January 18 – Lurgan pilot dies in USA. Roll of Honour

Twenty year old Robert Lawther from Lurgan died this day in 1943 in an aircraft accident whilst undergoing pilot training in USA. His grave is in Mesa City Cemetery, Arizona. Four Inniskilling Fusiliers are among those who fell on this day in WW2. Twenty year old Leonard O’Neill from Stewardstown died in Rangoon in 1943, Thomas Blemings and Thomas Lambert from Dungannon and James Maguire from Enniskillen died in Italy in 1944. In 1945 a 19 year old Royal Scots Fusilier became the youngest member of the forces to be awarded the Victoria Cross in WW2

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