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26.08.1941 No. 82 Squadron Blenheim IV T2165 UX-W Sq/Ldr. Lascelles DFC

Operation: Heligoland

Date: 26th August 1941 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 82 Squadron

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: T2165

Code: UX-W

Base: RAF Bodney, Norfolk.

Location: Target area

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Francis Alfred George Lascelles DFC 40398 RAF Age 29. Killed

Obs: Fl/Sgt. William John Ordway 529743 RAF Age 28. Killed (1)

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Cecil Pollock Weir 551626 RAF Age 21. Killed


Took off at 10.32 hrs from RAF Bodney, Thetford in Norfolk to carry out coastal sweeps with 2 ships claimed as sunk.

Yet again (see previous 82 squadron losses) this squadron suffered multiple losses with 4 aircraft being lost on this operation. T2165 is believed to have been shot down by Lt. Dahne of 2./JG52 - all crew killed.

Also lost from this squadron on this daylight operation:

R3767 UX-R. Flown by 19 year old, Sgt. Reginald Greenough from Doncaster, England, killed with other 2 crew members.
V6435 UX-V. Flown by 30 year old Fl/Lt. Harold Shuttleworth from Nairobi, East Africa, killed with other 2 crew members.
Z7277 UX-F. Flown by Sgt. Alexander Dick commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, killed with other 2 crew members.

(1) Fl/Sgt. William John Ordway was a former pupil of Moseley Grammar school (Now secondary/grammar school. We are working very closely with the school's historians to remember all the ex pupils who died whilst serving with the RAF and recorded on the school memorial.

Left: Grave of the pilot, Sq/Ldr. Lascelles DFC. As photographed by Bart Baeyens for Aircrew Remembered in July 2013. Any relative who would like a higher resolution photograph of the grave Bart would be happy for us to provide you with a copy - free of charge.

Burial details:

Sq/Ldr. Francis Alfred George Lascelles DFC. Sage War Cemetery Grave 13.D.8. Awarded short service commission on the 09th January 1938. Son of Sir Alfred George Lascelles, Kt., K.C. (died 09th February 1952 age 94) and of Lady Isabel Carteret Thynne Lascelles (nee Thynne), of Terrington, Yorkshire.

Fl/Sgt. William John Ordway. Sage War Cemetery Grave 13.D.13. No further details - last known address: 181 Bromyard Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, England.

Fl/Sgt. Cecil Pollock Weir. Sage War Cemetery Grave 13.D.7. Son of George and Maud Weir, of Portrush, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. Grave inscription: 'Lovingly Remembered By Father,Mother And Sisters Iris And Phyllis'.

Researched for relatives of the crew. With thanks to, Keith Townsend historian of Moseley Secondary/Grammar school memorial records, Bart Baeyens of Lembeek, Flanders for the grave photograph taken for Aircrew Remembered in July 2013, Bill Chorley - "Bomber Command Losses Vol 2", Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt "Bomber Command War Diaries", Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

KTY Updated 26-06-2021

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