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  Sergeant Roy Yallop - 35 Squadron  
 

Sergeant Roy Arthur Yallop - RAFVR

 

 Roy Arthur Yallop RAFVR, 1356347, was born on the 10th of September 1920 near Ipswich,Suffolk.He enlisted in the RAF in July 1940 and served as a ground gunner/aircraft hand/general duties at Bircham Newton,Langham and nearby decoy sites in North Norfolk until August 1942.He then moved to Talbenny in Pembrokeshire. After volunteering he was at Aircrew Reception centre in October 1943,15 ITW in November 1943,2AGS in January and February 1944 and 21 OTU,Enstone in May 1944 as a rear gunner to Arthur Kenyon’s crew. Their only "op" was a nickel drop to Alencon on the 7th of July. In August 1944 Roy attended 1666 HCU (61 Base) at Topcliffe,converting to Mk III Halifax. In October 1944,he joined 102 Squadron at Pocklington and after a spell at PFFNTU Warboys,he joined 35 squadron at Graveley on Lancasters.

After surviving as gunner to the Ken Potts crew, on the infamous Gremberg daylight raid on the 23rd of December 1944,which earned Robert Palmer a posthumous VC,Roy was killed the next day with the Kenyon crew after taking off in fog with the aid of F.I.D.O.

His family received the telegram on Christmas morning.

 

The following poem was found in the back of an Air Raid Spotters note book belonging to Roy Yallop by his brother, Barry.

See them come home, sliding and roaring by

The bright, beloved, marauders of the sky

Stern and serene young profiles and strong hands

That have dealt death and sorrow over lands

Once fair with peace and wine, young love and song.

They flew impersonal elated and strong

See them come in to land, their smiles, their eyes,

The triumph in their step. But strangely lies

Pain in this mouth, pale horror on that brow

That went unruffled, candid, gay, just now.

They have returned, fierce kinsmen of the wind

Brought back their lives but left their youth behind.


 

 
  Photo and information courtesy of Barry Yallop (Roy Yallop's brother), research by Linda Ibrom.