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150 Squadron Crest
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

Serial: K9483

Code: JN-

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


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.

Burial details:

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.

MB - 31.07.2016

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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