Born: 25th July 1903, Gorton, Lancashire.

Baptised: 12th August 1903, at St. James, Gorton. Parents: Mary Jane & George Edward Mallon, an Engine Fitter. Address: 1, Hampden Grove, Gorton.

Died: 20th August 1943; age: 41; aircraft crashed into the sea off Mobasa, Kenya.


Rank: Flight Sergeant; Service Number: 350034.

Regiment: Royal Air Force, 209 Squadron.


Memorial Reference:

Column 269.

Alamein Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George Edward & Mary Jane Mallon; husband of Ruby Ada Mallon, of Ipswich.




1911   45, Beech Street, Gorton, Lancashire.


Ernest was 7 years old and living with his mother & siblings.

Mary Jane Mallon (nee Barker), 44, born Openshaw, Lancashire.

George Edward Mallon, 15, an Office Boy – Engineering Works, born Gorton, Lancashire.

Gladys Mallon, 11, born Gorton.

Alice Mallon, 10, born Gorton.

John Barker Mallon, 3, born Darlington, Durham.


Father: George Edward Mallon, 1866, born Gorton.


In 1929, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Ernest married Ruby Ada Mudd, born 1909, Ipswich.

They had 5 children.


20th August 1943

Aircraft: Catalina IB; serial number: FP302; based at Kipevu a suburb of Mombasa, Kenya. On the 20th August 1943, FP302 was taking part in a night time training exercise to practice depth charge attacks on pinnace ( a light boat). The Catalina clipped the sea with a wing whilst searching for the target and crashed at 20:00hrs. There were no survivors.


Edwin Ronald Brooke Roberts; Flight Lieutenant/Captain; age 27; R.A.A.F.

Gerard Euan Wallace; Wing Commander; age 28; R.A.F.V.R.

Ernest Hallas; Flight Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 23; R.A.F.V.R.

Stanley Borrill; Sergeant/Flight Engineer; age 41; R.A.F.

James Malcolm Snowden; Sergeant/ Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

John Mitchell Inglis; Flight Lieutenant; R.A.F.V.R.

Victor Bowring Field; Flight Officer; age 24; R.A.F.

Dennis William O’Leary; Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.


Norman Edwards; Leading Aircraftman; R.A.F.V.R.

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