Personnel Index - Detail

First Names
Fred William
Flying Officer
Service Number
Crew Position
Posting In
Posted in 2/45


Flew 14 operations and one Exodus mission with the Squadron.

Awarded the DFM.

F/O F Eltis - Pilot
Sgt R J Wood - F/E
F/Sgt B Howland - Nav
F/Sgt C Perfect - B/A
F/Sgt J Mulligan - W/Op
Sgt E A Read - A/G (MU)
Sgt J Greaves - A/G (RG)

The F/O Eltis crew prior to the February 1945 raid on Dresden (RAF Fulbeck).
F/O Eltis (pilot) is wearing the peaked cap, Sgt Greaves (extreme left) and Sgt Read (extreme right).............other names not yet known.

Click this link for the debriefs of F/O Eltis's operations (depending on your settings, this PDF file may download)

Captain Eltis was killed in a flying accident in 1957.

Image courtesy of Andy Eltis

Captain Fred Eltis and Andy Eltis (en-route Funchal - Southampton).

Today, Andy has a clear memory of the photograph being taken!

Additional information received from Andy:

Dad (Fred) was captain of Aquila Airways Solent flying boat G-AKNU which had just departed Southampton waters late on the 15th November 1957. A short while later it suffered an engine failure and was attempting to return to Southampton when it crashed into the Isle of Wight at 22:46. Two engines were stopped at the time of the crash. Waiting for him in Funchal Madeira were me, my mum Helga and sister Helen.

Click here to view more details of this accident (in a new window)