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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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17/18.04.1943 No. 296 Squadron Whitley BD534 F/O. Wallis

Operation: Mezidon

Date: 17/18th April 1943 (Saturday/Sunday)

Unit: No. 296 Squadron

Type: Whitley

Serial: BD534

Code: XH-?

Base: R.A.F. Hurn, Dorset, England.

Location: Mezidon, France

Pilot: F/O. Roger George Wallis 119823 R.A.F.V.R. Age 24. Killed

Obs: F/O. A.P.F. Waddington 118715 R.A.F.V.R. P.o.W. No: 1947 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria

W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O. P. Whithall R/85965 R.C.A.F. Evaded capture. 

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. E. Hughes 969740 R.A.F.V.R. P.o.W. No: 1153 Camp: Stalag Luft Heydekrug

REASON FOR LOSS:

Listed as attacking the Transformer station in Mezidon France. Not sure if it was a bombing operation or part of a parachute drop.

We welcome any further information on this.

P/O. Whithall evaded capture with the assistance of the Marie-Claire line moving through Spain and Gibraltar before finally arriving back in Whitchurch, England on the 5th October 1943.

                     

Mezidon area, France in 1944

                     

Above and left St. Valery-en-Caux Franco-British Cemetery as taken by our Kate Tame during her visit in 2011. Any relative who would like a copy in a higher resolution please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Burial details:

F/O. Roger George Wallis. St. Valery-en-Caux Franco-British Cemetery. Grave B.30. Son of Henry George and Ettie V. Wallis, of Lamberhurst, Kent, England.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Finn Buch, Oliver Clutton-Brock ‘RAF Evaders, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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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