Flying Officer Albert Edwin CRELLIN

Service No: 419296
Born: Maryborough VIC, 6 July 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 18 July 1942
Unit: No. 464 Squadron
Died: Air Operations: (No. 464 Squadron Mosquito aircraft HX858), English Channel area, 5 August 1944, Aged 30 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Edwin Graham Crellin and Florence Crellin; husband of Doreen Muriel Crellin, of Essendon, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Essendon VIC
Remembered: Panel 257, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 109, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Mosquito HX858 took off from RAF Thorney Island at 0230 hours the morning of 5 August 1944, one of 14 aircraft from the Squadron detailed to carry out night intruder attacks on rail junctions, bridges, pontoons, barges, trucks, sidings, trains and marshalling yards in northern France. HX858 failed to return to base from the mission. No trace of the missing aircraft and crew members was found.

The crew members of HX858 were:

Flying Officer Albert Edwin Crellin (419296) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Thomas Allan Orr (426905) (Navigator)


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 A9300, Crellin A E


Lax, M. (Mark) and Leon Kane-Maguire The Gestapo Hunters: 464 Squadron RAAF 1942-5, Banner Books Maryborough QLD 4650, 1999
Vincent, D. (David) Mosquito Monograph: A history of Mosquitoes in Australia and RAAF operations, David Vincent Highbury SA 5089, 1982

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