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 Lieutenant/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.


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

Bodie (left) with P/O JB Kendal at 66 Squadron

Courtesy of Gravesend Airport Heritage Project and


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


Crelin is also remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School.


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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