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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring DatabaseLinks/Archive Reports                        Notes                        
1 AdamsDenis GordonSergeantAus/402335AustraliaPilotRAAFBomber Command18 Sqd
1941-09-04BlenheimIVZ7296WV-PHorsham St Faiths1501Circus 93 Hit by flak and shot down fighter. Crashed near St. Omer, Pas-de-Calais, France PoW No. 9621 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria - L3 Read Archive Report
2 PeterkinJohn DouglasFlight Lieutenant77123AustralianPilotRAAFBomber Command141 Sqn
1944-07-05MosquitoIIDZ310TW:ZWest Raynham23:25BSSerrate patrol heading for northern France. Crashed 00:36 about 1 km S of Wattan (Pas-de-Calais), 9 km NNW of St-Omer. Claimed as a probable by Uffz. Heinz Irmer, his 1st Abschuss, from 6./KG51 NW of Caen an 1500m at 02:38 hrs. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (12 May 1944 - 23 July 1944) Part 3 - Theo Boiten)EvaderCaptured by 3 German soldiers. Fainted soon after capture and escaped. Return to England 9th September 1944
3 AbbottSydney Charles BertramFlying Officer4004041911AustralianPilotDFC

RAAFBomber Command487 Sqn RNZAF
1943-08-09VenturaAJ454EG-GSculthorpeTest flight Aircraft crashed at Larchwood in Norfolk, cause unknown Killed Marham Cemetery War Graves Plot. Grave 41.Son of Sydney Bertram and Isabel Beryl Abbott, of Balwyn, Victoria, Australia. Dip. Agr. (Dookie)
4 AbbottBruce Andrew StanleyFlying OfficerAus/422360Age 21AustraliaNavigatorRAAFBomber Command248 Sqd RAF
1945-03-12MosquitoFBVIHR632DM-QRAF BanffSweepSee archive report for further brief detailsMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 282 Courtesy NAA

RAAF Honour RollSon of Frederick and Lillian Beatrice Moffat, husband of Marjorie Moffat, of Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. Born 4th March 1922, Brisbane, Australia.
5 AcresR JFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command463 Sqd RAAF
1944-09-26LancasterIIILM587JO-LWaddingtonCap Griz NezCrashed at Wissant {Pas-de-Calais}KilledWissant Communal Cemetery
6 AdamsJ CPilot OfficerAustraliaRAAFBomber Command50 Sqd
1943-11-26LancasterIIIDV178VN-NSkellingthorpe1715BerlinCollided with another Lancaster and ditched at WilhelmshavenPoW
7 AlbonRobert BeckettFlying Officer4013585 August 1920, Canterbury, VIC, AustraliaAustralian RAAFCoastal Command210 Sqn
1943-06-13CatalinaFP232DA:PHamworthy2050Bay of Biscay Patrol 7Failed to return from patrol Killed Runnymede Memorial Panel 187.Son of Stanley and Mabel Albon, of Swan Hill, Victoria, Australia
8 AldridgeElliot RichmondSergeant4161745 May 1922, North Adelaide, SA, AustraliaAustralianAir GunnerRAAFBomber Command9 Sqd
1942-12-17LancasterIED349WS-SWaddington1703CloppenburgConed by Scheinwerfer 48 (Frieschenmoor) at 19:40. Hit by light and heavy Flak of 6/Marine Flak Abt 222. By machine gun fire of Scheinwerfer Achtermeer (53) and Ovelgonne (97), by Flak of 1-5/Res Flak Abt 222 2/schw Flak Abt 262, lei. Hei Flak Battery . 3/XI, II/4/lei Flak Abt 988 and II and III/1/lei Flak Abt 836. Crashed Bekhausen South of Varel at 1948. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives The Early Years Part 3 - Theo Boiten)PoW No. 27358, Stalag 8B Teschen/Stalag 11B Fallingbostal/Stalag 344 Lamsdorf
9 AlexanderWilliam Robert EdwardFlying Officer405961AustraliaRAAF1 Rescue and Communication Squadron1943-06-16RAAF Honour Roll
10 AllenGeorge Urquart 'Scotty'AustraliaAustraliaRAAF
George Urquhart (Scotty) Allan served in the RAF on the Western Front during the First World War. In 1929 he was recruited by Charles Ulm as a pilot with Australian National Airways where he flew on the first airmail flights from Sydney to Brisbane with Charles Kingsford Smith. In 1933 he flew with Ulm and P. G. Taylor on the record-breaking flight from England to Australia in 'Faith in Australia'. During the Second World War he was seconded to the RAAF as a trainer and after the war was a senior executive with Qantas. In 1941 Allan was a member of the Qantas crew which brought flying boats from San Diego to Sydney for the RAAF. During 1941 Allan was seconded to the RAAF as Wing-Commander and was C.O. of various stations including Rathmines on Lake Macquarie, where he trained Catalina crews, and No. 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot at Lake Boga. Allan was married to the artist Ailsa Allan (1899-1943) who studied with Thea Proctor, Adelaide Perry, and William Dobell at the Julian Ashton School. Dobell spent time at both Rathmines and Lake Boga which is where he possibly met Allan as well as being introduced through Allan's wife, Ailsa. (gouache by William Dobell)
11 AltColin AlbertFlight Sergeant403299AustralianPilotRAAFBomber Command12 Sqd
1942-09-02WellingtonIIZ8529PH-UBinbrook2252KarlsruheClaim Ofw Bruno Eikmeier 2/NJG1 (Detached to III/NJG4) - near Leglantiers/8km East of St Juste: 4,200m at 05:00. The pilot tried to shake off the night fighter and crashed into a hill. Ofw Eikmeier credited with the kill. Crashed Leglantiers woods/Vienne Field-Cne de Leglantiers (North) 12km NE of ClermontPoW No. 27027 Stalag 334 LamsdorfFlt Sgt Alt PoW report “The a/c was returning from Karlsruhe, height 9000 ft, 10 mls from the French coast, when it was attacked by a Ju88. Effective evasion action was taken during which the height was reduced to 5000 ft. An enemy a/c was sighted on the starboard side and slightly above, so the height was dropped to 500 ft. The port propeller hit a tree and the port motor became unserviceable. The propeller was feathered and an attempt made to climb on one engine. This failed owing to an increase in the height of the ground and we crashed into the brow of a hill. Both Monckton and Logan were killed by the impact, and Holland suffered a fractured collar bone. Both Foley and self were uninjured. The a/c crashed in the vicinity of St Juste, France. I was picked up 6 days later by the Germans.”
12 AndersonNeville JackPilot Officer NavigatorAus/24541 RAAFBomber Command460 Sqd RAAF
1943-12-02LancasterIW4881AR-KRAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire1644BerlinAttacked and shot down by 2 night fighters. Crashed at Paderdam, Gottin, Brandenburg, GermanyPoW No. 1750 Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang - L1 Read Archive Report
13 AndersonRonald ClaudeSergeantNZ415980Wireless OperatorRNZAFBomber Command467 Sqd RAAF
1943-04-16LancasterIED780PO-Bottesford2133Plzen?KilledPoix-de-Picardie Churchyard Row E, Grave 17.Son of Frederick Edward Anderson, and of Rose Sophia Anderson (nee Barltrop), of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
14 AndersonAlfredSergeant9389991915Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command158 Sqd
1942-10-23HalifaxIIW7862NP-DEast Moor1742GenovaThe aircraft crashed off Pas de Calais. Cause not knownKilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 77Son of Alfred and Alice Parker Anderson, of Glasgow
15 AndersonAlan FordGrp Cpt1910 Simla IndiaPilotDSO & Bar


Commander Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands

1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star, clasp, France and Germany; War Medal 1939-45; Coronation 1953;
RAFFighter Command613 Sqd RAF

228 Sqd RAF

Hector bi-plane, Lysander, Tomahawk, MustangSurvived war. Retired to Minorca. Returned to UK, died December 2002 aged 92

1940 Suicidal sorties over Calais in an obsolete 170 m.p.h. Hector biplane. Led the first ever single-engined fighter sortie to Germany from the U.K. Many low-level sorties flown over Holland in the latter period of war with 2TAF.

See Archive Report.

DFC Citation London Gazette 5 November 1940. The original recommendation states: ‘During the months of May and June 1940, this officer was in charge of 613 Squadron which operated during the evacuation of the B.E.F. In spite of the fact that this squadron was without previous experience of operational flying, a number of important sorties were successfully accomplished in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire. Squadron Leader Anderson took part in each of these which included the bombing of batteries in the vicinity of Calais, and the dropping of ammunition and water for the garrison holding the Citadel there. All these operations were successfully carried out. This was substantially due to the confidence and enthusiasm which Squadron Leader Anderson inspired in his junior officers and to his magnificent leadership.’
DSO Citation: London Gazette 5 February 1943. The original recommendation states: ‘Wing Commander Anderson has been in command of No. 268 Squadron since December 1940. At the time the Squadron was equipped with Lysanders and in order to get some sort of operations for his pilots he arranged for dusk and dawn patrols off the East Coast. In May 1941 the Squadron was re-equipped with Tomahawk aircraft and by September was fitted with a No. 19 A.F. wireless set giving larger range. On 19 October 1941, the first attack was made on targets at Ijmuiden and Dan Helder in Holland with the Wing Commander leading. Several other attempts were made by Wing Commander Anderson but were abandoned owing to lack of cloud cover or fog. In December, in order to get further operational experience, Wing Commander Anderson asked for and obtained permission to be attached to R.A.F. Ibsley with a view to getting combat experience. Working under 10 Group, Wing Commander Anderson and three pilots carried out convoy patrols. In January 1942, owing to the numerous mechanical failures of the Alison Engine, H.Q., Army Command, stopped operational flying. Throughout the above period the Squadron continued its normal role of training with H.Q. No. 2 Corps. In April 1942, the Squadron was re-equipped with Mustang aircraft and in June, at the request of Wing Commander Anderson, it was permitted to carry out shipping reconnaissance off the Dutch Coast. In August 1942, the Squadron was attached to No. 12 (Fighter) Group for full fighter operations and was equipped with V.H.F. and operated on interceptor patrols, shipping reconnaissance off the Dutch Coast and attack of ground targets in Holland and Germany. It has been due to the personal effort of Wing Commander Anderson that his squadron has been enabled to carry out offensive operations and he himself has always led the first of any new type of sortie. In October, Wing Commander Anderson led a section of four Mustangs to North-West Germany and attacked targets on the Dortmund-Ems Canal. This was the first time that single-engined fighters based in England had attacked targets in Germany. Throughout this period, Wing Commander Anderson has led: 6 Tomahawk operations over Holland; 2 Mustang “Rhubarbs” - one over Holland and the other over Germany; 12 Mustang shipping reconnaissance operations; and 3 Mustang interceptor patrols over the North Sea. Wing Commander Anderson has always displayed the greatest initiative to get his squadron onto offensive operations. he is a born leader and has instilled an operational attitude into not only the pilots but also the N.C.Os and ground crew as well. He is absolutely tireless and one of the most enthusiastic Commanding Officers I have met. Through his magnificent leadership, courage and example he has produced in 268 Squadron a thoroughly sound and reliable fighting unit not only in its primary role of Fighter Reconnaissance but also in its secondary and more offensive roles.’
Bar to DSO Citation London Gazette 27 April 1945. The original recommendation states: ‘Between 15 December 1944 and 21 February 1945, Group Captain Anderson carried out 6 reconnaissance sorties over enemy territory. Besides bringing back valuable information, this officer and his No. 2 made the following claims: 1 1000-ton ship destroyed (seen on fire); 2 1000-ton ships severely damaged (one on fire); 1 minelayer damaged; 1 tug destroyed; 3 tugs damaged (one on fire); 3 barges severely damaged; 1 500-ton ship and sundry small M.Vs damaged; 1 ferry damaged; 2 M.T. destroyed; 1 Met and 1 A.F.V. damaged. These attacks were carried out often in the face of intense accurate flak and twice Group Captain Anderson’s aircraft was hit and damaged. Since the date of his last award this officer has carried out 49 sorties over enemy territory, some of which were to provide photographs necessary during the planning of “Overlord”. Besides the claims made above, he has scored successes against a number of different types of target including 16 locos damaged, parties of troops on the ground, and damage to transport vehicles of all descriptions, at all times displaying a fine offensive spirit and courage of a high order. Group Captain Anderson has proved himself to be an outstanding Commanding Officer. The Recce. Wing he has commanded in the Field since August 1944 has achieved magnificent results whilst working with 1st Canadian Army. The results achieved, at a small cost to the Wing, are an indication of its efficiency. This high standard is very largely due to the efficiency of its Commanding Officer and the magnificent example he sets to the rest of his unit.’
Order of Orange Nassau Citation London Gazette 31 October 1947. The original recommendation states: ‘Group Captain Anderson commanded No. 35 Reconnaissance Wing from 30 August 1944 until 1 December 1945. The Wing operated from Gilze Rijen and Mill during the winter of 1944-45. During this period his Wing was responsible not only for tactical reconnaissance and artillery spotting, but also for provision of photographic cover extending deep into enemy territory, without which detailed plans for operations by the Army and Air Force could not have been made. Group Captain Anderson proved himself to be a courageous leader; he himself flew a great number of operational sorties and frequently insisted on leading missions which, by the nature of their tasks, expected heavy opposition. Under his inspiring leadership the Wing carried out all these tasks in an exemplary manner.’
16 AnnearE MWarrant OfficerRAAFBomber Command83 Sqd
1945-04-10LancasterIII ME423OL-CConingsby1822LeipzigAbandoned and crashed at Fulda GermanyKilledNederweert War Cemetery
17 AnnellsHarold Paull StanfieldFlight SergeantAus/408008ObserverRAAF (Middle East Command)Bomber Command223 Sqd
1942-11-05Martin BaltimoreIIIAG941Landing Ground 86, Bir Abo Ogos II Egypt14:14Army Co-operation - 2nd Battle of AlameinCollided with Baltimore AG966 and crashed near the Daba Matruh Road, Maaten Baggush, EgyptKilledEl Alamein War Cemetery - Grave XXXI.A.11.Read Archive Report
18 AnnellsGeorge ArnoldFlight SergeantAus/407760Age 27AustraliaNavigatorRAAFMiddle East Air Command14 Sqd1943-02-21MarauderIAFK377CX-?LG221, Fayid, Egypt1245Enemy shippingSee archive report for detailsMissing - believed killedAlamein Memorial. Column 272

Born on the 25th May 1916 at Kadina. Son of Arthur Gladstone Annells and Elizabeth Christopher Annells; husband of Louisa Daphne Annells, of Hawthorn East, Victoria, Australia. B.Ec., Dip. Commerce.
19 ArdisD CFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command467 Sqd RAAF
1944-09-24LancasterIIILM636PO-UWaddington1723CalaisCrashed target areaKilledCalais Canadian War Cemetery
20 ArkseyWalter LynwoodSergeantR20536014th March 1923 in Langruth, ManitobaCanadianAir Gunner (Mid Upper)RCAFBomber Command460 (RAAF) Sqn
1944-06-10LancasterIME696AR:B2Binbrook23:13Acheres Rail FacilitiesPost war it was established that the aircraft crashed at Elancourt, two miles West of Trappes,16 miles WSW of Paris. The aircraft hit high tension wires at 01:00 and all the crew were killed.KilledViroflay New Communal Cemetery Row B Grave 22.Paradie Archive DatabaseInitially buried in Elancourt Communal Cemetery

Commissioned and promoted to Plt Off (J89952) dated 9th June 1944

Son of John 'Jack' and Maude (née Bott) Arksey of Langruth, Manitoba, Canada
21 ArmstrongJames EdwardFlight Sergeant4236105th November 1921 in West Wyalong, New South WalesAustralianWireless Operator/Air GunnerRAAFBomber Command15 Sqn
1944-06-07LancasterIIILM534LS:AMildenhall00:49Massy-Palaiseau Rail FacilitiesClaimed by Maj. Walter Borchers, his 23rd Abschuss, from Stab NJG5, 30km WSW of Paris 1t 1.300 m, at 02:31 hrs.. Exploded in the air with great force at 02:30hrs , scattering the aircraft and its contents over a wide area of woodland at Bonnelles (Yvelines) 19km ESE of Rambouillet. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (12 May 1944 - 23 July 1944) Part 3 - Theo Boiten)KilledViroflay New Communal Cemetery Row A. Collective Grave 38-42The crew were initially laid to rest in Bonnelles

Son of Joseph Allan Armstrong and Bertha Annie Armstrong, husband of Eileen Esther Mavis Armstrong, of Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia.
22 ArmstrongHugo ThrossellSquadron LeaderAUS/406022Age 26AustraliaPilotDFC

RAAFFighter Command611 Sqd
1943-02-05SpitfireIXBS435FY-F12ScrambleCrashed off BoulogneMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial Panel 187

Son of Percivil William and Grace Ethel Armstrong, of Travancore, Victoria, Australia.
23 ArmstrongDonald Noel RobertPilot OfficerAUS/400009Age 28AustralianObserverRAAFBomber Command214 Sqd
1941-07-07WellingtonIcT2992BU-JRAF Stradishall, Suffolk2204KolnSee archive report for further detailsKilledAs Communal Cemetery. Grave 1Born on the 16th January 1914. Abank clerk prior to service. Enlisted Enlisted 28th April 1940 Son of Donald Robert and Florence Stone Armstrong, Stepmother Sarah Jane Armsrong, husband of Margery Garton Armstrong, of Royal Avenue, Sandringham, Victoria, Australia. Grave inscription reads: "He Gave His Life For Freedom".
24 ArmytagePeter Charles TustinFlying OfficerAUS/410431AustralianW/Op/Air GunnerRAAFBomber Command625 Sqd
1944-03-24LancasterIME684CF-VRAF Kelstern, Lincolnshire1843Berlin See archive report for further details PoW No: 5373 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and BelariaNone - survived Read Archive Report
25 ArnoldAlanFlying OfficerAus/410136Visual Air BomberRAAFBomber Command97 Sqd
1944-06-23LancasterIIIME625OF-ORAF Coningsby, LincolnshireTrainingCollided with Lancaster ND981 and crashed near Cloot House Farm, Crowlands, LincolnshireKilledBuried at Cambridge City Cemetery Grave No. 13966Read Archive Report
26 ArnoldGeorgeFlight SergeantAus/407760Age 27AustraliaW/Op/GunnerRAAFMiddle East Air Command14 Sqd1943-02-21MarauderIAFK377CX-?LG221, Fayid, Egypt1245Enemy shippingSee archive report for detailsMissing - believed killedAlamein Memorial. Column 272Born on the 04th June 1915 at Manchester, England. Son of George and Eva Winifred Arnold; husband of Florence Mildred Rose Arnold, of Renmark, South Australia.
27 AshtonRobert AlexanderFlight SergeantAUS/436598Age 22AustralianAir GunnerRAAFBomber Command138 Sqd (Special)
1944-08-31StirlingIVLJ503NF-PRAF Tempsford, Bedfordshire2200SOESee archive report for further brief detailsKilledArc-Et-Senans Communal Cemetery. Grave 7

Son of William Arthur and Laura Rosena Ashton, of Brighton, Victoria, Australia
28 AstleAlfredPilot Officer177562Age 29NavigatorDFC

RAFVRBomber Command156 Sqd
1944-09-24LancasterIIIPB177GT-LRAF Upwood, Cambridgeshire1645CalaisSee archive report for full detailsMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 210Son of Arthur and Clara Kate Astle and husband of Dulcie Astle (née Seager), of Swindon, Wiltshire, England
29 AubourgV EFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command467 Sqd RAAF
1944-10-28LancasterIIILM746PO-Waddington2214BergenThe aircraft was badly damaged during a mid air collision with another aircraft from the squadron (which managed to land safely) After jettisoning the bomb load over the sea they returned inland. All but three of the crew baled out whilst the pilot, flight engineer and navigator remained and managed to fly the aircraft into Carnaby. Aircraft subsequently damaged beyond repair.Safe
30 AustinClifton EdwardWarrant Officer40861726 May 1918, Northcote, VIC, AustraliaAustralianAir GunnerRAAFBomber Command460 Sqd RAAF
1942-11-22LancasterIW4273UV-ABreighton1815StuttgartShot down south of Amiens by light flak and made a successful forced landingPoW No 868, Stalag Luft 1 Barth Vogelsang/ Stalag Luft 6 Heydekrug/Stalag Luft 3 Sagan & Belaria
31 AverFrancis AlfredSergeant6284231921Flight EngineerRAFBomber Command467 Sqd RAAF
1944-01-28LancasterIIIED867PO-LWaddington49BerlinPost war it was established that all the crew were killed when the aircraft crashed. Probable claim by Maj Helmut Lent Stab NJG3 at 03:25KilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery Plot 5 Row J Collective Grave 9-12Son of Sydney George and Ivy Victoria Florence Aver, of Merstham, Surrey
32 AvernGeoffrey LennoxSergeant40248227th April 1914, Gunnedah, New South WalesAustralianPilotRAAFNo. 2 Overseas Aircraft Delivery Unit (OADU)1942.04.19BeaufighterIT4936RAF Trebelzue, CornwallDaytime transit flightOperational daytime transit flight to Gibraltar en route to the Middle east but failed to arrive. The aircraft wreckage was subsequently found spread over a wide area in a valley between the villages of San Bartolomé de la Torre and Gibraleön in the district of Huelva. The loss was not attributed to enemy actionKilledHuelva British Cemetery Grave 112Son of Henry Charles and Blanch Emily Avern, of Cooma, New South Wales, Australia

The loss and subsequent restoration of their final resting place has been extensively researched and documented by Tom Dooley and Vic Beauvois in an article entitled " War Grave Mysteries in Spain" in the magazine "After the battle" issue No. 145
33 AxbyLeslie FrederickSergeant1335145Age 27PilotRAFVRBomber Command466 Sqd RAAF
1943-01-30WellingtonXHE471HD-?RAF Leaconfield, Yorkshire1114EmdenSee archive report for further brief detailsMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 141Son of Joseph Richard and Ada Louise Axby; husband of Queenie Sylvia Axby, of Luton, Bedfordshire, England
34 BaconS RFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command186 Sqd
1945-04-04LancasterIRA533AP-PStradishall1847LeunaCollided with 115 Sqn Lancaster and crashed at GreifenthalKilledRheinberg War Cemetery
35 BaconLindsay PageFlying OfficerAUS/62186Age 21AustralianPilotRAAFBomber Command7 Sqd
1945-03-19LancasterIII PB667MG-QRAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire1031RecklinghausenSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledBergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery. Grave 13.A.8

Born on the 25th January 1924 at Coffs Harbour, the son of Victor Frederick and Emily Bacon, of 65 Garrett Street, Maroubra, New South Wales, Australia. University student prior to enlisting on the 14th November 1942
36 BaetzHenry LaurenceFlight SergeantAUS/414379Age 20 Born 08th April 1923AustraliaPilotRAAFFighter Command184 Sqd
1943-12-21HurricaneIVKZ377RAF DetlingRocket AttackMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial United Kingdom

Courtesy NAA

RAAF Honour RollSon of Philip Louis and Stella Violet Baetz, of Brisbane, Queensland
37 BakerLouis Michael GabrielFlight Sergeant4265072nd October 1915 in Brisbane, QueenslandAustralianAir Gunner (Rear)DFM

RAAFBomber Command166 Sqn
1944-06-07LancasterIDV367AS:TKirmington23:59Versailles Railway CommunicationsPossible claim by Ofw Richard Rother 6/NJG4 - Versailles (AE 7): 800m at 02:33. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 3 - Theo Boiten). Crashed near St-Cyr-I’-Ecole (Yvelines)KilledClichy Northern Cemetery Plot 16 Row 14 Grave 3Flt Sgt Wright was awarded the DFM whilst with 166 Squadron. Effective 6 June 1944. Gazetted 25 January 1945

Son of Patrick Albert and Catherine Therese Baker, husband of Ruth Marie Baker, of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
38 BallAlfred Desmond JohnPilot OfficerAus/427182PilotRAAFBomber Command462 Sqd RAAF
1945-04-10Halifax IIINA240Z5-VFoulsham1910Bomber Support - Feint Window AttackShot down by ack-ack fire and exploded in the air over the village of ZaaschKilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery Plot 4 Row Z Grave 9Of the ten aircraft from the Squadron three were involved in radar counter measures and the others a feint window attack whereby they proceeded on the same track ahead of the main force, branching off just before Leipzig which was the target for the main force.
39 BancroftBruce DouglasPilot Officer421635AustralianPilotDFC

RAAFBomber Command158 Sqn
1944-06-02HalifaxIIILV792NP:ELissett22:16TrappesAttacked by a night fighter which tore a massive hole in the centre section of the aircraft. During the confusion of the blaze, three of the crew are thought to have fallen out. Two survived, unfortunately Sgt Dwan’s body was never found.

Plt Off Bancroft landed the aircraft RAF Hurn at 02:49. The aircraft was totally beyond repair (Cat E). The instrument panel was salvaged and is now on display in the Australian War Memorial Museum Canberra. The four members of crew who returned were decorated for their bravery.

LV792 was claimed by Hptm Fritz Sothe 4/NJG4 North of Evreux (UC): 2,700m at 01:19. Victory listed in OKL/RLM 4/NJG4. Confirmed Abschussubersicht, but no confirmation date. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 3 – Theo Boiten).
SafeAwarded DFC. Gazetted 17 July 1944: Citation reads: "These officers and airman were air bomber, pilot, navigator and air gunner respectively, of an aircraft detailed to attack Trappes. The target was successfully attacked and on the return flight the aircraft was attacked, by an enemy fighter, causing. extensive damage. The inter-communication system was put out of action. The navigational instruments were rendered useless whilst fires broke out in the bomb bays and fuselage; the starboard inner engine also caught light. The situation seemed most serious, but Pilot Officer Bancroft held resolutely to his course.. Meanwhile Flying Officer Tansley and Pilot Officer Fripp promptly directed their efforts towards fighting the 'fires. They were quickly joined by Sergeant Arundel who had struggled his way out of his damaged turret. Together these members of the crew finally succeeded in extinguishing the flames. Afterwards they co-operated splendidly with their captain. Pilot Officer Bancroft, who flew the badly damaged aircraft to an airfield in this country. In harassing circumstances these members of aircraft- crew displayed coolness, courage and devotion to duty worthy high praise."

Awarded the George Cross. Gazetted 2 July 1946. Citation reads: "The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the George Medal to the undermentioned:-— Flying Officer Bruce Douglas BANCROFT, DFC (421635), Royal Australian Air Force, No. 96 Squadron. On the 13th June 1945, Flying Officer Bancroft was captain of a Dakota aircraft detailed to carry freight from Bikram to Meiktila. About 30 minutes after the aircraft was airborne, an explosion occurred in the port engine and it caught fire. The aircraft lost height and the pilot was forced to 'land. In doing so the aircraft hit an earth bank and burst into flames. Flying Officer Bancroft, although badly burned, succeeded, with the help of the navigator, in extricating four members of the crew from the burning wreckage. Although in great pain, Flying Officer Bancroft then immediately took steps to get help and, refusing the use of a bullock cart as being too slow, he set out on foot for a railway station five miles away, believing he could summon help toy telegraph." He became unconscious on the way but revived and carried on despite the pain from his burns and the great heat of the noonday sun. Flying Officer Bancroft eventually reached the railway station only to find that there were no telegraph facilities available. He had to wait some hours for a train, which took him to a place where he was able to contact a doctor. Only when he was assured that help was on the way to his comrades, did this officer allow his injuries to be treated. Throughout, his thoughts were only for his crew, and, by his brave and unstinting efforts, Plying Officer Bancroft displayed a high standard of devotion to duty and a complete disregard of self. "
40 BarlowRobert Norman GeorgeFlight Lieutenant40189922 Apr 1911, Carlton, VIC, AustraliaAustralianPilotDFC

RAAFBomber Command617 Sqd
1943-05-16LancasterIIIED927AJ-EScampton2128Chastise: Dambusters RaidHeaded for the Sorpe dam. Crashed at 2250 hours after colliding with high tension cables at Halern, 4 km ENE of Rees. The crew was initially buried at Nordfroiedhof at Düsseldorf.

The 'Upkeep' weapon from this a/c was captured intact
KilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery 5,C,9Had previously flown with 61 Sqn

DFC Gazetted 14 May 1943

CITATION :Flying Officer WILLIAMS has taken part in numerous successful sorties, including two attacks on Germany and others on Cologne, Essen, Hamburg, Munich and Bremen. He has also participated as Wireless Operator Air Gunner in a daylight raid on Le Creusot. His technical ability in the air has been of the highest order and his example of quiet efficiency has greatly influenced his crew. Flying Officer WILLIAMS has done fine work and his devotion to duty in the face of enemy opposition has been most commendable.

Son of Alexander and Frances May Barlow; husband of Audrey May Barlow, of St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia
41 BarnardDonald BeausireSquadron Leader40352PilotDFC

RAFBomber Command142 Sqd
1942-09-16WellingtonIIIDF550QT-NGrimsby2044EssenThe a/c was shot up by a night fighter, (Lt Heinz Struning 8/NJG2 at 2334), on a line between Maastricht and Brussels at a height of 9,000ft. Dived steeply to 7,000ft to escape. Flew on and was hit by flak over St. Omer Pas de Calais about 2345. Abandoned at 3,000ft and crashed near La Neuville 10km NW of Lumbres. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives The Early Years Part 3 - Theo Boiten)Evaded WO 208/3312/1040 Barnard landed near Alquines some 15Km west of St.Omer. Ended up at the Fillerins’ house in Renty. Returned to the UK via Spain & Gibraltar on the 26 Jan 1943
42 BarnesNorman EdwardFlight SergeantAUS/424554Age 20AustralianW/Op/Air GunnerRAAFBomber Command138 Sqd (Special)
1944-08-31StirlingIVLJ503NF-PRAF Tempsford, Bedfordshire2200SOESee archive report for further brief detailsKilledArc-Et-Senans Communal Cemetery. Grave 5.

Son of Albert Leslie and Winifred Graham Barnes, of Belmont, New South Wales, Australia
43 BarnettL VFlying OfficerRAAFBomber Command466 Sqd RAAF
1944-05-12HalifaxIIILV919HD-OLeconfield2151HassettCrashed Zondereigen {Antwerpen}KilledSchoolselhof Cemetery Attacker
44 BarrettRichard LyndonSergeant 2nd PilotAus/407071RAAFBomber Command7 Sqd
1941-06-29StirlingIN6001MG-RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire2257Hamburg Shot down by night fighter and crashed at Stemmerm?hlen bei Beverstedt, near Bremmerhaven, Germany KilledBecklingen War Cemetery - Coll. Grave No. XII.D.5-11 Read Archive Report
45 BarrettC KSquadron LeaderRCAFBomber Command432 Sqd RCAF
1944-05-11HalifaxIIINA500QO-GEast Moor2257BoulogneCollided with last and Crashed le Portel {Pas-de-Calais}KilledRunnymede Paradie Archive Database
46 BarsbyEdgar AlanFlight SergeantAus/434121Age 20AustraliaPilotRAAFTransport Command575 Sqd RAF
1945-02-06DakotaIIIKG630I9-?RAF Broadwell, Oxfordshire0935Ferry FlightSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledBrookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 25.E.9A<
John Eigl
RAAF Honour RollBorn on the 02nd July 1924 at Brisbane. Worked as a clerk prior to service. Enlisted on the 15th October 1942. Pilots badge awarded on the 21st October 1943 and promoted to sergeant. Embarked for England on the 17th November 1943. Son of Edgar Barsby and Olivia Vance Barsby, of Alderley, Queensland, Australia. Grave inscription: 'Greater Love Hath No Man'.
47 BartlettChristopher SmalesWing Commander39928Age 26CanadaPilotDFC

RCAFBomber Command434 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-12HalifaxIIILW173WL-KRAF Croft, County Durham2244ArrasPossible claim by Lt. Heinz Altner 8/NJG5 - Lens area either at 01:39 or 01:41 hrs.KilledCalais Canadian War Cemetery. Plot 4, Row G, Grave 10
John Jones Jarrold

Son of Christopher Pennycuick Bartlett and Dora Margaret Bartlett (née Smales), of Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, Canada. Bartlett Lake in Saskatchewan named after him. Grave inscription: 'To All The World He Was But One, To Us He Was All The World'.

DFC Citation: Flight Lieutenant Christopher Smales Bartlett of 216 Squadron. One night in May, 1941, this officer carried out a flight which necessitated transporting a party of Royal Engineers and landing them beside a highly strategical railway bridge which it was intended to destroy. Much of the complete success of this daring and difficult operation can be attributed to the skill displayed by this officer. Flight Lieutenant Bartlett has also executed eleven successful night raids.

Bar to DFC: Acting Wing Commander Christopher Smales Bartlett, DFC of 434 (RCAF) Sqn. In the course of his second tour of operations this officer has attacked many strongly defended targets, including several attacks on Berlin and numerous others on industrial centres in the Ruhr. He is a forceful and courageous leader whose example has inspired all.

Information courtesy John Jones March 2021.

48 BartonRaymond AllanFlight SergeantAus/407612Age 29AustraliaPilotRAAFMiddle East Air Command14 Sqd1943-02-21MarauderIAFK377CX-?LG221, Fayid, Egypt1245Enemy shippingSee archive report for detailsKilledPhaleron War Cemetery. Joint grave 23. B. 9-10Born on the 09th June 1913 at Kalgoorlie. Son of Henry Archibald and Nellie Cordelia Barton, of Burnside, South Australia. Grave inscription: 'That Freedom Live He Yielded All, Lest Freedom Die'.
49 BatesColin CampbellFlight Lieutenant Bomb AimerAus/415391 later Aus/051985RAAFBomber Command460 Sqd RAAF
1943-05-27LancasterIIIED804AR-ZRAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire2314EssenShot down by night fighter piloted by Lt, Walter Sch̦n. Crashed at Moordakker, Herveld, Gelderland, HollandPoW No. 1441 Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria L3 Read Archive Report

50 BathVictor WilliamFlight Sergeant42602219 May 1912, Mount Morgan, QLD, AustraliaAustralianBomb AimerRAAFBomber Command466 Sqd RAAF
1944-03-24HalifaxIIILV900HD-HLeconfield1851BerlinShot down on the homebound leg by a night-fighter and crashed about 4km north of Werne, 11 km NNW of NordhausenKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery 1.C.5
Son of Thomas James Bath, and Isabella Bath, of Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

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