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  Sergeant Philp Mellor - 432 Squadron  
 

Sgt Philip Mellor - RAFVR

 
 Sergeant Philip Mellor  was serving as Flight Engineer on board Halifax Mk. BIII LW-583 coded QO-L during an operation to bomb the railyards at Haine St. Pierre on May 8/9 1944. The aircraft was attacked by a night-fighter while flying at approximately 6000 feet, the aircraft caught fire but some of the crew were able to escape. Sgt Mellor, P/O Cannings and pilot F/O Martin were unable to egress the stricken aircraft before it crashed to the ground near Courtrai and were killed, they are buried in the Wevelgem Communal Cemetery in Belgium.

The other crewmembers were:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/O Thomas Martin

RCAF

Pilot

Toronto, Ontario

23

Sgt. W.L. Cantlon - POW

RCAF

Rear Gunner

-

-

Sgt. K. McCartny - POW

RCAF

Mid Upper Gunner

-

-

F/O L. Panzer - EVD

RCAF

Navigator

-

-

F/O D. D'Andrea - EVD

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

-

-

P/O Kenneth Cannings

RCAF

W/Op AG

Medicine Hat, Alberta

20

 F/O Panzer and F/O D'Andrea managed to evade capture after parachuting safely to the ground, Sgt Cantlon and McCartny were captured and became POWs at Camp L3.

 Sergeant Philip Mellor was born on the 7th of March 1911 and the son of George and Nellie Mellor  and brother of William and Mary of Sheffield. He married Edith May and they lived in West Derby, Liverpool where they had two children, Judith and John. Philip was an officer in the Liverpool Police Service prior to enlisting and was 33 years old at the time of his death.


 

 
  Photo courtesy of Judith King (daughter of Philip Mellor , research by Linda Ibrom.