CRELIN ARTHUR WALFORD BODIE

Born: 1920, Kirton, Suffolk.

Died: 24th February 1942; age:21; a flying accident when his Spitfire IIA spun into the ground at Eglinton.

Enlisted on a short service commission – October 1939

Rank: Flight Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number:42790.

Regiment: Royal Air Force, 152 Squadron.

 

Medals Awarded: Distinguished Flying Cross. Gazetted – 8th November 1940.

 

Grave Reference:

Saint Canice’s Churchyard,

Eglinton,

Londonderry,

Northern Ireland.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Henry Crelin Bodie & Elsie May Bodie, of Ipswich; husband of Joan Bodie, of Ipswich.

 

Father: Henry Crelin Bodie, born 1883.

Mother: Elsie May Bodie (nee Smith), born April 1900, Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.

 

Crelin attended Ipswich School.

 

In 1941, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Crelin married Joan Eddowes.

 

Crelin was a ‘Battle of Britain’ Spitfire flying ace, winning many victories. He was officially credited with 7 aerial victories.

24th February 1942

Aircraft: Spitfire IIA Serial number: P8077; Base: Portreath, Cornwall. The Spitfire spun into the ground at Eglinton during training.

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