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198 Squadron Typhoon Ib MN702 F/O. James Llewellyn Allan DFC

Operation: Armed Recce

Date: 03rd November 1944 (Friday)

Unit: No. 198 Squadron (motto: Igni renatus - 'Born again in fire'). 123 Wing; No.84 Group, 2nd Tactical Air Force

Type: Typhoon Ib

Serial: MN702

Code: TP-F

Base: B.67, Ursel, Belgium

Location: 's-Heerenhoek, Netherlands

Pilot: F/O. James Llewellyn Allan DFC. J/19586 (R/1159207) RCAF Age 23. Seriously injured


On the 18th August 1944 flying Typhoon Ib R8966 TP-B was hit by enemy flak. Baled out near B.7 Martragny airfield and suffered injuries to his right leg and shock. Admitted to hospital and a walking plaster applied.

Taking off at 08:50 hrs with 7 others flying as Green 1 to attack gun positions Walcheren Islands when F/O. Allan was seen was seen to be hit whilst diving on the target. Black smoke began pouring from his engine and he immediately turned and flew towards allied lines.

Fl/Sgt. Leslie William Sellman (1) flying Typhoon Ib MP115 TP-F as Green 2 followed him down and witnessed the forced landing and subsequent crash near 's-Heerenhoek. This was behind the allied lines and he was rescued from the cockpit by an army unit and taken to a field hospital for treatment.

Sadly he succumbed to his injuries two days later on the 05th November.

(1) The then 22 year old, P/O. Sellman flying Typhoon Ib JP669 TP-S was killed the following year. On the 14th February 1945 shot down by flak and crashed south-east of Goch close to the border of Siebengewald in Netherlands.

Burial details:

F/O. James Llewellyn Allan DFC. Schoonselhof Cemetery. Grave III.E.19. Born on the 08th September 1921 in Valparaiso, Saskatchewan. Educated at Arpsville and Normal School, Worked as a teacher and farmer prior to service. Enlisted on the 13th August 1941 at Saskatchewan. Trained at No. 7 Initial Flying Training School, No. 2 Elementary Flying Training School, No. 1 Service Flying Training School, Awarded flying badge on the 09th October 1942 and promoted to sergeant. No. 17 (P) Advanced Flying Unit, 56 Operational Training Unit. Joined 275 Squadron in May 1943 then to 198 Squadron on the 23rd May 1943.

Son of William James Allan (died 10th October 1985, age 96) and Edna Winefred Allan (née Stouffe - died 1989, age 99r), brother of Ronald, Hugh, David, Jean, Phylis and Marjorie of Box 288, Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Canada. Epitaph: 'He Giveth His Beloved Sleep'.

DFC Citation - London Gazette 08th December 1944:

'Flying Officer Allan has taken part in numerous attacks on enemy road and rail transport tanks, radio installations and gun positions. He has led his section with great skill and courage, qualities which have contributed materially to the successes obtained. He has set a fine example to all'.

Fl/Sgt. Leslie William Sellman 186099 RAFVR. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 30.B.17. Born in Islington, London, England Son of Alfred Morgan Sellman (died in 1968, in Tonbridge, age 77) and Hilda Kathleen Sellman, of Hornsey, Middlesex, England. Epitaph: 'So Be It, Lord; Thy Throne Shall Never, Like Earth's Proud Empires, Pass Away'

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to the National Archive Kew, AIR-27-1170-41/42, Canada Government WW2 Service Records, Paradie RCAF archives.

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