Malvern College Second World War Casualty

Sgt. Denis Maxwell Greey

House and time at Malvern: 4, 1926 - 1930.

Regiment: R.A.F..
Died: 06 August 1941 aged 28 in France. Missing, presumed killed in action.
Battle: Bomber Command. Cemetery: Calais Canadian War Cemetery, Leubringhen 3. E. 4.

Son of Horace B. and Florence Greey, of Beoley, Worcestershire, England, and 41 St Agnes Rd., Moseley, Birmingham.
Mod Lan. V. House Prefect.

103 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
The squadron flew Vickers Wellington bombers.

Reported Missing Aug. 1941; now known to have been killed with all his crew.

Wellington W.5656, with a crew of six, took off from Elsham at 22:15 on 5th August 1941 for operations over Frankfurt. A last W/T communication stating mission completed at 01:13 was received at 02:20 on the 6th. Six other aircraft from the Squadron successfully attacked the same target. There were no reports of other than the normal amount of flak and searchlight activity over enemy territory.
Telegrams from the International Red Cross state that all six members of the crew (Sergeant D M Greey - Captain, Sergeant J P Taylor (RCAF) - 2nd Pilot, Sergeant J Moules - Navigator, Sergeant F W Alleway - 1st W/T Operator, Sergeant R G G Griffin - 2nd W/T Operator, Sergeant C Deges - Air Gunner) were killed.
The aircraft crashed in the midst of a windstorm at 'Moscou' in the communue of Tardinghen. According to the proprietor of the farm, the aircraft exploded on touching the ground, and the wreckage was thrown over a considerable area.
This was Sgt Greey's fourteenth sortie as Captain with this crew, he had previously completed a further nine sorties as 2nd pilot.
Missing report: AIR 81/8104

Squadron operation records: AIR 27_813_41
Detailed records: AIR 27_813_42