Flight Sergeant Cecil Lee Hosick

Cecil Lee Hosick was born 22 July 1922 in Belfast, he enlisted 17 August 1940 aged 18.

17 August 1940 to No.3 Reception Centre at Padgate, then to No.2 Reception Centre.

From there he went to RAF Halton and RAF Basford.

Then he went to 930 and 939 squadron which were Balloon squadrons, based at Southampton and Sheffield.

In February 1941 he was admitted to hospital, reason unknown.

His next posting was the the Central Flying School at RAF Upavon.

He was again admitted to hospital on 5 June 1943.

Up until this time he was ground crew and subsequently volunteered for aircrew and was thus posted to No. 14 Initial Training Wing on 30 October 1943. At Bridlington.

He then went to No.5 Air Gunnery School at RAF Jurby on the Isle of man and then to No.1 Air Gunnery School again on the Isle of Man for his air gunner training.

16 may 1944 he was with No.14 Operational Training Unit at RAF Cottesmore. Here he would have crewed up on Wellingtons, a 5 man crew

23 August 1944 he was posted to 51 base, RAF Swinderby, here he would have converted to heavy bombers and joined by two more crew members.

2 November 1944 No.5 Lancaster Finishing School. RAF Syerston.

4 December 1944 he was posted to No.50 Squadron, RAF Skellingthorpe, for his operational tour.

The picture below shows him 3rd from right in front of Lancaster VN-R

His operations started on 17 December 1944 and he completed 14 operations with 50 Squadron as listed below;

17 December 1944           F/O G Leach                            Bombing attack on Munich

Lancaster I                       Sgt L V Sharp

NF984                              Sgt G Davies

                                       F/O W E Cheeseman

                                       F/Sgt Moseley

                                       Sgt C Hosick

                                       Sgt D G J Price

 

18 December 1944           F/O G Leach                               Bombing attack on Gdynia

Lancaster I                      Sgt L V Sharp

NF984                             Sgt G Davies

                                      F/O W E Cheeseman

                                      F/Sgt Moseley

                                      Sgt C Hosick

                                      Sgt D G J Price

 

21 December 1944           F/O G Leach                               Bombing attack on Politz

Lancaster I                      Sgt L V Sharp

NF930                             Sgt G Davies

                                      F/O W E Cheeseman

                                      F/Sgt Moseley

                                      Sgt C Hosick

                                      Sgt D G J Price

 

1 February 1945              F/O G Leach                                 Bombing attack on Siegen

Lancaster I                      Sgt L V Sharp

NG271                            Sgt G Davies

                                      F/O W E Cheeseman

                                      F/Sgt Moseley

                                      Sgt C Hosick

                                      Sgt D G J Price

 

2 February 1945              F/O G Leach                             Bombing attack on Karlsruhe

Lancaster I                      Sgt L V Sharp

NG271                            Sgt G Davies

                                      F/O W E Cheeseman

                                      F/Sgt Moseley

                                      Sgt C Hosick

                                      Sgt D G J Price

 

8 February 1945              F/O G Leach                              Bombing attack on Politz

Lancaster I                      Sgt L V Sharp

NG271                            Sgt G Davies

                                      F/O W E Cheeseman

                                      F/Sgt Moseley

                                      Sgt C Hosick

                                      Sgt D G J Price

 

13 February 1945            F/O G Leach                             Bombing attack on Dresden

Lancaster I                      Sgt L V Sharp

NG342                            Sgt G Davies

                                      F/O W E Cheeseman

                                      F/Sgt Moseley

                                      Sgt C Hosick

                                      Sgt D G J Price

 

 

19 February 1945             F/O G Leach                            Bombing attack on Bohlen

Lancaster I                       Sgt L V Sharp

NG342                             F/Sgt G Davies

                                       F/O W E Cheeseman

                                       F/Sgt Moseley

                                       Sgt C Hosick

                                       Sgt D G J Price

 

3 March 1945                   F/O G Leach          Bombing attack on Dortmund-Ems Canal

Lancaster I                       Sgt L V Sharp

NG342                             Sgt G Davies

                                       F/O W E Cheeseman

                                       F/Sgt Moseley

                                       Sgt C Hosick

                                       Sgt D G J Price

 

5 March 1945                   F/O G Leach                           Bombing attack on Bohlen

Lancaster I                       Sgt L V Sharp

NG271                             F/Sgt G Davies

                                       F/sgt S S H Johnson

                                       F/Sgt Moseley

                                       Sgt C Hosick

                                       Sgt D G J Price

 

6 March 1945                   F/O G Leach                            Bombing attack on Sassnitz

Lancaster I                       Sgt L V Sharp

NG342                             F/Sgt G Davies

                                       F/O W E Cheeseman

                                       F/Sgt Moseley

                                       Sgt C Hosick

                                       Sgt D G J Price

 

7 March 1945                   F/O G Leach                          Bombing attack on Harburg

Lancaster I                       Sgt L V Sharp

NG342                             Sgt G Davies

                                       F/O W E Cheeseman

                                       F/Sgt Moseley

                                       Sgt C Hosick

                                       F/O J Annandale

 

10 March 1945 1112717 Sgt Hosick posted to 53 Base n/e sick

 

11 March 1945                  F/O G Leach             Bombing attack on Essen (Daylight)

Lancaster I                       Sgt L V Sharp

NG342                             Sgt G Davies

                                       F/O W E Cheeseman

                                       F/Sgt Moseley

                                       P/O Boxhall

                                       F/O J Annandale

 

16 March 1945                  F/O G Leach              Bombing attack on Wurzburg

Lancaster I                       Sgt L V Sharp

NG342                             Sgt G Davies

                                       F/O W E Cheeseman

                                       F/Sgt Moseley

                                       Sgt C Hosick (Possibly am error)

                                       Sgt D G J Price

 

20 March 1945                 F/O G Leach                         Bombing attack on Bohlen

Lancaster I                      Sgt L V Sharp

NG342                            Sgt G Davies

                                      F/O W E Cheeseman

                                      F/Sgt Moseley

                                      Sgt C H Gurr

                                      Sgt D G J Price

 

22 March 1945                F/O G Leach                        Bombing attack on Bremen

Lancaster I                     Sgt L V Sharp

NG342                           Sgt G Davies

                                     F/O W E Cheeseman

                                     F/Sgt Moseley

                                     Sgt C H Gurr

                                     Sgt D G J Price

 

4 April 1945                   F/O G Leach                      Bombing attack on Nordhausen

Lancaster I                     Sgt L V Sharp

NG342                           Sgt G Davies

                                     F/O W E Cheeseman

                                     F/Sgt Moseley

                                     Sgt C Hosick

                                     Sgt D G J Price

 

5 April 1945 1112717 F/Sgt Hosick, posted in from 53 Base ex n/e sick

From the 10 march to 4 April the crew flew without him and had a stand in air gunner. Thus the ORB's for that period may be in error as they show him flying on 16 March and 4 April.

 

23 April 1945                  F/O G Leach         Bombing attack on Flensburg ‘B’ (Daylight)

Lancaster I                     Sgt L V Sharp

RA591                            Sgt G Davies

                                     F/O W E Cheeseman

                                     F/Sgt Moseley

                                     Sgt C Hosick

                                     Sgt D G J Price

 

 

25 April 1945                  F/O G Leach                      Bombing attack on Tonsburg

Lancaster I                     Sgt L V Sharp

NG326                           Sgt G Davies

                                     F/O W E Cheeseman

                                     F/Sgt Moseley

                                     Sgt C Hosick

                                     Sgt D G J Price

Cecil Hosick 3rd from right

1 June 1945 Sgt Hosick was posted to 57 Squadron at RAF East Kirkby. By this time the war had ended.

5 October 1945 he was psoted to 617 Squadron at RAF Coningsby.

24 May 1946. 11 Aircrew Holding Unit. RAF Bruntingthorpe.

26 June 1946. No.10 School of Technical Training. RAF Kirkham

24 July 1946. No.1 Embarkation Unit.

7 November 1946. No 7 Service Flying Training School. Fort McLeod, Alberta.

13 February 1947. No.6 Personnel Transit Centre.

21 August 1947. A.M.U. ?

29 September 1947. No.101 Personnel Despatch centre. RAF Warton. Released 29 September 1947.

Post war Cecil worked for a number of years with Cunard-White Star Line as a First Class steward on the Queen Mary. He then worked as a stevedore, until he retired, in Southampton docks.

Southampton was his home until he passed away on 30th November, 2004.