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 Lieutenant/Pilot; Service Number:42790.

Regiment: Royal Air Force, 152 Squadron.

 

Medals Awarded: Distinguished Flying Cross. Gazetted – 8th November 1940 – “great courage, skill and determination” in the performance of his duties.

 

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.

On leaving school, he obtained a post with a commercial firm in London, but gave this up a few weeks before the outbreak of war to train as a pilot.

http://www.ipswichschoolmuseumandarchives.co.uk

 

On the 9th August 1941, at St. Mary’s Church, Sawston, Cambridgeshire, Crelin married Joan Eddowes, of 8, Agnew Road, Manchester, Lancashire – born 1920, Chorlton, Lancashire.

 

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

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

 

JOAN

In October 1945, Crelin’s widow, Joan, of 8, Agnew Road, Manchester, Lancashire re-married, at Burlington, Vermont, New England to Louis Charles Giles, of Limes Avenue, Bramford, Suffolk.

 

A readers note:

My mother-in-law bought me a t-shirt for my birthday. It was a picture of a Spitfire, with the markings LZ F x4321. Thinking it was just a made up number, I was very surprised and proud, that those Markings actually belong to, Crelin Arthur Walford Bodie. It’so been a privilege to read about this man’s career as a Spitfire pilot. RIP sir.

Mr. Trevor Parsons.

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