102 (Ceylon) Squadron

Tentate et perficite (Attempt and Achieve)

Pilot Officer Ananda Kularatne

Ananda Kularatne  - 102 Ceylon Squadron
Ananda Kularatne


THE CREW of Halifax HX155 DY-Q- Lost 15/02/44

One of two 102 squadron planes lost this night, LW339 DY-F piloted by F/L Arthur HIlton being the other one.


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158038 Plt Off Ananda Kularatne, RAFVR, 22. (Pilot)
(Sgt 1399701, promoted P/O 22/8/43)
Son of Patrick and Hilda Kularatne
Marriage: 1/9/43 Holly Margaret Bradley, Blackpool Lancashire
Son: Simon Ananda Kularatne DOB 16/8/44
Commemorated at the Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede Panel 211

1439598 Sgt (2nd Plt) Ralph Whitaker, RAFVR. (2nd Pilot)
Son of Arthur and Edith Whitaker of Ikley, Yorkshire
Commemorated at the Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede Panel 240

1392448 Flt Sgt William Frederick Johnson, RAFVR, 27 (Navigator)
Son of Frederick Cupper Johnson and Ada Irene Johnson of Bedingfield, Suffolk.
Commemorated at the Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede Panel 219

James Arthur Downs  - 102 Ceylon Squadron
James Arthur Downs
170437 Plt Off James Arthur Downs, RAFVR, 32. (Wireless Operator)
Son of William and Florence Downs
Husband of Louise Emma Downs of Thornton Heath, Surrey.
Commemorated at the Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede Panel 211

425238 Plt Off Alfred James Stapleton, RAAF, 33. (Air Gunner MU)
Son of Alfred Edward and Lilac Stapleton
Husband of Marjorie Stapleton of Gladstone, MacLeay River, NSW Australia.
Daughter Glenda dob March/April 1943
Buried in Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery Brandenburg Germany Plot 8, Row D, Grave 18.
Original Place of burial Neuer Friedhof Rostock GSGS 4416 1/100 000 Sh K6 MR 875.185

J/14184 Flg Off Jasper Mayton Watson Filmer, RCAF, 28. (Air Gunner Rear)
Son of George and Rose Filmer of Lethbridge, Alberta.
Commemorated at the Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede Panel 246

172498 Plt Off Kenneth William Sherlock, RAFVR, 22, (Flight Engineer)
(Sgt 1446874)
Son of William and Evelyn M. Sherlock of Jarvis Brook, Sussex.
Commemorated at the Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede Panel 212

Ananda Kularatne  - 102 Ceylon Squadron
Ananda Kularatne
J/18903 Plt Off William Mason Maxwell Manser, RCAF, 24, (Bomb Aimer)
of Woodstock, Ontario.
Commemorated at the Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede Panel 251

 

Details for three of the crew members are as follows:

158038 Plt Off (Plt) Ananda Kularatne, RAFVR, 22.

(Sgt 1399701, promoted P/O 22/8/43)

Awards: 1939/43 Star, Aircrew Europe Star, War Medal.

Date of Birth: 25/12/21 ‘Anandagiri’ Stafford Place, Maradana South, Colombo Ceylon

Ananda College Colombo Ceylon 1933-39

University College Colombo Ceylon 1939-41

Left Ceylon October 1941?

Euston                          3/12/41

No 11 ACSB F.2171   3/12/41

William Mason Maxwell Manser  - 102 Ceylon Squadron
William Mason Maxwell Manser

No1 ACRC                   8/12/41

91 TW                            17/1/42

51 G.P. (3.P.P.P.)        11/4/42

S.F.T.S. Cranwell        19/8/42

Awarded Flying Badge    2/2/42

10 O.T.U.                      22/2/43

1652 C.U.                     29/5/43

102 Squadron              2/7/43

Missing                         16/2/44

Commemorated at Runnymede Memorial Panel 211

Son of  Patrick De Silva Kularatne and Hilda Muriel (Westbrook) Kularatne

Ananda Kularatne  - 102 Ceylon Squadron
Ananda Kularatne

Marriage: 1/9/43 Holly Margaret Bradley, Blackpool, Lancashire.

Son: Simon Ananda Kularatne DOB 16/8/44

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/14184 Flg Off (Air Gnr -rear) Jasper Mayton Watson Filmer, RCAF, 28.

Date of Birth:               21/9/15     922-12th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

3 B & G McDonald     1/8/42

Commissioned:          10/9/42

Embarked Canada     23/10/42

Disembarked UK        9/11/42

3 P.R.C.                        10/11/42

10 O.T.U.                      23/2/43

Jasper Filmer, Ananda Kularatne and Alfred Stapleton  - 102 Ceylon Squadron
Jasper Filmer, Ananda Kularatne and Alfred Stapleton

1652 C.U.                     29/5/43

N.V. Course Marston A.A.

102 Squadron             2/7/43

Missing                        15/2/44

Commemorated at Runnymede Memorial Panel 246

Son of George and Rose Filmer of Lethbridge, Alberta.

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 425238 Plt Off (Air Gnr - MU) Alfred James Stapleton, RAAF, 33.

1B. & G.S.

10 O.T.U.

Alfred James Stapleton  - 102 Ceylon Squadron
Alfred James Stapleton

1652 C.U.

N.V. Course Marston A.A.

102 Squadron                         7/43

Buried in Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery Brandenburg Germany Plot 8, Row D, Grave 18.

Original Place of burial Neuer Friedhof Rostock GSGS 4416 1/100 000 Sh K6 MR 875.185 (Imperial War Museum maps)

Son of Alfred Edward and Lilac Stapleton (English parents?)

Husband of Marjorie Stapleton of Gladstone, MacLeay River, NSW Australia.

Daughter Glenda dob March/April 1943

 

 

AnandaKularatneCrew

Crew Photo
Rear Row L to R:
Plt Off William Mason Maxwell Manser, Flg Off Jasper Mayton Watson Filmer.
Middle Row L to R:
Plt Off James Arthur Downs, Plt Off Ananda Kularatne,
Front Row L to R:
Flt Sgt William Frederick Johnson, Plt Off Kenneth William Sherlock, Plt Off Alfred James Stapleton.

 

Ground crew for DY-Q HX155

Ground Crew – Unknown (for my father’s aircraft) - probably Summer 1943

Wireless Operators 1945


102 Squadron Wireless Operators 1945 - Unknown

 

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