13.06.1940 No. 150 Squadron Battle I L5524 P/O. Alfred Gulley
Operation: Vernon-Poix France
Date: 13th June 1940 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 150 Squadron
Type: Fairey Battle MkI
Base: RAF Houssay
Location: Aigleville, south of Evreux, Department of Eure, Normandy
Pilot: P/O. Alfred Richard Gulley 33385 RAF Age 21. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Harold Berry 514724 RAF PoW - Evaded
Air/Gnr: LAC Donald Leslie Phillips 545177 RAF PoW - Evaded
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 10:05 hrs from RAF Houssay to attack roads around Vernon/Poix region. Understood to have been shot down by Uffz. Vollmer of 3./JG3 crash-landed and burned out near Aigleville.
P/O. Alfred Gulley killed during the attempted landing. Sgt. Berry and LAC. Phillips both captured, badly wounded. Aircraft a write-off.
The date of death of Alfred Gulley is recorded by the CWGC as June 14. LAC Donald Phillips was later reported in hospital in Amiens but subsequently escaped and successfully evaded eventually returning to Liverpool, England on the 04th December 1940, via Gibraltar aboard SS Aquila. Later commissioned on the 19th August 1943 (52730) He was the first RAF airman to be awarded the Military Medal (07th March 1941) for escape and evasion.
Due to the severity of his wounds Sgt Berry was repatriated to England on May 19, 1941. Berry was badly burnt on face and hands, escaped from a hospital in Rouen on the 13th September 1940, then proceeded South via Paris, crossing 'the line' on 24th January 1941, passed by the Mixed Medical Board on 21 March for repatriation, left from Gibraltar 2nd June. MiD awarded 11th June 1941
P/O. Alfred Richard Gulley. Aigleville Churchyard, Departement d'Eure-et-Loir Centre, France. (note: the only CWGC grave in the churchyard) Son of Alfred Clifford and Violet Katharine Langston Gulley, of Parkstone, Dorsetshire, England. Grave inscription reads: “There’s Some Corner Of A Foreign Field That Is For ever England”.
Researched for Aircrew Remembered by Michel Beckers - June 2017. Grave photograph courtesy of John Hompens, some wreckage photographs from Loic Lemarchand who lived near the crash site, other photographs from the Michel Beckers collection.