Born: 1920, Kirton, Suffolk.
Residence: 166, Bramford Road, Ipswich.
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.
Crelin was a ‘Battle of Britain’ Spitfire flying ace, winning many victories. He was officially credited with 7 aerial victories.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Henry Crelin Bodie & Elsie May Bodie, of 166, Bramford Road, Ipswich; husband of Joan Bodie, of Ipswich.
Father: Henry Crelin Bodie, born January 1883, Aberdeen, Scotland. A Dental Surgeon.
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.
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. An Aircraftwoman.
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 is also remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School.
24th February 1942
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.