D.F.C. group with Air Efficiency Award, Sqdn Leader. Beaufighter & Mosquito pilot with three confirmed destroyed, one probable & two damaged 600 & 219 sqdn.

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D.F.C., (GVI), reverse dated '1944', 1939/1945 Star,  Air Crew Europe Star, with France and Germany Bar, Italy Star, War Medal, Air Efficiency Award, (GVI) (Act. Sqn. Ldr. R.A.F.V.R.)

D.F.C. L.G. 3/11/1944 Acting Squadron Leader Harold Valentine Ellis (84968), R.A.F.V.R, 219 Squadron

Citation from the London Gazette.

'Squadron Leader Ellis has completed many sorties by night and day, often in most adverse weather. His determination and keeness throughout have been most commendable and have set an excellent example. He has destroyed three enemy aircraft and damaged several others.'

The Recommendation, dated 11/8/1944, states: 'This Officer has been flying operationally, in a night fighter squadron since December 1940. During his first tour in No.600 Squadron he destroyed one enemy aircraft and damaged two others. He joined this Unit in April 1943 and became a Flight Commander in October 1943 whilst the Unit was overseas. He has so far destroyed two enemy aircraft and probably destroyed a third on his second tour. Squadron Leader Ellis has, at all times, shown himself to be extremely proficient as a pilot in any type of weather both by day and by night. During a period of two years when he never had the opportunity of chasing an enemy aircraft, he carried out many sorties by day and by night in the worst possible weather. His determination and keeness to destroy the enemy together with his high standard of pilotage have, during the 3 1/2 years I have known this Officer, been of the highest order. I recommend him strongly for the award of the D.F.C.'

Remarks By Air Officer Commanding: 'This Officer has completed two operational tours comprising 370 operational hours, during which he has Destroyed 3 enemy aircraft and Probably Destroyed a fourth. I consider his devotion to duty and achievements over a very long period of active operational flying well merits the award of the D.F.C.'

Squadron Leader Harold Valentine Ellis, D.F.C. enlisted as a Sergeant Pilot  in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in August 1939. He was commissioned in September 1940, and served operationally with 600  Squadron (Beaufighters), Catterick.  Ellis opened his account when he Damaged a Ju.88 over Colerne, 1/6/1941; he Destroyed a He.III north-west of the Scillies, 8-9/9/1941 sending it down with a two second burst, aircraft went down vertically, a large blue flash and at the same time the radar blip disappeared. He damaged a Do.217 off Falmouth, 18-19/12/1941.

The squadron converted to Mosquitos and Ellis became operational again in March, 1944.  He quickly scored when on   27th, he Destroyed a Ju.88 over Yeovil' sending it down in flames.  Ellis added a Probable to his score, 15/7/1944, off Le Havre, attacking a JU.88 'strikes on the wing, engine & fuselage, large explosion in the cockpit and piece of wing fell off. Aircraft rolled over and went down steeply.

On 30/7/1944 he destroyed a final Ju. 88 destroyed off Le Havre, sending it down in flames and crashing north bank of Seine.

Ellis was b. Tidenham, Gloucs. 1915, m. 1939, divorced m. 2nd. 1970, died 1994 Bishop's Ross, Herts. from asphixia & fractured spine as a result of hanging, verdict suicide. His will included £50,000 to his first wife & £10,000 to the second.


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