17/18.04.1943 No. 296 Squadron Whitley BD534 F/O. Wallis
Date: 17/18th April 1943 (Saturday/Sunday)
Unit: No. 296 Squadron
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.
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.