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Sydney Marshall (ex-Bomber Command mid-upper gunner) RIP

Old 23rd Jun 2014, 08:42
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WO Sidney Marshall RIP

My Uncle Sid who passed away last week was a gunner in WW2 Was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.

He went on to be a WO1 MT section on various RAF Stations including RAF Tern Hill in the seventies where he was stationed with his Brother (MY Dad SGT William (Bill) Marshall)

His Funeral is Friday 4th July 13.30hrs Lytham St Annes Crematorium.


From 'The Distinguished Flying Medal Register:Second World War' by Ian Tavender,volume two page 226;
Marshall,Sidney Joseph.1808098 Flight Sergeant,No.9 Sqn.
L.G.6/11/1945.Sorties 28,Flying hours 188.21.Air Gunner.Air2/9131.
'This N.C.O. has completed 28 sorties as mid-upper gunner.These sorties have included in addition to heavily defended targets in Germany,a number of targets involving long flights through areas defended by enemy fighters.On one occasion (daylight attack on Bergen on 12th January 1945) on recrossing the Norwegian coast after the target had been attacked,his aircraft was engaged by five F.W.190s.Following an attack in formation,the enemy aircraft broke away and then commenced a series of attacks,singly and in pairs.Flight Sergeant Marshall,in conjunction with the rear gunner,Flight Sergeant Riches,opened up accurate fire on the enemy aircraft and gave his captain such good advice on his combat manoeuvres that the fighters were prevented from pressing home their attacks.After the combat had been in progress some time,the starboard outer engine was hit and began smoking.At first,the engine was not feathered,so that Flight Sergeant Marshall's turret would remain operative for as long as possible,but it subsequently caught fire and had to be feathered.Although this N.C.O.'s turret was now out of action,he was able to continue to advise his captain in his manoeuvres.Altogether,the combat lasted 32 minutes and there is no doubt that Flight Sergeant Marshall's coolness and skill greatly contributed to the saving of the aircraft.On another occasion when detailed for a target near Creil on the night of 4th July 1944,his aircraft was attacked just after leaving the target area by an Me.110.In co-operation with the rear gunner,such accurate fire was brought to bear on the enemy aircraft that it was destroyed on its second attack.Flight Sergeant Marshall has at all times shown the greatest keenness to operate and has proved himself to be a skilful member of a sound operational crew.'
For their actions on the sortie to Bergen,the pilot Flight Lieutenant Marsh was awarded an immediate D.F.C. and the rear gunner Flight Sergeant Riches an immediate D.F.M.

Trevor Marshall
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I suspect he will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. He probably had some great stories of the "old" RAF to tell, of which he was obviously very proud to have served in. RIP
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Sydney Marshall (ex-Bomber Command mid-upper gunner) RIP

Funeral of SIDNEY MARSHALL DFM
DATE 4th JULY
PLACE : LYTHAM CREMATORIUM ,FY8B
Lytham Crematorium
FY8 4 Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
Sidney Marshall died alone at the age of 90 and undertakers fear that they will be the only ones to accompany him on his final journey to Lytham Crematorium at 1.30pm on July 4th.
His bravery and skills in Bomber Command 's Lancasters saw him complete 28 sorties- surviving as so many of his 9th Squadron colleagues died.
He was involved in the attack which sank the mighty German battleship The Tirpitz and the D-Day landings.
During one raid over Bergen his plane was attacked by five enemy fighters and from his mid upper gunner position Sidney shot all five down-a mission which earned him the Distinguished Flying Medal.
After the war he ramined in the RAF and reached the rank of Warrant officer before he died suddenly at his home in Lytham St Annes,Lancs.
Before he died the RAF Association helped him celebrate his 90th birthday by sending him the original citation which went with his medal which they traced in Ministry of Defence files.
He has some surviving relatives but none are well enough to travel to the funeral.
A spokesman for funeral directors handling the arrangements said:"Sidney Joseph Marshall flew through some of the most heavily defended missions over Occupied Europe during the war."
"His coolness and bravery shone through-the fact he flew 28 sorties is a testimony to that."
"We are asking for anyone currently serving in the RAF or retired personnel to attend Sid's funeral and give him the send off he deserves."
"It would really be appreciated as apart from ourselves we fear no one else will be there."
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Old 26th Jun 2014, 20:44
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I wish I could get there, but have some prior commitments. Hopefully this extremely brave man will be given a good send off by his local RAFA, RBL and other such organisations. It would be nice to think that the RAF could spare a few chaps to show respect for a man who holds the DFM. I'm sure there will be some PPRUNERs who will manage to attend. Let's hope so.

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Old 26th Jun 2014, 21:23
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Thanks for posting this, I did post the following earlier in the week.

http://www.pprune.org/military-aircr...shall-rip.html

We will be there & my dad sid's brother will be there wearing his medals. I am reading his citation out my dad Bill Marshall is also giving a brief reading.

sid's nieces are travelling up from South, he does have surviving family but they are too frail to travel 2 brothers of which my dad is one & 4 sisters who are all to frail to make the funeral.

No flowers donations to the RAF Benevolent funds. Sidney did have a wife but she passed away February 2013.

Trevor Marshall.
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Old 26th Jun 2014, 22:23
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Sid spent much of his flying on the Lancaster looking through his log book.

If anyone on here has any contact with the BBMF Lancaster crew & they were flying that day anywhere near the Lytham St Anne's area, would be nice send off if a flay past from the Lancaster could be arranged?

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Sorry 7of9, did not see your earlier post.
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Sorry 7of9, did not see your earlier post.
No problem, glad someone else has picked up on it & helping get the word out.

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BBMF are aware but sadly PA474 will not be in the local area at the time. Her limited flying hours per year unfortunately preclude a 'special trip'; if only we had another one....
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Many thanks for the reply Darkside.

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Old 28th Jun 2014, 09:06
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Sidney Marshall DFM

I am originally from St. Annes and will be flying to England tomorrow. I will be visiting Lytham and hope to attend the funeral. I'm ex RAF and joined as a boy entrant. I'm retired and live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
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F/Sgt Sidney Marshall IX(B) Sqn RIP

(Posted on behalf of a friend):

Is there anybody in the Lancashire area who can help give this HERO the send off he deserves?

Brave Sidney Marshall, 90, died at home on June 16.


The former RAF serviceman from St Annes, Lancashire, who took part in the D-Day landings, has no immediate family living nearby and few, if any, may be able to attend his service.

Sid served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War as a Flight Sergeant on IX(B) Squadron, as a mid-upper gunner on Lancasters.

He completed 28 sorties over heavily-defended targets in Germany and was also involved in attacks on the German battleship Tirpitz and in support of the D-Day landings.

The service will be held at Lytham Park Crematorium at 1.30pm on Friday, July 4.
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Old 28th Jun 2014, 16:15
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BEagle Wake up dear boy already a thread on this
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I am originally from St. Annes and will be flying to England tomorrow. I will be visiting Lytham and hope to attend the funeral. I'm ex RAF and joined as a boy entrant. I'm retired and live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Thank you - and welcome home.
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Old 28th Jun 2014, 16:27
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Yes, thegypsy, so I see.

But I hoped that the IX(B) mention in my title might spark some interest from current and former squadron members.

The crematorium is pretty close to Warton, so perhaps an IX(B) aircraft might be able to arrange a PD and extended overshoot....

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Old 28th Jun 2014, 17:05
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Thank you to everyone who has responded & for all the support during this sad time.

Sidney is my uncle, we will be there for the funeral as stated from the first time I posted the thread shown above.

The gentleman who publicised the funeral acted in good faith but didn't consult any of us before it went viral.

We are grateful to everyone who has expressed a wish to be at the funeral, but please be aware that Sidney was a very private person who never talked about his wartime experiences ever, also he would have liked the funeral to have been a friends & family affair.

However, it is nice that everyone is interested, but please be aware, the wake after, is strictly a private friends & family gathering & we can not invite any extra individuals back.

Myself, my father (Sid's brother Bill) & the vicar will be speaking during the service. Many thanks for the kind offers from serving personnel.

By all means attend, but please be aware that not all of you will be able to be present inside the crematorium, due to space issues.

If people wish to donate, please donate to the RAF Benevolent funds, it was Sidney's wishes.

On behalf of the family, again thank you all for your interest & support.

Trevor Marshall.
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This makes three threads now! Lol thanks.
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Sad that someone finds this a "LOL" moment. Three posts or whatever, Beagle has it dead right in highlighting this brave mans squadron association. I'm not free myself, but hope that some can attend his farewell. A good post Beagle, hopefully 9 squadron will respond.

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Lighten up, Smudge. If you read the other threads, you'll see that the guy you're chastising for seeing the funny side of things is F/SGT Marshall's nephew.
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Thank you very much everyone who came to the funeral today.
Also we extend our thanks to all the RAF association flag holders.
Also to the Royal Air Force represented by personnel from RAF Marham. Many thanks gents.
Also thanks to all who made the journey that could & for the thoughts of those who couldn't.
Shame the weather was a bit pants!

Sid got a good send off.

Rest in peace.

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