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#Name*First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir ForceCommandUnitDateofIncident *See NoteAircraftTypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring Database                        Notes                        Links/Archive Reports
1351 BlattmanLeonard JohnSergeantAus/4123697 June 1921 at George's Creek near Armidale New South Wales AustraliaAustralianPilotRAAFMiddle East Command148Sqn RAF
1944-07-03HalifaxIIJP179FS-PRAF Brindisi, Italy20:28Secret mission, South Poland Shot down by enemy fighter. Crashed near Zombor (Sombor) Hungary PoW No. 552 Camp Stalag Luft Bankau-Kreulberg - L7 Read Archive Report
1352 BlaubaumM BFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command622Sqn
1353 BlaubaumMaxwell BibraFlight Sergeant428038AustraliaRAAF622Sqn RAF
1944-09-12RAAF Honour Roll
1354 BlechyndenRoger VincentLeading Aircraftman46227AustraliaRAAFHeadquarters Western Area Perth W Aust1943-12-11RAAF Honour Roll
1355 BlessingWilliam WalterSquadron Leader4046481913AustralianPilotDSO


RAAFBomber Command105 Sqn
1944-07-07MosquitoXVIML964GB:JBurn19:46CaenPrimary target marker. Shot down by a fighter and badly damaged. Plt.Off. Burke baled out, as odered, and landed in Allied held territory.KilledLa Delivrande War Cemetery Douvres III.D.3DSO awarded whilst with 105 Sqn, gazetted 18th June 1943. Citation reads: "Bar to Distinguished Service Order. Acting Wing Commander Reginald Wilfred REYNOLDS, D.S.O., D.F.C. (40259), Reserve of Air Force Officers, No! 139 Squadron. Distinguished Service Order. Acting Squadron Leader William Walter BLESSING. D.F.C. (Aus.404648), Royal Australian Air Force, No. 105 Squadron. Acting Flight Lieutenant Edward Barnes SISMORE, D.F.C. (130208), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 139 Squadron. Distinguished Flying Cross. Flying Officer Forrest Martin FISHER (121787), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 105 Squadron. Distinguished Flying Medal. 1379594 Flight Sergeant Leslie HOGAN, No. 105 Squadron. On the 27th May, 1943. a force of bombers were detailed to attack targets at Jena, Germany, in daylight. The operation called for a high degree of skill and necessitated a flight over strongly defended areas and difficult terrain. Whilst still a considerable distance from the target, the weather deteriorated and visibility became very poor. Nevertheless, the objective, far away in enemy territory was reached according to plan. In spite of balloon defences, and in the face of fierce antiaircraft fire, a low level attack was pressed home with great vigour. The success achieved reflects the greatest credit on the efforts of the abovenamed personnel who took part in the operation in various capacities, as members of aircraft crews. Their skill, courage and determination were of a high order."

DFC awarded whilst with 105 Sqn, gazetted 6th April 1943. Citation reads: "Acting Flight Lieutenant William Walter BLESSING (Aus.404648), Royal Australian Air Force, No. 105 Squadron. In March, 1943, this officer flew the leading aircraft of a bomber force detailed to undertake a low level attack on the railway workshops at Paderborn. The operation, involving a deep penetration into Germany in daylight, demanded a high degree of efficiency. That the sortie was executed exactly as planned and success achieved was largely attributable to Flight Lieutenant Blessing's fine leadership and great skill. This officer has taken part in 17 sorties, all of them in daylight, invariably displaying great determination and efficiency. On two occasions he has flown his badly damaged aircraft back to base."

Son of Walter Clinton Blessing and Elizabeth Mary Blessing, of Braidwood, New South Wales, Australia; husband of Audrey Pamela Blessing, of Stanmore, Middlesex, England.
1356 BlessingWilliam WalterSquadron Leader404648AustraliaRAAF105Sqn RAF
1944-07-07RAAF Honour Roll
1357 BlessingWilson GeorgeSergeant402219AustraliaRAAF272Sqn RAF
1942-06-15RAAF Honour Roll
1358 BlickClaude Wynter ArthurPilot Officer411732AustraliaRAAF36 OTU RCAF1942-06-25RAAF Honour Roll
1359 BlighNorman NicholasSergeant1876647Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command463Sqn RAAF
1944-01-30LancasterIIIJA973JO-OWaddington1724BerlinCrashed at RepenteKilledBERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY-9. J. 1.(Additional information from John Jones)
1360 BlightAmbrose EdwardPilot Officer41611410 January 1914, Penola, South AustraliaAustralianNavigatorRAAFBomber Command460 Sqn RAAF
1943-12-29LancasterIIIJB607AR:NBinbrook17:03BerlinOn return leg the a/c was attacked by a night fighter north of Aachen. Sgt Seery saw tracer passing and the Lancaster was hit in the nose. The Plt.Off. Ireland immediately dived to port and during the dive the a/c was hit again by many shells. Four of the crew were believed to have been killed in the second attack. The a/c caught fire and all four engines were disabled. Plt.Off. Ireland managed to level the a/c and remained at the controls to give the surviving crew the time to bale out. Sgt Seery, and Sgt Squire, tried to open the escape hatch but it jammed and took some time to open. When they opened it Sgt Seery baled out but Sgt Squire went back to help Plt.Off. Ireland. A few seconds after Sgt Seery got out the a/c exploded and crashed into the grounds of a monastery at Bleijerheide, near Kerkrade in The Netherlands.

Post war records indicate that that JB607 was shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf110g from 2./NJG1 flown by Oberfeldwebel Heinrich Oloff who survived the war having 14 night victories recorded. He died at Christmas 1999. However, this aircraft was also claimed by Flak of 3./schw. Flak Abt 465 and 4./schw. Flak Abt. 381. The claim by Lt. Oloff not listed in OKL/RLM 2./NJG confirmed Abschussübersicht. Probably rejected and victory credited to Flak. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (30 May - 31 December 1942) The Early Years Part 3 - Theo Boiten)
KilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll.grave 27.C.1-12Son of William and Margaret Blight and the husband of Patricia Collier Blight, of Rose Bay, New South Wales, Australia.
1361 BlightNorman Charles PhilipFlight Lieutenant366AustraliaRAAF2 Wireless & Gunnery School Parkes1942-06-15RAAF Honour Roll
1362 BlightAmbrose EdwardPilot Officer416114AustraliaRAAF460Sqn RAAF
1943-12-29RAAF Honour Roll
1363 BlockNoel HerbertSergeant437364AustraliaRAAF26 OTU RAF1944-03-26RAAF Honour Roll
1364 BlokDavid IssacLeading Aircraftman68497AustraliaRAAF338 Radar Station1944-01-23RAAF Honour Roll
1365 BlomWalter MichaelFlight Lieutenant40041AustraliaDFC

RAFBomber Command150Sqn
1940-07-27BattleIL5528JN-NewtonGroundExplosion at base. 33 Vere Road, Peterborough. Being the pilot of a Fairey Battle aircraft, Serial Number L5528, Code Letters JN, a bomb fell off the plane at its base at Newton, Nott's, and exploded killing Blom, his two crew and four othersKilledRAAF Honour Roll
1366 BlomGeorge HenryPilot Officer420525AustraliaRAAF450Sqn RAAF
1944-09-11RAAF Honour Roll
1367 BloomLionel LeslieLeading Aircraftman423303AustraliaRAAF5 Service Flying Training School Uranquinty1943-04-23RAAF Honour Roll
1368 BloomfieldD L'ASergeantAUS-402721PilotRAAFFighter457Sqn RAAF
1942-03-28SpitfireVbAB187RodeoKilledRunnymede Memorial United Kingdom
1369 BloomfieldFrank Henry 'Harry' Sergeant13317451923Wireless OperatorRAFVRBomber Command467Sqn RAAF
1943-10-22LancasterIIIDV226PO-JBottesford1752KasselLost without traceKilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 142Son of Mark and Edith Bloomfield, of Tunbridge Wells, Kent
1370 BloomfieldDavid I'AnsonFlight Sergeant402721AustraliaRAAF457Sqn RAAF
1942-03-28RAAF Honour Roll
1371 BloyA JFlying OfficerRAAFBomber Command625Sqn
1945-03-02LancasterIII PB158CF-G2Kelstern730KolnExploded in the air
1372 Blumer'Red' Richmond Antony BarrettWarrant OfficerAUS/411854Age 23AustraliaPilotRAAFFighter Command91Sqn
1943-11-06SpitfireXIIEN626DL-?RAF West MallingRhubarbSee archive report for further brief detailsEvaded

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Born on the 19th April 1921 at Sydney. Enlisted on the 21st June, 1941 in Sydney. Son of Cecil Herbert Blumer and Alice Ruby (née Barrett) of Croydon, New South Wales, Australia. His younger brother Alexander Gordon Barrett Blumer DFC Aus/411735, also served. Grave inscription: Deeply Loved Sadly Mourned Proudly Remembered'.
1373 Blumer'Red' Richmond Antony BarrettWarrant OfficerAUS/411854Age 23AustraliaPilotRAAFFighter Command91Sqn
1944-06-25SpitfireXIVRM617DL-?RAF West MallingDiver PatrolSee archive report for further brief detailsKilled on take offBrookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 4. N. 17

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Born on the 19th April 1921 at Sydney. Enlisted on the 21st June, 1941 in Sydney. Son of Cecil Herbert Blumer and Alice Ruby (née Barrett) of Croydon, New South Wales, Australia. His younger brother Alexander Gordon Barrett Blumer DFC Aus/411735, also served. Grave inscription: Deeply Loved Sadly Mourned Proudly Remembered'.
1374 BlumerPaul JohnPilot Officer402027AustraliaRAAF355Sqn RAF
1944-05-05RAAF Honour Roll
1375 BlumerRichmond Antony BarrettWarrant Officer411854AustraliaRAAF91Sqn RAF
1944-06-26RAAF Honour Roll
1376 BlundellColin FrazerPilot Officer4111168 September 1915, Petersham, NSW, AustraliaAustralianPilotRAAFBomber Command35 Sqn (Madras Presidency)
1944-02-15HalifaxIIILV861TL-OGraveley1736BerlinClaim by Oblt Hans-Heinz Augenstein 7/NJG1- Diepenveen 4km NNW Deventer (Krote): 3,000m at 22:48. The aircraft crashed at Tjoene in the Dutch province of Overijssel 4kms NNW of DeventerKilledDiepenveen General Cemetery Plot 2 Grave 15Son of George Howell Blundell and Augusta Blundell, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1377 BlundellRFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command462Sqn RAAF
1945-02-10Halifax IIIMZ402Z5-YFoulsham126BSCrashed at base on return
1378 BlundellW JSergeant1380227Bomber Command466Sqn RAAF
1943-05-29WellingtonXHE212HD-Leconfield2223WuppertalCrashed at Vollezele {Brabant}KilledBrussels Town Cemetery
1379 BlundellKenneth William FraserFlight Lieutenant260777AustraliaRAAF1 Aircraft Depot1945-08-17RAAF Honour Roll
1380 BlundellColin FraserPilot Officer411116AustraliaRAAF35Sqn RAF
1944-02-15RAAF Honour Roll
1381 BluntM J LFlying OfficerRAAFBomber Command150Sqn
1942-06-06WellingtonIIIX3279JN-MSnaith2350EmdenCrashed in the WaddenzeeKilledNes General Cemetery (Ameland)
1382 BluntC J HSergeantBomber Command458Sqn RAAF
1941-11-30HampdenIAE430UB-MSwinderby1652Hamburg?KilledKiel War Cemetery
1383 BluntMalcolm James LarkeFlying Officer403208AustraliaRAAF150Sqn RAF
1942-06-07RAAF Honour Roll
1384 BlytheBSergeantBomber Command463Sqn RAAF
1945-04-08LancasterINX584JO-VWaddington1812LutzkendorfAbandoned on way homeKilledRunnymede
1385 BoagR JFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1944-11-30LancasterINF980AA-FMepal1058OsterfeldCrashed target areaKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery
1386 BoagLeslie RichardFlying Officer41833617 October 1913, Richmond, Victoria, AustraliaAustralianNavigatorRAAFBomber Command83 Sqn
1944-01-21LancasterIIIJB365OL-XRAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire 19:57MagdeburgJB365 was claimed by Fw. Andreas Hartl, his 2nd, from 6./JG302 west of Berlin at 23:15 hours. The Lancaster was attacked approaching Magdeburg and set on fire, abandoned and crashed at Pretzien (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (1 January - 15 March 1944) Part 1 - Theo Boiten)He was captured by a farmer on the 25th Jan 1944 about 4 miles NE of Berg whilst trying to steal a cabbage

PoW No 3342, Stalag Luft 3 Sagan & Belaria

Flt.Lt. Boag’s statement of the circumstances of the loss of the aircraft. "Reaching turn onto target, flew radius of action to waste time and returned. Had just reached turn again picking up datum for timed run when W/Op reported fighter 100 yards astern closing on his equipment. Acknowledged by rear gunner. Nothing furthermore few seconds when cannon shell hit us ahead of my position. Bomb Aimer stood up and asked the pilot to open bomb doors to jettison. Just then I together with Bomb Aimer was thrown forward and knocked out. On regaining my senses found I was sitting on the instrument panel with head against perspex. Starboard wing well alight and both motors feathered. We seemed to be going straight down so I bailed out where the side had been blown away. At approx 2000 feet I saw the plane hit immediately ablaze all over. I could not see if the skipper was still in his seat or not. I believe he was hit in the first attack and while I was out he succeeded in feathering both starboard motors and I think getting rid of the bomb load apart from markers which were selected off. I did not know who had got out but was afterwards told by the Germans I was the only survivor. This I am convinced was due to Starboard engines being feathered enabling me to get out there. This was done by the skipper F/O J C H Davies on his own as the Engineer was in the nose at the time of the attack. I would like to place on record his actions while wounded and also his attempt to put the fire out and I personally think that some recognition should be made."

Promoted to Flt.Lt. whilst as a PoW (4 February 1945)
1387 BoagRobert JamesFlight Sergeant432097AustraliaRAAF75Sqn (NZ) RAF
1944-11-30RAAF Honour Roll
1388 BoalHarold JamesFlight SergeantA40949713 April 1923 (Echuca, Victoria, Australia)AustralianNavigatorRAAFBomber Command97Sqn (Straits Settlements)
1944-01-30LancasterIIIJB659OF-JBourn1710BerlinHomebound when claimed by Heinz Wolfgang Schnaufer on 30 Jan 1944 (near Amsterdam). Crashed near Zwanenburg (Noord-Holland)KilledHaarlemmereer (Zwanenburg) General Cemetery, Plot B, Row C, Coll. Grave 15.Son of Charles Ernest and Lily Boal, of Barmah East, Victoria, Australia
1389 BoalHarold JamesFlight Sergeant409497AustraliaRAAF97Sqn (Straits Settlements)
1944-01-31RAAF Honour Roll
1390 BoanThomasLeading Aircraftman1551256Ground crewRAFVRBomber Command462 Sqn, RAAF1943-04-20HalifaxIIBB325?Gardabia MainNot knownArming aircraftSee archive report for further detailsKilledTripoli War Cemetery Coll.grave 5.B.5-11
1391 BoanasJack William RobinsonFlight Sergeant417331AustraliaRAAF2Sqn RAAF
1943-10-31RAAF Honour Roll
1392 BoardWilliam Alfred HigsonWarrant OfficerAus/42085514 April 1915 at Marrickville, Sydney AustraliaAustralianWireless Operator/Air GunnerRAAFBomber Command1944-11-22WellingtonXLP547LF-STortorella, Italy17.09Szombathely Marshalling Yards, HungaryShot down by night fighter and crashed at FelsőjánosfaPoW No. 1224 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria - L3Read Archive Report
1393 BoardH WFlying OfficerNavigatorBomber Command463 Sqn RAAF
1944-06-29LancasterIME701JO:FWaddington12:11BeauvoirFirst daylight raid for the Squadron. Hit and severely damaged by Flak but returned safely to Waddington at 15:17Safe
1394 BoardleyHaroldSergeant1549458Age 22BelgiumNavigatorRAFVRBomber Command467Sqn RAAF
1944-01-27LancasterIIIED539PO-PRAF Waddington, Lincolnshire17:40BerlinSee archive report for further details and photographsMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 225

Son of Harold and Edith Alice Boardley, of Lancaster, England.
1395 BoardmanFSergeantBomber Command460Sqn RAAF
1396 BoardmanHarrySergeant549441BritishFlight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command467 Sqn RAAF
1944-11-11LancasterINF917PO:QRAF Waddington, Lincolnshire16:30HarborgHit by 1./schw Flak Abt 601, 3. & 4./schw Flak Abt 602, 3./schw Flak Abt 613 and 1./schw Flak Abt 144 (Eisb). The aircraft exploded in mid-air over Ramelsloh South of Harburg at 19:35. According to an entry in the XI Luftgau War Diaries, NF917 was destroyed by a combination of Nachtjager and by Flak of the 3rd Flak Division. The fighter was possibly the Kommandore of III/NJG2, Hptm Ferger. According to secondary source, he claimed a Lancaster at 19:45, a claim which was not filed with the OKL. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 5 - Theo Boiten) Post war it was established that the aircraft crashed near Ramelsloh, about 16kms south of HamburgKilledKiel War Cemetery Plot 5 Row D Joint Grave 8-9
Initially buried Ramelsloh Churchyard Communal Grave 5-9. Reinterred 9 December 1947.

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1397 BoasePeter LeonardFlight SergeantA4058191922-10-21AustralianAir GunnerRAAFBomber Command467Sqn RAAF
1943-04-16LancasterIED780PO-Bottesford2133Plzen?KilledPoix-de-Picardie Churchyard Row E, Grave 13.Son of Leonard Charles and Ada May Boase, of Southport, Queensland Australia.
1398 BoasePeter LeonardFlight Sergeant405819AustraliaRAAF467Sqn RAAF
1943-04-17RAAF Honour Roll
1399 BoatswainJ AFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command100Sqn
1944-08-25LancasterIIIND995HW-KGrimsby2032RusselsheimKilledRheinberg War Cemetery
1400 BoatswainJames AttewoodFlight Sergeant424359AustraliaRAAF100Sqn RAAF
1944-08-26RAAF Honour Roll

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