John Graydon Simpson, DFC

John Graydon Simpson, DFC

Male 1909 - 1975  (66 years)

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  • Name John Graydon Simpson 
    Suffix DFC 
    Nickname Jack 
    WW2 1943-44 
    28 June 1943: 926079 Sergeant John Graydon Simpson promoted to probationary Pilot Officer (149147). [Supplement to the London Gazette, 31 August 1943]

    Feb 1944: Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to Flying Officer John Graydon Simpson (149147), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 467 (R.A.A.F) Squadron. [Supplement to the London Gazette, 11 February 1944]

    His son records: 'He was first a navigator, then an air gunner and finally a bomb aimer and instructor. He also flew in Oxfords, Ansons, Halifaxes and Blenheims.'

    A history of operations carried out by 467 and 463 Sqns is at www.467463raafsquadrons.com/L02Pgs/diary02.htm 
    Born 22 Mar 1909  Wanstead, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    1939 Register 29 Sep 1939  20 Broomhill Road, Wanstead & Woodford Borough Council Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Simpson David C, M, 11 Nov 60, M, Retired Property Owner
    Simpson Florence, F, 12 May 80, M, Unpaid Domestic Duties
    Simpson Helen M, F, 11 Jun 04, S, No Occupation; Vol Canteen Worker
    Simpson John G, M, 22 Mar 09, S, Architect; Civil Air Guard
    John, Olive M M, F, 28 Oct 11, S, Domestic Servant.  
    Inheritance 1-6 Simpson's Street, Poplar, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    These were some of the properties that would have been inherited by William David Simpson, but since he predeceased his father, were instead taken by another son, David Caldow Simpson (b.1860). Records show that they were sold by John Graydon Simpson in 1951. 
    Awards Feb 1944 
    Distiguished Flying Cross, awarded for 'an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy'. 
    Died 29 Oct 1975  Stepney, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 19 Dec 1975  London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    SIMPSON, John Graydon of 1 Albion Pk Loughton Essex died 29 October 1975 Probate London 19 December 116229 750134825L 
    Person ID I90  Simpson & Elder
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2017 

    Father David Caldow Simpson,   b. Oct-Dec 1860, St George in the East Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1945, Essex South Western Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Mother Helen Maria Kay,   b. 1862 or 1863, Gumfreston, Pembrokeshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. poss Apr-Jun 1919, West Ham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Family ID F22  Group Sheet

    Family Kathleen M Hall 
    Married Jan - Mar 1943  Epping, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Helen Kay Simpson,   b. Oct - Dec 1945, Essex South Western Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2004  (Age ~ 58 years)
    +2. David Graydon Simpson,   b. 1950
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2013 
    Family ID F257  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    John Graydon Simpson
    John Graydon Simpson
    John Graydon Simpson (right) in front of Lancaster ED547 'PO-M', 1943
    John Graydon Simpson (right) in front of Lancaster ED547 'PO-M', 1943
    This aircraft 'M-Mother' belonged to 467 Squadron RAAF of Bomber Command based at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire. It was originally U-Uncle (hence the pawnshop sign) and carried the slogan 'We take anything' - appropriate since the captain, P/O JH Whiting from Adelaide, SA, was noted for his ability to return to base in spite of damage to aircraft from flak or night fighter combat. The aeroplane completed 40 raids over enemy territory and claimed one night fighter shot down.

    Crew of Lancaster ED547 'PO-M', 5 April-22 August 1943:

    F/O J.H. 'Fishy' Whiting DFC A407853 - Pilot
    Sgt H.J. Pike 575245 - Engineer
    P/O W.S. Close 130721 - Navigator
    Sgt J.G. Simpson 926079 - Air bomber/front gunner
    Sgt G. Self 1078674 - Wireless operator
    W/O G.C. Blair R100088 - Mid upper gunner
    Sgt F. Fowler 1144830 - Rear gunner
    'Turin 12-13 July 1943'
    'Turin 12-13 July 1943'
    Certificate signed by R.A. Cochrane, Air Officer Commanding Number 5 (Bomber) Group. (Later Air Chief Marshal The Hon Sir Ralph Cochrane)
    http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Cochrane.htm

    Note: This raid saw the loss of Squadron Leader J D Nettleton VC.
    Sortie record for 'U-Uncle'.
    Sortie record for 'U-Uncle'.
    Debriefing reports, Essen and Berlin
    Debriefing reports, Essen and Berlin
    Details of Lancaster ED547 'U-Uncle' and nose art from 'Australian War Memorial'.
    Details of Lancaster ED547 'U-Uncle' and nose art from 'Australian War Memorial'.

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] Information kindly supplied by John Gerard Simpson (Reliability: 3).
      From 1911 census

    2. [S5] Information kindly supplied by John Gerard Simpson (Reliability: 2).


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