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,



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 and is remembered on the School Memorial.


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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