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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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102 Squadron Crest No. 102 Squadron Whitley V Z6573 Sq/Ldr. O.R.C. Moseley

Operation: Essen

Date: 03/04th July 1941 (Thursday/Friday)

Unit: No. 102 Squadron

Type: Whitley V

Serial: Z6573

Code: DY-?

Base: RAF Topcliffe, Yorkshire

Location: No details

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Oswald Robert Compton Moseley 37113 RAF Age ? Killed

Pilot 2: Sgt. Hilton William Fish R/68111 RCAF Age 21. Killed

Obs: P/O. Harold Harry Wells 85022 RAF Age 20. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Patrick Joseph William Ennis 911094 RAFVR Age 21. Killed (1)

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Robert Murray Milligan 976204 RAFVR Age ? Killed


Taking off at 23:14 hrs, joining some 69 Wellingtons and 29 Whitleys to Essen, attacking the Krupps armaments works and railway targets. 3 Wellingtons and 3 Whitleys lost. Returning crews reported that bombing was difficult because of thick cloud. Essen reports only light damage with two people injured, but many bombs fell on the towns of Bochum, Dortmund, Duisberg, Hagen, and Wuppertal as well as on other places". 

Reported as shot down by a night fighter but we have not found any claims to date for this aircraft.

102 Squadron Whitley at RAF Topcliffe.

Reported as shot down by a night fighter but we have not found any claims to date for this aircraft.

102 Squadron lost two other aircraft during this operation:

Whitley P5014 - Flown by 20 year old, Sgt. Donald Fraser Gibson 927583 RAFVR of Muswell Hill, Middlesex England - Killed remaining 4 PoW.
Whitley T4330 - Flown by Sgt A. Davis RAFVR - all crew escaped unhurt after emergency landing on return.

Researched for the Wimbledon College Roll Of Honour - Aircrew Remembered have offered to provide basic information for the school records. Sgt. Patrick Ennis had been a former pupil.

(1) His older brother, 26 year old, Sq/Ldr. Anthony Stewart Reginald Ennis DSO. DFC. 104249 RAFVR, also killed whilst serving with the RAF.

Burial details:

Sq/Ldr. Oswald Robert Compton Moseley. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 6.B.10-11. Son of Oswald Richard Moseley and Catherine Elizabeth (née Gregg). Husband of Irene Margaret Dauber.

Pilot 2: Sgt. Hilton William Fish. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 6.B.10-11. Son of Leonard W. Fish and Veda E. Fish, of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.

Obs: P/O. Harold Harry Wells. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 6.B.10-11. Son of Horace and Mary Annie Wells, of Windsor, Berkshire, England. Husband of Peggy Wells.

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Patrick Joseph William Ennis. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Grave 6.B.9. Son of Wing Cdr. Wilfrid Edmund Ennis and Maud Marie Ennis, of Edgware, Middlesex, England.

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Robert Murray Milligan. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 6.B.10-11. No further details - are you able to assist?

Researched for the Wimbledon College Roll Of Honour. For further details our thanks to the sources shown below.

KTY 15.06.2015

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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