Personnel Index - Detail

Name
ALLSEBROOK
First Names
Ralph Athelstan Pole
Rank
F/L
Service
RAF
Service Number
62267
Crew Position
Pilot
Posting Details
Posted May 1943

 

Awarded the DFC and DSO.

Flew 50 operations with 49Sqn (see the bottom of the page for a ditching incident earlier in 1942)

F/L Allsebrook was killed when 617Sqn attacked the canal at Ladbergen in September 1943 and he is buried in the Reichswald War Cemetery.



Photograph by Dom Howard.
 



Extract is from Bill Chorley's Bomber Command Losses

(See 'The Losses' in The Canal Raids)

49Sqn Association
During an earlier tour, on the 14th February 1942, whilst returning from operations against Bremen on one engine, his Hampden AE397 (EA-G) was forced to ditch when the second engine cut out over the English Channel.

On the day of the ditching, his crew were.......
Pilot:      P/O R Allsebrook
W/Op:   Sgt RLA Woolgar
Nav:      Sgt P Stanbridge
AG:       Sgt J W Wilkinson

P/O Allesbrook's nail clippers saved the day....click this link to view/download details of this incident.

To view a video description of the ditching, follow Sgt Woolgar's link.