Born: 10th September 1920, Suffolk.
Died: 24th December 1944; age: 24 – aircraft accident – Little Paxton, Cambridgeshire.
Enlistment Date: July 1940.
Service: First served as a ground gunner/aircraft hand/general duties at Bircham Newton, Langham and nearby decoy sites in North Norfolk. In August 1942, Roy moved to Talbenny, Pembrokeshire. After volunteering he was at Aircrew Reception Centre in October 1943,15 ITW in November 1943, 2AGS in January and February 1944 and 21 OTU, Enstone in May 1944 as a Rear Gunner to Arthur Kenyon’s crew. Their only “op” was a nickel drop to Alencon on the 7th July 1944. In August 1944 Roy attended 1666 HCU (61 Base) at Topcliffe, converting to Mk III Halifax. In October 1944,he joined 102 Squadron at Pocklington and after a spell at PFFNTU Warboys, he joined 35 squadron at Graveley on Lancasters.
Rank: Sergeant/Air Gunner; Service Number: 1356347.
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 35 Squadron.
Sec. C. Div. 31. Grave 63.
Relatives Notified & Address: Frederick Arthur & Rose Yallop, of Ipswich.
Father – Frederick Arthur Yallop, born 1897, Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Mother – Rose Ida Yallop (nee Bailey), born 1898, Hollesley, Suffolk.
24th December 1944
Aircraft – Lancaster III Serial Number – PB366 Code – TL-S took off in fog using F.I.D.O. from Graveley, Cambridgeshire at 15.35 on an operation to Cologne, Germany. It crashed immediately after flying into trees at Little Paxton, near the airfield at Graveley. His family received the telegram about Roy’s death on Christmas morning.
Arthur Thomas Kenyon; Flight Officer/Pilot; aged 23; R.A.F.V.R.
Leonard Williams; Sergeant; aged 23; R.A.F.V.R.
Albert Thomas; Sergeant/Navigator; aged 23; R.A.F.V.R.
Alec Henry Cousins; Flight Sergeant/Air Bomber; aged 21; R.A.F.V.R.
Cecil Leonard Blundell; Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator; aged 20; R.A.F.V.R.
Cyril Walter Winter; Sergeant/Air Gunner; aged 23; R.A.F.V.R.
Left – Right – Arthur Kenyon, Leonard Williams, Alec Cousins, Cecil Blundell, Cyril Winter and Roy Yallop.
The following poem was found in the back of an Air Raid Spotters note book belonging to Roy by his brother, Barry.
See them come home, sliding and roaring by
The bright, beloved, marauders of the sky
Stern and serene young profiles and strong hands
That have dealt death and sorrow over lands
Once fair with peace and wine, young love and song.
They flew impersonal elated and strong
See them come in to land, their smiles, their eyes,
The triumph in their step. But strangely lies
Pain in this mouth, pale horror on that brow
That went unruffled, candid, gay, just now.
They have returned, fierce kinsmen of the wind
Brought back their lives but left their youth behind.