Lockheed Hudson N7315

Wick Airfield, Caithness, Highland



PAGE 2:  Flt Lt Ronald Nicholas Selley, DFC


BELOW: Flt Lt Ronald Nicholas Selley, DFC.


Portrait of Flt Lt Ronald N Selley


Portrait: courtesy, Ron Selley





BELOW: Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) to Flight Lieutenant R N Selley.


Award of Distinguished Flying Cross to Flt Lt R N Selley


Image: courtesy, Ron Selley



BELOW: An example of the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).


Distinguished Flying Cross


Image: courtesy, Wikimedia Commons




Ju87 Strike Report


(mentioned in above newspaper article)




In June, 1940, this officer was captain of one of a flight of three aircraft engaged in protecting shipping evacuating the British Expeditionary Force. A formation of some forty Junkers 87s was encountered and immediately attacked. F/O. Selley shot down two of the enemy aircraft with his front guns. By skilful manoeuvring he also enabled his rear gunner to shoot down a third and to damage two other enemy aircraft.


Courtesy, Flight Global (from London Gazette 14 June 1940)







BELOW: Avro Ansons on patrol.


Avro Ansons  were used  by the RAF and flown by Flt Lt Selley before being replaced by Lockheed Hudsons.


Lockheed Hudsons in flight


Photo: courtesy, Ron Selley





BELOW: Newspaper tagline proclaims "First German Submarine to be Sunk from the Air."


This Avro Anson was being flown by Flt Lt Ronald N Selley when the attack took place.


first german submarine to be sunk from the air


Photo: courtesy, Ron Selley





BELOW: Another report of the above incident


another newspaper account of the  sinking of the German submarine


Photo: courtesy, Ron Selley



The sidebar above right reads:




Passed for Publication by Ministry of Information.




Reported September 19th, 1939.

Young South African Pilot in Royal Air Force claimed war's first sinking from the air of a German Submarine. Diving out of cloud at 1,500ft., his first salvo of bombs fell twenty yards from the target, whilst second salvo burst only 6ft. from the conning tower, throwing the submarine out of the water by force of explosion. It sank in a whirlpool of bubbles and oil.




Submarine Strike Report


First bomb hit the water 30ft ahead and appeared to lift the bow of the submarine.


Second bomb hit water two yards on starboard side of submarine.


Stern of submarine was lifted out of the water and submarine dived steeply and quickly.


Bubbles and small whirlpools together with dark patches indicated the spot where the submarine disappeared. No ill effects from the bombs were experienced by Aircraft. As the submarine was approached from astern and ahead, no [identification] marking or number was observed on the side of the submarine. [Pilot's Report]




FOOTNOTE: The U-Boat involved in this incident was U-35. During the above attack, U-35 sustained minor damage but did not sink. Later in the same year (29 November 1939), U-35 was scuttled and the entire crew became POWs.





BELOW: Flt Lt Selley launches an attack on 13 German warships, comprising two destroyers and eleven patrol vessels.


newspaper headline regarding RAF attack on 13 warships


Image: courtesy, Ron Selley



BELOW: Close-up of handwritten remarks on left-hand-side of above page.


close up of handwritten remarks on left hand side of above page


Image: courtesy, Ron Selley



The first part of the above remarks reads:


"How is this for some fun and games I had the other day."


[Flt Lt Ron Selley referring to newspaper headlines.]





BELOW: On this occasion, Flt Lt Selley had to make a forced landing when his aircraft ran out of fuel after chasing enemy aircraft and submarines.


forced landing when out of fuel


Photo: courtesy, Ron Selley





BELOW (driving): Also named Ron Selley, a nephew of Flt Lt Ronald Nicolas Selley.


Ron Selley kindly contributed many of the photographs and newspaper excerpts for these two pages.


Ron Selley, nephew of Flt Lt R N Selley, DFC Ron Selley, nephew of pilot


Photo © 2011 Ron Selley






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