102 (Ceylon) Squadron

Tentate et perficite (Attempt and Achieve)

Flying Officer Harold T. Ellis


Shot down on the 21/22nd Jan 1944 whilst on a operation to Magdeburg

ON the same night the following planes also went down: HX149 - LW274 - JN952

The Crew of HX150 - DY-M

F/S Harold T.Ellis - Pilot - KIA - Aged 27 - (C.W.G.C. Page)
Sgt Reginald Symcox - Flight Eng - Aged 20 - KIA - (C.W.G.C. Page)
F/O F. Joseph Payne - Nav - PoW
F/S William Millar - B/A - PoW
Sgt Stanley G. Adams - PoW
Sgt James Sydney Fraser - Mid Upper Gunner - Aged 19 - KIA - (C.W.G.C. Page)
Sgt Leonard J. Wilson - Rear Gunner - KIA - (C.W.G.C. Page)

HX150 took off at around fifteen minutes past eight at night, from Pocklington.

Outbound at 18,000 feet, intercepted and shot down by a night-fighter 40 miles SE of Flensburg, exploding on the ground with great force.

The Halifax fell near Becklingen (Bergen), 14 km SSE of Soltau, where Sgt Leonard Wilson is buried in Becklingen War cemetery.

The others killed have no known graves.

Sgt S.G.Adams was interned in Camps L4/L3/L6, PoW no.1018.
F/S W.Millar in Camp 4B, PoW No.270066. "

 

Harold T.Ellis Reginald Symcox F. Joseph Payne William Millar Stanley G. Adams James Sydney Fraser Leonard J. Wilson

 

HX149 DY-J took off at around ten minutes past eight at night, from Pocklington.

Leaving Magdeburg at 18,500 feet, intercepted by a night-fighter whose fire severely damaged the flying controls and set alight to the starboard wing.

Crash- site not established.

Those killed are buried in the Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery.

F/S J.W. Gregory PoW
Sgt Idris Davies KIA - (C.W.G.C.)
F/O D.C.E. Bradshaw RCAF PoW
Sgt R.J. Irvine RCAF PoW
Sgt James Thomas Arthur Mitchell - Aged 21 - KIA - (C.W.G.C.)
Sgt Kenneth Solman Crisfield - KIA - (C.W.G.C.)
Sgt D.L.F. Bellamy PoW

Sgt D.F.Bellamy was interned in Camps 4B/344. Pow No.270007.
F/O Bradshaw RCAF was interned in Camp L3. Pow No.3442.
F/S J.W.Gregory in Camp L1, PoW No.2545.


LW274 DY-R took of from Pocklington at around 7.47pm.

Sgt Joseph Morrison Smith - Aged 20 - KIA (C.W.G.C.)
Sgt Reginald Claude Betts - Aged 23 - KIA (C.W.G.C.)
F/O Alan Leslie Clogg RCAF - KIA (C.W.G.C.)
F/O Lawrence William O'Neill RCAF - Aged 24 - KIA (C.W.G.C.)
Sgt Dougas George Forster - Aged 20 - KIA (C.W.G.C.)
Sgt Ronald William Chadwick - Aged 19 - KIA (C.W.G.C.)
Sgt Norman Taylor - Aged 20 - KIA (C.W.G.C.)

It crashed in the North Sea off Flamborough Head,

The bodies of both Air Gunners were recovered and taken for burial to their home towns.

Their five comrades are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

 

JN952 DY-L took off from Pocklington around 7.45pm.

WO2 Michael Francis Headly RCAF - KIA - (C.W.G.C.)
Sgt John Boland - Aged 22 - KIA - (C.W.G.C.)
WO2 E.T. Watt RCAF - Aged 20 - PoW
F/O Orvin Kenneth Nelson RCAF - Aged 31 - KIA - (C.W.G.C.)
Sgt J.A. White - Aged 20 - PoW
F/S Jack Frederick Blair RCAF - Aged 28 - KIA - (C.W.G.C.)
Sgt Ross Harvey Stanley RCAF - Aged 19 - KIA - (C.W.G.C.)

The cause of loss and crash site has not been established.

Those killed are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

WO2 E.T.Watt was interned in Camps L6/357, PoW No.1087.
Sgt J.A.White in Camp 4B, PoW No.270097.

 

Source's:

102 Squadron Association Newsletter
C.W.G.C. Web Site
ORB's
War Diary of Pocklington: Mike Usherwood
It's Suicide, but it's fun: Chris Goss

 

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