5-6.08.1941 No.103 Squadron RAF Wellington IC W5656 Sgt Greey Location: Chateau Ledquent, Marquise, 15 km SW of Calais, France.
Mission: Frankfurt, Germany.

Date: 5/6th August 1941

Unit: No. 103 Squadron R.A.F.

Type: Vickers Wellington IC

Serial No: W5656

Coded: PM-

Location: Chateau Ledquent, Marquise, 15 km SW of Calais, France.

Pilot: Sgt Denis Maxwell Greey 904243 R.A.F.V.R. Age. 28 – Killed.

Nav: Sgt Johnston Playfair Taylor R/72296 R.C.A.F. Age. 25 – Killed.

Flt/Eng: Sgt Jack Moules 959229 R.A.F.V.R. Age.? – Killed.

W.Op/A/Gnr: Sgt Frederick William Alleway 759220 R.A.F.V.R. Age. 21 – Killed.

W.Op/A/Gnr: Sgt Robert Grattan Griffin 947898 R.A.F.V.R. Age. 21 – Killed.

Sgt Carl Deges 1113660 R.A.F.V.R. Age.? – Killed.


This aircraft took off from its base at Elsham Wolds at 22.45 hours on Tuesday 5th August 1941 en-route to Frankfurt. This bomber was part of a force of 46 Whitley and 22 Wellington aircraft. Good bombing claimed. The town of Mainz, some 20 miles from the target reported bombs also fell there. 2 Whitleys and 1 Wellington lost. Wellington W5656 is reported to have crashed at Chateau Ledquent, reason unknown. Sadly all members of the crew perished in the crash.

The crew of Wellington IC W5656, Sgt Alleway stands 4th from the left (via Alleway)

Last resting place for Frederick Alleway

Calais Canadian War Cemetery

Burial detail: This crew all rest in the Calais Canadian War Cemetery, Leubringhen, Pas de Calais, France.

Sgt Greey 3. E. 4, Son of Horace B. and Florence Greey, of Beoley, Worcestershire.

Sgt Taylor 2. F. 1, Son of Franklin Stearns Taylor and Margaret Ellis Taylor, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Sgt Moules 3. C. 12,

Sgt Alleway 3. D. 4, Son of Frederick Alfred and Minnie Louise Alleway, of Plymouth, Devon.

Sgt Griffin 3. D. 5, Son of H. Grattan Griffin and Daphne F. I. Griffin, of Greysones, Co. Wicklow.

Sgt Deges 2. D. 7. Son of John and Jane Deges.

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless with special thanks to Christine Roadnight (Alleway), updated August 2013.

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