14.05.1940 No. 150 Squadron Fairey Battle I K9483 P/O. Arthur F. Posselt
Operation: Sedan France
Date: 14th May 1940 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 150 Squadron
Type: Fairey Battle MkI
Base: RAF Ecury-sur-Cole, France
Location: le Petit Pont, France
Pilot: P/O. Arthur Francis Posselt 41319 RAF Age 21. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Donald Joseph Bowen 581262 RAF Age 22. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: AC.2nd Class. Norman Victor Vano 630788 RAF Age 18. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During an attack on a pontoon bridge across the Meusee just south of Sedan during the early afternoon when attacked by Bf109’s.
Thought to have been probably shot down by Uffz. Willi Ghesla of 2./JG53. The aircraft came down at 15:20 hrs at le Petit Pont.
Pilots of 1/JG53 taken in September 1940 - L-R: Uffz. L. Reibel, Lt. A. Zeis, Uffz. H. Ruehl, Hptn. H.K. Mayer, Uffz. W. Ghesla, Oblt. H. Ohly, Lt. E. Schulz.
Also lost from the Squadron on the same operation:
Fairey Battle I L4946 Flown by F/O. John Ing 39987 RAF - killed with all crew.
Fairey Battle I P2182 Flown by P/O. John Boon 40597 RAF - killed with all crew.
Fairey Battle I P5232 Flown by Fl/Sgt. George Thomas killed with 1 other crew member - LAC Alan Summerson evaded capture, despite being badly burnt and wounded in the leg.
P/O. Arthur Francis Posselt. Choloy War Cemetery Lorraine, France. Coll. grave 1A.A.10-12. Son of Mr. And Mrs. F.W.T. Posselt, Of Mbabane, Swaziland. Grave inscription reads: “Was It For This The Clay Grew Tall? Earth, Receive An Honoured Guest”
Sgt. Donald Joseph Bowen. Choloy War Cemetery Lorraine, France. Coll. grave 1A.A.10-12. Son of David J. Bowen And Annie Bowen, of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Grave inscription reads: “Of Your Charity, Pray For His Soul. My Jesus Mercy.”
AC. 2nd Class Norman Victor Vano. Choloy War Cemetery Lorraine, France. Coll. grave 1A.A.10-12. Son of Norman And Florence V. Vano, of Liverpool, England. Grave inscription reads: “A Life Given In The Bloom Of Youth. No More Can Mortal Give.”
Researched for Aircrew Remembered by Michel Beckers - july 2016. With thanks to Gordon Poultney Plumtree School for pilot photo, Ben for grave photographs, others from the Michel Beckers collection.