Born: 1920, Kirton, Suffolk.
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.
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 http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Bodie.htm
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