21.05.1944 453 Squadron Spitfire IX MK566 FU-L Fl/Sgt. Olsson
Date: 21st May 1944 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 453 Squadron
Type: Spitfire IX
Base: RAF Ford, West Sussex
Location: Near Bernay, France
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. John Oxley Waugh Olsson Aus/413093 RAAF PoW No: 5359 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Bellaria (L3)
We are indebted to Mr. Paul Watts who's father served with 453 Squadron and sent Aircrew Remembered over 400 photographs of the Squadron in January 2018. Anyone interested in the Squadron and are able to identify any of the pilots / ground crew are invited to contact us.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Four aircraft from the Squadron took off at 10:35 hrs on a Ranger operation. Flying as No. 2 to Fl/Lt. Henry L. Smith. Whilst flying at deck level (Fl/Sgt. Ollson reported that they were as low as 25ft) over the area of Lieurey they encountered intense but light flak at 11:15 hrs. Glycol was seen to be streaming from Fl/Sgt. Ollson's aircraft. He then tried to gain height but only managed to climb very slightly.
He then called on his R/T and informed the others that his glycol temperature was now at 140 degrees. Shortly after this he called again and said that he had made a forced landing and that he was 'OK'. He was captured immediately on emerging from his crashed Spitfire.
None - survived the war as a PoW. Born on the 16th February 1921 at Waverley, New South Wales, Australia. Lived at 284 Homebush Road, South Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia. Enlisted on the 02nd November 1941. Liberated by allied forces on or about the 22nd April 1945.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to sources as quoted below: