LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Sydney Frank BELBIN

Service No: 408140
Born: Hobart TAS, 5 October 1908
Enlisted in the RAAF: 3 January 1941
Unit: No. 103 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Elsham Wolds
Died: Air Operations (No. 103 Squadron Lancaster aircraft W1220), Netherlands, 5 September 1942, Aged 33 Years
Buried: Leeuwarderadeel (Jelsum) Protestant Churchyard, Friesland, Netherlands
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Joseph Stanley and Emma Elizabeth Belbin; husband of Mattie Belbin, of Ulverstone, Tasmania, Australia
Roll of Honour: Burnie TAS
Remembered: Panel 118, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Lancaster W1220 took off from RAF Elsham Wolds at 0001 hours on the morning of 5 September 1942, detailed to bomb Bremen, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. The aircraft crashed at 0339 at Jelsum (Friesland), 5kms north north west of Leeuwarden, Holland, and all the crew members were killed.

The crew members of W1220 were:

Flight Sergeant Alex Henry Beesley (404631) (First Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Sydney Frank Belbin (408140) (Navigator)
Sergeant James Grant Crockett (403393) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Ernest Lewis Davies (404934) (Pilot)
Sergeant John James Parish (622589) (RAF) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Sidney Mervyn Selway (1376161) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)
Sergeant John Douglas Whitehead (1057167) (Air Bomber) (Wireless Air Gunner)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/23/154

Bibliography:

Charlwood, D.E.C. (Donald Ernest Cameron) (408794) No Moon Tonight (Angus and Robertson 1956), Penguin Ringwood VIC, 3134, 1991

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