kew.

Preface: The Crash of Lancaster LM595
An account of the crash of Alec's Lancaster in Overflakkee, Holland by his step sister and husband. Included in the account is a portrait of Alec and a list of the crew who died that night.
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