Ellis Walter Aries

Ellis Aries  

RAF   F/L   -  AFC      

Service Nos. 741835 (NCO) & 79555 (Officer)
Enlisted in the RAFVR on 23 July 1938
Trained at No 5 OTU, completing it in June 1940
Commission effective on 2 June 1940
Posted to 263 Squadron upon their return from Norway
But posted to to 602 Squadron on 5 July 1940
Taking part in the Battle of Britain with that unit
Promoted to F/O on 2 June 1941
Promoted to F/L on 2 June 1942
Awarded the Air Force Cross
(Gazette number 36866 of 1 Jan 1945 announced)
Possibly presented in June 1945
(photo below may show this event)
Resigned his commission shortly after
He reenlisted into the Royal Auxiliary Air Force in 1947
Gazette No. 38009 of 8 July 1947 (supplement to 4 July) -
Page 3127 says he retains his rank of F/L
Next page (3128) says he is appointed to the rank of F/O
He died in 1976
(I suspect the photos to the left & below left were taken
seconds apart, after the wings presentation at 5 OTU.
His arms are crossed & the creases on his shoulders &
neck ar identical. Also, he was only a Sgt. for a few days)


Ellis (right) and his brother Maurice Aries. It's unclear if they graduated together or if Maurice was just attending Ellis' Wing Ceremony

Ellis Aries and the Queen


Victories Include :

26 August 1940
7 September 1940
one Do17
one Do17
(in L1027, Selsey Bill area)
(in K9839, Biggin Hill area)

He is generally credited with 5.33 destroyed but I have no further details

Score and some info from Aces High 2nd Ed. by Shores & Williams


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Grandson Tim for the photos

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