Personnel Index - Detail

First Names
Ralf Athelsie Pole
Service Number
Crew Position
Posting In
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

Cellist, Sarah Gait, the great niece of Flight Lieutenant Ralf Allsebrook performs a tribute next to his headstone.
(Sarah's link opens in a new window)

For more details see 'The Canal Raids' (link opens in a new window).

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 Allsebrook's nail clippers saved the this link to view/download details of this incident.

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