Addison, Joseph Horace

Personal Information

Rank P/O
Forename(s) Joseph Horace
Surname Addison
Gender M
Age 29
Date of Death 29-06-1943
Next of Kin Son of Horace Nowell Addison and Melanie Clare Addison (née Morris). Husband of Irene Addison (née Kershaw), of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Date of marriage 5 September 1935. Father of Dolores Lola Addison, born 5 December 1936.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Avro Lancaster I
Serial Number W4827
Markings PM-W

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Netherlands
Burial/Memorial Place Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery
Grave Reference Plot 69. Row B. Coll. grave 19.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 1
Panel Number 1

Enlistment Information

Service Number C/16683
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 1
Squadron 103
Trade Air Gunner
Country of Origin Canada

Other Memorials

Location All Saints Church, Elsham, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Stone Tablet
Memorial Text Dedicated to all who served at RAF Elsham Wolds on 103 7 576 Squadrons 1941-45
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Location Anglian Water Treatment Works, Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Stone Pillar & Plaques
Memorial Text Pillar : RAF Elsham Wolds, 1941-1945, For those who made the great sacrifice. Plaque :This tree is dedicated to all those who served with 103 Squadron Royal Air Force. Plaque : RAF Elsham Wolds, Opened in Summer 1941 as a bomber station in No1 group, it w
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Miscellaneous Information

Although CWGC have his date of death as 26 June 1943, 127968 F/Lt. D. Towers said in interview that he died on 29 June in a Luftwaffe hospital with a broken back.
Joseph was born 13 April 1914 in Sidney, British Columbia. Both parents were born in England, his father in London and mother in Kettering, Northamptonshire. His father was living at 36 Lotus Street, Victoria, BC and was retired. His two sisters were Gwendolyn and Phyllis. Joseph attended Burnside Public School 1920-1927, North Ward Public School 1927-1928, followed by Victoria B.C. High School 1928-1930. Between 1932 and 1934, Joseph worked as a truck driver for Rose Field Company and as a motor cycle constable 1934-1940 for the City police. He had tried to enlist in June 1940 but was unsuccessful as they wouldn’t take married men as aircrew at that time. Joseph ran the quarter mile for Canada in the 1936 British Empire Games. His sporting interests were rugby, tennis, swimming and running. Joseph was a Sergeant in the Canadian Forestry Corps , No.7 Company, working as a lumberjack between 11 August 1940 - 29 January 1942. He enlisted on 31 January 1942 and was at ACRC 10 October 1942, 2 AGS 18 December 1942, 30 OTU on 9 February 1943, 1662 CU on 15 May and on to 103 Squadron on 17 June 1943. He was killed just over one week later.
The crew's navigator, P/O Cyril Ewart Lionel "Cy" Grant was incarcerated in Stalag Luft III. He was from Guyana and went on to become an actor, musician, write and poet. He was one of the first black people to appear on television in the UK and made frequent appearances on the BBC current affairs program Tonight and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. He also established the Drum Arts Centre in Lincoln in the 1970s. He published several books including a 2007 memoir entitled Blackness and the Dreaming Soul. He founded an online archive to trace and commemorate Caribbean airmen of WW2- Please also see His silk map was also featured on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow, first aired 14 March 2021.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 25-06-1943
End Date 26-06-1943
Takeoff Station Elsham Wolds
Day/Night Raid Night (38% moon)
Operation Gelsenkirchen
Reason for Loss Crashed at Niew Vennep in North Holland

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