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« on: April 20, 2017, 13:54:13 PM »

Frederick Henry Ruffle
Flying Officer
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service number 175408
Awards: D.F.C.

Died on the 23rd November 1944  aged 23 years.

Buried in the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, High Hurstwood, East Sussex - grave 100.

Son of William and Ellen Elizabeth Ruffle; husband of Nellie Ruffle, of South Tottenham, Middlesex.
Sussex Agricultural Express - Friday 26 November 1948


RUFFLE - Remembering with love and pride our beloved son.  F/O Frederick Henry Ruffle, D.F.C.  Killed flying 23rd November 1944 - Another year nearer "Until" - Mum and Dad.


Some of the basic details relating to F/O Ruffle have been obtained from the CWGC, The RAF Commands website and the Aviation Safety Network to whom I am grateful.  I've just put them together and added a few bits that I've worked out myself and added the newspaper archives report.

Flying Officer Frederick Henry Ruffle was the Navigator on Mosquito MKII, serial No DD736 flying out of RAF Little Snoring, Norfolk.  His pilot was Flying Officer J/18833 Charles James Preece  RCAF.  They were attached to 1692 BSTU (Bomber Support Training Unit).   The 'Aviation Safety Network' website shows that the Mosquito "Spun into ground near Kings Lynn Norfolk on 23.11.44  Aircraft seen spiralling out of cloud, righted itself then spun into the ground at East Winch, Norfolk".

BSTUs were the Operational Training Units for prospective Bomber Command Pathfinder crews.

The Aviation Safety Network also shows that :
The headstone for F/O Preece is at St Thomas a Becketts Church, Clapham, Bedfordshire and he has been linked to this accident as a result of identical date of death and from a dig team that have recovered parts of the aircraft
Fred Ruffle is buried in a war grave at Holy Trinity Church, High Hurstwood, East Sussex. The details of the accident were as described to his widow Nellie Kemp

Flying Officer Ruffle's D.F.C. was awarded for an action in October 1944 and awarded on the 1st December 1944 - therefore it would be a posthumous award.
The WW2 Awards website shows :
Rank:             Pilot Officer
Unit:   No.      515 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:   December 1st, 1944
Action:           Group citation:
"One night in October, 1944, these officers and airmen took part in an operation involving a mine-laying mission. Their task, which necessitated a high degree of skill and perfect co-ordination, was to detract the concentrated fire of the defences. Gun positions and search light defences were relentlessly attacked and a number of them put out of action.  The results obtained reflect the greatest credit on the ability and resolution displayed by these officers and airmen, whose efforts contributed materially to the success of a hazardous mission.”
Details:   Awarded simultaneously to:
Flight Lieutenant Reginald Arthur Adams
Flying Officer John Roy Lake
Pilot Officer Terrence Alfred Kenneth Groves
Pilot Officer Robert Edwin Preston
Flight Sergeant Robert Bell Dockeray
Flight Sergeant Fred Verity

Flying Officer Preece is buried in Bedfordshire  .  His CWGC entry shows :
Rank:Flying Officer
Service No:J/18833
Date of Death:23/11/1944
Regiment/Service:Royal Canadian Air Force Grave Reference: Near S.E. Buttress.

Attached is a photograph of Flying Officer Frederick Henry Ruffle's grave in High Hurstwood, East Sussex which I took today.

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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2017, 19:47:50 PM »

Frederick Henry Ruffle
Born ¼ Sept 1921 Eastbourne District
Married Nellie Muddle 25.2.1943, Parish Church of Holy Trinity, High Hurstwood, Uckfield.

Probate. Of Hermitage Lodge High Hurstwood, Uckfield. Died 23.11.1944 on war service. Admin to Nellie Ruffle, widow. Effects £496

In 1939 Parents William(18.2.1893) & Ellen E(2.6.1891) and brother William G(26.9.1917) at 2 Parkhurst Cottages, Uckfield.
Father William an Architect & Surveyor. Brother William seeking work.
Father was an Air Raid Warden, and mother ARP First Aid.
There is one closed entry(for someone born less than 100 years ago)—probably Frederick.
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 21:15:38 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2017, 08:13:47 AM »

Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser - Friday 01 December 1944

Pilot Officer F. Ruffle, D.F.C.
Mrs. F. Ruffle, High Hurstwood, has received the sad news that her husband. Pilot Officer Fred Ruffle, R.A.F.V.R., D.F.C., has been killed on active service. It was only recently that he was awarded the D.F.C. on completing 60 operational flights, combining the work of navigator, bomb-aimer and wireless operator. He was a Patrol Leader of the High Hurstwood Troop of Boy Scouts, of which his father is Scoutmaster.

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