Kelvin Price writes "On his death a few years ago, his daughter / my former wife gave me as a memento a pencil drawing, some 15 x 19 inches in size. It shows a WW2 Wellington bomber under ack-ack fire attacking an industrial complex at night. The registration mark on the Wellington's fuselage is: M (RAF roundel) BU
Three cones of searchlights are in the drawing.
Also visible are a factory building, circular oil-storage tanks and what seem to be electricity pylons.
The crest of 214 Squadron plus motto 'Ultor in Ungris' (should be UMBRIS) are depicted at top left of the picture.
There is also a penned signature at the foot of the drawing but this is difficult to decipher.
It seems to be something like "M B Studer(?), 214 Squadron".
My father-in-law obviously greatly valued the drawing as it had been framed by a specialist in Shrewsbury quite some time ago."
Source : Kelvin Price (ex son-in-law)
Date record last updated : 14 October 2008
Tim Yates, Wireless Operator
He was part of Sqn/Ldr Smythe's crew.
Is this the same person as H S Yates or T Yates?
Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)
Son of Edward George and Eva Annie Youseman (nee Norton), of Ashford, Middlesex.
As a young boy Edward attended Hampton School in Hampton, Middlesex.
Flt/Lt E E 'Ted' Youseman DFC had been a well liked and lively Stirling captain on No 214 Squadron at Chedburgh where he was photographed with Fg Off 'Dutch' Holland, the air-bomber in the crew of Plt/Off F G Matthews (RAAF).
Mentioned in the London Gazette Issue 35426 on 20 January 1942 - Sergeant
Mentioned in the London Gazette 4 December 1942 Issue no 35809 "Plt. Offs. to be Flg. Offs. (war subs.), 1st October 1942"
Ted Youseman was a member of 617 Squadron when he died.
After landing at Blida in North Africa and loading up with 'exotic fayre' the Lancasters left for the UK routing via the Mediterranean and Biscay, but Ted Youseman's aircraft was lost without trace - a presumed victim of fighters.
"EDWARD E G YOUSEMAN (Robert's four-times-great-grandson) was born about 1922 to Edward George Youseman and Eva Annie Norton. Edward was a Bomber Pilot F/L S/no 113351 617 squadron. Edward died (Enemy Action while transit from North Africa, presumally by fighter aircraft) on 17 November 1943, aged about 21, in Bay of Biscay. His body was never found."
Edward Youseman arrived at Chedburgh on 30 September 1942 as a Pilot Officer, just as the station opened, but due to poor ground conditions 214 Sqn did not operate until 5 October.
Ted flew his first 'Op' on 16 October - a Gardening trip, and the usual procedure for a new pilot. Ted left in May 1943 as a Flight Lieutenant with a DFC and having completed 19 operations, mostly with an experienced crew (some decorated during early Stradishall Stirling operations). Squadron records show Ted posted to 214 from No 1511 BAT Flight at Upwood where this latest training facility was being perfected using Blenheims and Oxfords - certainly no evidence yet of any 'Stirling Flying'.
From Chedburgh he joined No.12 OTU at Edgehill, possibly as an instructor, but soon moved to No.617 along with some of his already dispersed crew, whom Ted, had presumably 'rounded up'.
No 617 Squadron, then desperately short of good crews, especially after the two disastrous raids on the Dortmund-Ems canal, were actively recruiting and possibly Ted simply could not resist such an opportunity. By late 1943 617 were bringing in the newly developed Stabilising Automatic Bomb Sight (SABS) using it first on the Antheor Viaduct near Cannes in November, but after two attempts and good bombing the viaduct held fast. Ted probably flew on both these raids which necessitated flying to North Africa (Blida) to refuel and also to load up with 'goodies'. Sadly whilst returning from the second raid, Ted's Lancaster was lost without trace and it is presumed that he was shot down off the coast of Portugal.
The story is virtually complete apart from knowing where Ted learned his 'heavy' flying, or how he actually arrived on 617 (where he is recorded as always 'talking flying') . He was obviously a very determined pilot, liked by all who would have probably gone on to even greater things with 617. But what is certain is that he cut his 'operational teeth' with No 214 Squadron.
Edward Youseman was with 99 Squadron before being posted to 214 Squadron. His exact date of joining 99 Squadron is not known but he flew operations from 4 October 1941 to 15 November 1942. He joined 214 Squadron on 20 January 1942. We have a list of some of his operations with 99 Squadron.
Source : CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter 2008 and Andy Lawrence, (teacher at Hampton School) and Nightjar Newsletter August 2014 and Colin Burningham and London Gazette