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Michael Ludlow Davis

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Michael Ludlow Davis

February 29, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/86883

Age:

19

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

159 (R.A.F.) Squadron

Additional Information


Born:

July 7, 1924
Rangoon, Burma

Enlistment:

June 8, 1942
Vancouver, British Columbia

Son of Captain Herbert Ludlow and Olga Gwen Davis of Bombay, India. There is a seven-in-nine chance that Pilot Officer Davis lies in Rangoon War Cemetery, Myanmar. The individually unidentified remains of only seven of the nine crewmen from his bomber are buried there in Plot 4, Row E, Graves 14 to 20. Each grave marker reads: An Airman of the 1939-1945 War, Royal Air Force, 29th February 1944, Known unto God.

Pilot Officer Davis and his eight crew members are also commemorated by name on the Singapore Memorial, Singapore. Pilot Officer Davis is commemorated on column 443.

Commemorated on Page 287 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Plot 4, Row E,

Location:

The cemetery is situated between Myienegone and Manthawaddy roundabout (close to the circle) and at the back of Burma Translation Society (Sarbaybeikmann). The entrance to the cemetery is down a lane facing east along PYI road (formerly Prome Road) some 8 kilometres from the port, 12 kilometres from the airport and 5 kilometres from the main railway station. There is no road direction sign to the cemetery, but Monasteries surround the cemetery on three sides. A caretaker resides on site and the cemetery gates are open between 8am and 5 pm. Wheelchair access possible via main entrance.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • Photo of Michael Ludlow Davis– Bombay, India, late '43 or early '44. Michael Ludlow Davis with family & his pilot.  L-R: F/Sgt Allan Arnold, RAAF; Joyce Davis, sister; Capt Herbert Davis, father; Michael; Olga, mother.  Allan skippered Michael's 159 Sqn Liberator when they & crew were shot down & killed by night fighters over Rangoon, Burma on 29 February 1944.
  • Photo 2 of Michael Ludlow Davis– Michael Ludlow Davis, RCAF, later P.Officer J/86883. Rear gunner on 159 Sqn 
Liberator BZ962 "D", shot down over Rangoon by fighters night of 29 Feb 1944. 7 
of 9 crewmen's bodies found in 1951, buried in Rangoon War Cemetery as 
unknowns. 

Michael's Liberator was one of two from 159 Squadron lost on 29 Feb 1944 
to the guns of Nakajima Ki-43 "Oscar" fighter pilots Bunichi Yamaguchi (19 
aircraft shot down) and Hiroshi Takiguchi (9 aircraft shot down) of the 204th 
Sentai, Japanese Army Air Force. Each bomber was attacked from behind after 
searchlights had illuminated it for the fighters.
  • Photo of Grave Marker
  • Photo 2 of Grave Marker

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