Edward Workman Lindsay

Squadron Edward Workman Lindsay died on 12th August 1944 when H.M.S. Onslow shot down the Liberator EV878 of R.A.F. 224 Squadron over the Bay of Biscay.

Squadron Leader

Edward Workman Lindsay


Squadron Leader Edward Workman Lindsay of Lissue House, Lisburn, Co. Antrim was an experienced Coastal Command pilot having served across the globe by the age of 24 years old.

Squadron Leader Edward Workman Lindsay (74707) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War. He was the younger son of Colonel David Cecil Lindsay and Florence "Sis" Lindsay of Lissue House, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

Before the outbreak of the Second World War, Lindsay studied at Banstead Hall, Eton and Magdalene College, Cambridge. At university, he was in the Air Squadron from where he was commissioned in October 1939. His first posting was to R.A.F. 502 (Ulster) Squadron. He had flown many Coastal Command patrols in the United Kingdom, Iceland, Bahamas, and the Middle East.

Friendly Fire

Ted, as family and friends knew him, died on 12th August 1944 aged 24 years old while serving in R.A.F. 224 Squadron, at R.A.F. St. Eval, Cornwall. Gunners on H.M.S. Onslow accidentally shot down Consolidated Liberator EV878 over the Bay of Biscay.

August 13 1944: (This day was my wedding anniversary) During dark hours of morning a Liberator flew over us and was shot down by Onslow and burst into flames. What a sight, poor fellows, they never had a chance.

Diary of signalman John Emrys Williams (HMS Diadem)

Edward Workman Lindsay has no known grave. His name is on Panel 200 of the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England. His name is on the Second World War Memorial in Railway Street Presbyterian Church, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, and the Royal Belfast Academical Institution War Memorial, Belfast.

In December 1948, the Very Reverend Dr. R.H. Boyd, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland unveiled a memorial plaque to Lindsay. Members of the Lindsay family and other senior Presbyterian ministers attended the ceremony in the Presbyterian War Memorial Hostel, Belfast. In January 1946, the family donated their old home at Lissue House to the Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.