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Ella, James Maurice (Sergeant)

Killed in Action 1944-March-25

Male Head

Birth Date: 1924 (age 20)

Son of James and Malinda M. Ella, of West Butterwick, Lincolnshire

Home: West Butterwick, Lincolnshire, England

Service
RAFVR
Unit
44 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Fulmina Regis Lusta (The king's thunderbolts are righteous)
Base
RAF Dunholme Lodge
Rank
Sergeant
Marshal
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Flight Engineer
Service Numbers
1622371

Lancaster Mk.I ME672

Bombing Berlin Germany 1944-March-24 to 1944-March-25

44 Rhodesia Squadron (Fulmina Regis lusta) RAF Dunholme Lodge. Lancaster BI aircraft ME 672 KM-A was Homeward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Josef Nabrich of the 3/NJG 1, who was flying a Heinkel He 219 from Venlo airfield, Netherlands while engaged in an operation against targets in Berlin, Germany. The Lancaster crashed in the De Flaes Swamp, Lage Mierde, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

Sgt KL Radcliffe (RCAF), Sgt JM Ella (RAFVR), P/O BM Hayes (RAFVR), Sgt WG Perrie (RAFVR), Sgt WK Walker (RAFVR) and Sgt RHJ Wellfare (RAFVR) were all killed in action

FS M Fedoruk (RCAF survived and became an Evader, sheltering in Holland until Liberated by Canadian troops 1944-04-09

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The Avro Lancaster is a British Second World War heavy bomber. It was designed and manufactured by Avro as a contemporary of the Handley Page Halifax, both bombers having been developed to the same specification, as well as the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers adopted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the same wartime era.

The Lancaster has its origins in the twin-engine Avro Manchester which had been developed during the late 1930s in response to the Air Ministry Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use". Originally developed as an evolution of the Manchester (which had proved troublesome in service and was retired in 1942), the Lancaster was designed by Roy Chadwick and powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlins and in one version, Bristol Hercules engines. It first saw service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the main aircraft for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed. As increasing numbers of the type were produced, it became the principal heavy bomber used by the RAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF, overshadowing the Halifax and Stirling. Wikipedia

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last update: 2021-09-18 14:32:33

Lancaster Mk.I ME672

KMRAF RoundelA

Delivered to No. 44 Sqn (KM-A) Mar 1944. Missing on operation to Berlin 24/25 Mar 1944. 31 operational hours.


44 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Fulmina Regis Lusta

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