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    Default Group Captain John Ellis 610 Squadron 1940

    Can anyone please help/ trying to trace any surviving relatives of the late Group Captain John Ellis who flew Spitfires with No. 601 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. Many Thanks.

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    hurri600, Hi,
    John Ellis
    b. 28 Feb 1917 ((MMS Francis) Eastry 2a 1770, or (MMS Wickers) Poplar 1c 814).
    7 Apr 1922 dep London for Bombay aboard the SS Manela? (Possibly, but the Manela (qv) was a ‘military ship’)
    18 May 1936 Cmd (SSC) RAF GD A/Plt Off(p)
    23 Mar 1937 confirmed as A/Plt Off.
    18 May 1937 confirmed as Plt Off.
    23 Sep 1938 Prom Fg Off
    13 Aug 1940 A/Flt Lt (37850) Award DFC. Acting Flight Lieutenant John ELLIS (37850). This officer was employed on offensive patrols over Dunkirk during the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force and led his flight with great courage. On two occasions, whilst deputising for his Commanding Officer, he led a patrol of four squadrons, displaying great initiative and leadership. During these patrols Flight Lieutenant Ellis destroyed two enemy aircraft. Later, whilst engaged on home defence duties, he shot down one enemy bomber. In July, 1940, whilst leading the squadron, he destroyed two enemy aircraft and on the following day he shot down a further three of eight enemy aircraft destroyed by his squadron. Flight Lieutenant Ellis has displayed courage and leadership of a high order.
    3 Sep 1940 Prom Flt Lt.
    2 May 1941 A/Sqn Ldr Award Bar to DFC. Acting Squadron Leader John ELLIS, D.F.C. (37850), No. 610 Squadron. This officer has commanded the squadron since July, 1940, and his personal example and tremendous energy have been mainly responsible for the high state of operational efficiency. The squadron has destroyed at least 89 hostile aircraft, n of which have been shot down by Squadron Leader Ellis.
    16 Dec 1941 Prom T/Sqn Ldr.
    23 Mar 1942 Prom T/Wg Cdr.
    1 Apr 1946 Prom T/Wg Cdr RAFO.
    1 Sep 1945 Cmd Sqn Ldr (Perm) RAF
    31 Jan 1947 Award MiD (as Wg Cdr RAFO).
    1 Jan 1951 Prom Wg Cdr RAF.
    31 May 1956 Award OBE (Wg Cdr RAF).
    1 Jan 1959 Prom Gp Capt.
    d. Nov 2001 Reg Chichester 7791D 2DD 161.⸫
    The DoB seems good (it's a sub-note on one of his early Commissioning LG entries), but I can't isolate the actual Reg in order to get his MMS and, ⸫, family connections. The passage to Bombay aboard the Manela might indicate a military family on an overseas posting (the Manela was ' military ship' at the start of WW2).
    HTH. Best I can do!
    Peter Davies
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    He may have had a twin brother, William? Same YoB on the Manela pax manifest!
    Father and Uncle(?) look like having been Engineers (Railway) from the pax manifest 'Professions'.
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    Peter Davies
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    Thank you for the information Peter

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    Hurri600, and Peter

    Ellis' D.F.C. was reported in the Scotsman, August 5th 1940, and includes the following, which would seem to confirm Peter's D.o.B details:

    "Acting Flight Lieutenant Ellis, who is 23, and was born at Deal..."

    The Cheltenham Chronicle of August 10th also reports the award, and includes:

    "...Acting Flight Lieutenant John Ellis, a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Heller Nichols, of Painswick."

    and:

    "Lieut. Nicholls, who is 21 [sic], is the son of Mr. J. Ellis, the manager of the Oxford branch of the National Provincial Bank, and his mother is a sister of Mrs. Nicholls. He was educated at Sutton Vallence School. Lieut. Ellis has two brothers in the Services, one in the Royal Air Force and the otehr in the Army."

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    Simon

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