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SGT. SIDNEY RHODES, FLT/ENG. RAFVR, SERV. #1680670
Posted by: Dorothy Mather (ID *****4938) Date: November 24, 2012 at 20:32:48
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Hello,

I am hoping that someone can help me. I am looking for information on the above person in relation to research I am doing in connection with #405 Pathfinder R.C.A.F. Squadron. On the night of 02 January 1945, Lancaster PB477 (LQ-B) took off from Grandsen Lodge Air bBse on a raid to Nuremberg. They never made it. The Lancaster was attacked from below by a German fighter and the plane exploded. Of the 7-man crew, only 2 survived.....Flt/Eng. Sgt. Sidney Rhodes and W/O1 D. Plyley, rear air gunner, a Canadian. Both were captured the following morning by the Germans and spent the next 5 months in Stalag Luft 1. The following is what I know of this man:

- Sidney Rhodes was born 14 March 1912. His birth is registered in Sculcoates June Qtr. 9d 358. His mother's maiden name was McQuade.
- Sidney married a Christina Gardiner in 1934. The marriage was registered Sept. Qtr. 1934 9d 336.
- I have a handwritten document from Room 3 of Stalag Luft 1 which shows Sidney Rhodes' signature and his address as 112 Tanfield Grove, Bilton Grange, Hull, Yorkshire.
- I have a letter written by Sidney Rhodes after the war to the wife of his dead ex-crew member which shows this same address. So I know I have the correct Sidney Rhodes.
- I also know that he was remustered into a regiment on return from POW Camp and was in post-war service.
- He died in July of 1985 in Bridlington. I am not sure if Sidney and his wife had children.

I am hoping that someone might know of this man or could be researching him or his descendants. He is the only one of the crew of PB477 for whom I have little information. My reason for researching the crew of #405 Sqdn? My uncle was one of the airmen who lost his life that night.

I would be so grateful for any help.

Dorothy Mather
Ottawa, ON Canada







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