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John Wilson AdeyAge: 1919221942

John Wilson Adey
Given names
John Wilson
Birth 29 June 1922 50
Address: 19 Boileau Road, Ealing, London Borough of Ealing, London, England.
Death of a paternal grandfatherWilliam Thomas Adey
5 December 1925 (Age 3)
Death 22 January 1942 (Age 19)

Cemetery: South Ealing Cemetery
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elder brother
Edward Stanley Adey
Birth: 5 May 1915 43Ealing, London Borough of Ealing, London, England
Death: 28 November 1995Margate, Kent, England
3 years
elder brother
Peter William L Adey
Birth: 13 September 1918 46Ealing, London Borough of Ealing, London, England
Death: 5 May 1985Ealing, London Borough of Ealing, London, England
4 years
John Wilson Adey
Birth: 29 June 1922 50Ealing, London Borough of Ealing, London, England
Death: 22 January 1942

The Roll of Honour in The Times 25th February 1942 announced that John had been killed in action. We do not know when he joined the RAF but John would probably have been stationed at either Swinderby or Skellingthorpe in Lincolnshire and would have flown a Hind or a Hampden. 50 squadron bombed a seaplane base at Hornum on the island of Sylt in March 1940, it then attacked many other targets including Berlin. In December 1940 it took part in the bombing of Mannheim and in December 1941 operating from a base in Northern Scotland it bombed a gun battery and dropped smoke bombs on the island of Vaagso (German occupied Norway) in preparation for the landing of troops. On 22nd January 1942 he flew a Hampden I serial AT142 Code VN from RAF Skellingthorpe to Munster and crashed on his return at 22.20 at Exton 4 miles ENE of Oakham whilst attempting to land at RAF Cottesmore. The other crew members were 89609 Flying Officer (Pilot) David Brian Pearce, 942640 Sergeant (W.Op/Air Gnr) Francis Haydn Brooke and 932941 Sergeant (W.Op/Air Gnr) Archibald Donald Jory. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission shows that his service number was 934201, he was a Sergeant (pilot) in The Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 50 squadron which means we would have been a bomber pilot. He was 19 years old when he and his crew were killed in action and he is buried in Section C, Row H, Grave 6 of South Ealing Cemetery.

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