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    Flying Officer Abel Jocelyn Mellor, RAFVR [Pilot] (142199)
    Attached at 528 Squadron (Based at Little Staughton)
    Died on the night of Saturday, 11 November 1944 at Little Staughton. Presumed death by natural causes as November 1944 summary states 'NIL' for operational casualties.
    F/O Mellor's last operation sortie was to Wanne-Eickel (Ruhr Area) on 9th November 1944 and all crew returned safely. Operation aircraft was a Lancaster III NE140 and one of the 9 aircraft that set off for Wanne-Eickel.
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    Default Re: 1944 Unaccounted Airmen Reconciliation Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by yeoldbarn View Post
    Flying Officer Abel Jocelyn Mellor, RAFVR [Pilot] (142199)
    Attached at 528 Squadron (Based at Little Staughton)
    Died on the night of Saturday, 11 November 1944 at Little Staughton. Presumed death by natural causes as November 1944 summary states 'NIL' for operational casualties.
    F/O Mellor's last operation sortie was to Wanne-Eickel (Ruhr Area) on 9th November 1944 and all crew returned safely. Operation aircraft was a Lancaster III NE140 and one of the 9 aircraft that set off for Wanne-Eickel.
    Hello,

    Try 582 Squadron!

    On the afternoon of November 11 (1944), 10 aircraft were detailed for operations and nine successfully attacked Dortmund. On their way into debriefing, each returning pilot was asked by the intelligence officer whether he had seen Flying Officer Mellor. it transpired that whilst every other member of Mellor's crew had gone out to dispersal, Mellor himself had gone missing. His body was found the following day, some distance from the airfield, in a potato field, his service revolver by his side. The 21-year-old Abel Mellor had taken his own life. He had been with the squadron almost exactly four weeks. It was the only squadron casualty that month.

    Generally morale on the squadron (582), remained high, especially with the arrival of Stafford Coulson who was both well-known and respected amongst the crews. The only damper was the suicide of Flying Officer Mellor.

    F/Lt Reg Cann DFC, 582 Sqn.

    "He was a young, dark-haired lad, and a bit of a loner. His death was very bad for morale, but was the exception rather than the rule. I recall a couple of air gunners who got to their aircraft and couldn't go on, but again such incidents were far from typical."

    See;
    Master Bombers The Experiences of a Pathfinder Squadron at War 1944-1945.
    Feast,Sean
    London:Grub Street,2008.
    pp.119-20 & 168.

    Col.
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    Default Andrew joy welsh

    Andrew joy welsh was murdered .

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    Hi

    According to the ORB, Boulton was killed in a V2 explosion not V1

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    Default Re: 1944 Unaccounted Airmen Reconciliation Thread

    Sergeant Wireless Operator Charles James Brereton (552912) passed away in hospital on 7th Sep. 1944.

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    Default Gabriel M Robertson

    1021416 attached to number 44 group
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    Default James Lyon

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    Default Ronald Phillips

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    To the UK where he died of leukemia .
    His brother Ivor died with the RASC in 1942
    And is buried in the same grave

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