09.01.1945 No. 541 Squadron Spitfire PR XI PL900 Fl/Lt. Joseph de Puysseleyr DFC
Operation: Photo Reconnaissance
Date: 09th January 1945 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 541 Squadron
Type: Spitfire PR XI
Base: RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
Location: Watford, Hertfordshire.
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Joseph de Puysseleyr DFC. 100652 RAFVR Age 27. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
On the 9th January he left with others from his unit to photograph installation in Berlin. It is thought that the aircraft had been damaged by flak. Although he managed to return he crashed near Watford, killing him instantly.
Above: Fl/Lt. Joseph de Puysseleyr DFC. (see credits)
Spitfires from 541 Squadron (courtesy Imperial War Museum)
DFC awarded 15th September 1943. Citation reads:
‘This officer has successfully photographed enemy objectives ranging from places in Norway to the South of France. Despite frequent opposition from enemy fighters and ground defences, he has successfully completed his missions.’
Left: Dorchester (St. Brinius) Roman Catholic Church (see credits)
Fl/Lt. Joseph de Puysseleyr DFC Dorchester (St. Brinius) R/C. Church. Wife of Pearl Johanna (nee Oxley) Born in Gwent on the 17th October 1918. Arrived in England after France collapsed on August 5th 1940. Trained at 58 O.T.U. in Grangemouth, Scotland before joining 131 Squdron. Further squadrons he served with - 350, 543, 541 Squadrons and 1 Photo Reconnaissance Unit Also awarded the Croix De Guerre 1940, Crois Des Évadés (posthumous), Knight In Leopldsorde with Palmes (posthumous)
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Josette Bens and Mr. Alain Rosseels from Belgium for further information and photographs, WW2 Awards, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Oxfordshire Villages website for Church photograph.