05/06.08.1941 No. 103 Squadron Wellington IC W5656 Sgt. Greey
Operation: Frankfurt, Germany.
Date: 5/6th August 1941 (Tuesday/Wednesday)
Unit: No. 103 Squadron RAF
Type: Wellington IC
Base: RAF Elsham Wolds
Location: Chateau Ledquent, Marquise, 15 km. South West of Calais, France.
Pilot: Sgt. Denis Maxwell Greey 904243 RAFVR Age 28.Killed
Pilot 2: Sgt. Johnston Playfair Taylor R/72296 RCAF Age 25 Killed
Obs: Sgt. Jack Moules 959229 RAFVR Age 32. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frederick William Alleway 759220 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Robert Grattan Griffin 947898 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Sergeant Carl Deges 1113660 RAFVR Age ? Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
This aircraft took off from its base at Elsham Wolds at 22:45 hrs. on Tuesday 5th August 1941 en-route to Frankfurt.
This bomber was part of a force of 46 Whitley and 22 Wellington aircraft. Good bombing claimed. The town of Mainz, some 20 miles from the target reported bombs also fell there. 2 Whitleys and 1 Wellington lost. Wellington W5656 is reported to have crashed at Chateau Ledquent, reason unknown, although 'probably' due to flak, as no Luftwaffe night fighter claims can be attributed to this loss.
The crew of Wellington IC W5656
Brass Alter Set (The figure of Christ is a replacement for the original which had become broken) The Crucifix is inscribed: “the gift of Marjorie and Howard Baker in affectionate remembrance of Denis 1949” the candlesticks share an inscription between them: “the gift of Derek Greey” “in memory of Denis 1949” (courtesy Robin Simmons)
Left: Memorial to Sgt. Greey at St. Leoanard's Church, Beoley, The stone is inscribed: 'In proud memory of Sergeant pilot Denis M. Greey of Beoley Hall who was killed flying on active service 6th of August 1941 aged 28. There is some corner of a foreign field that is forever England.' (courtesy Robin Simmons)
Sgt. DenisMaxwell Greey. Calis Canadian War Cemetery. Grave 3. E. 4. Son of Horace B. and Florence Greey, of Beoley, Worcestershire, England. Denis's father was Horace B. Greey, who owned Grey's Department Store in Birmingham. (Note the slight variation in spelling). The Greys owned Beoley Hall. As well as restoring the Chapel in their son's memory, they also supported the church by allowing the Church Fete to be held in the grounds of the Hall until Horace passed away in the early seventies.
Right: Memorial plaque in the Sheldon Chapel: “A.M.D.G. in pious memory of Denis Maxwell Greey of beoley hall killed in the war 1939 – 1945 while serving with the royal air force this chapel was repaired and brought back into use by his parents: Anno Domini 1947” (courtesy Robin Simmons)
Sgt. Johnston Playfair Taylor. Calis Canadian War Cemetery. Grave 2. F. 1. Son of Franklin Stearns Taylor and Margaret Ellis Taylor, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Sgt. Jack Moules. Calis Canadian War Cemetery. Grave 3. C. 12. Born in Islington London in July 1909. He was the son of Frank Waby and Emily Rebecca (née Naylor) Moules.
Sgt. Frederick William Alleway. Calis Canadian War Cemetery. Grave 3. D. 4. Son of Frederick Alfred and Minnie Louise Alleway, of Plymouth, Devon, England.
Sgt. Robert Grattan Griffin. Calis Canadian War Cemetery. Grave 3. D. 5. Son of H. Grattan Griffin and Daphne F.I. Griffin, of Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.
Sgt. Sergeant Carl Deges. Calis Canadian War Cemetery. Grave 2. D. 7. Son of John and Jane Deges.
With thanks to the following: Sid Finn - 'Black Swan, a history of 103 Squadron' (ISBN 10 Number 1872308007), Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol. 3', The CWGC, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2'. Also to Dave Champion for further details -July 2018.