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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 Database                        Notes                        Links/Archive Reports
2551 BetleyRoland Desmond ErnestFlight Sergeant4214951922New ZealanderPilotRNZAFBomber Command75 Sqn RNZAF
1944-06-15LancasterILL888AA:XMepal23:09ValenciennesClaim by Oblt Peter Ehrhardt 9/NJG5 - Cambrai/Lille/Valenciennes area: 2,000m at 00:52. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 3 - Theo Boiten) Crashed Rieux-en-Cambresis (Nord) 9km ENE of CambraiKilledRieux Communal Cemetery Coll. Grave 8-10Six of the crew were found. with the wreckage. The seventh, and RAF member of the crew, appears to have died on baling out, his body being found by local inhabitants a few km to the NW. He was buried at Iway before being reinterred alongside his comrades at Rieux.

Son of John Ernest Betley and of Amy Violet Betley (nee Shaw), of Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand; husband of Barbara Isobel May Betley, of Oroua Downs, Wellington, New Zealand.
2552 BettR CPilot OfficerBomber Command7 Sqd
1944-02-15LancasterIIIJB224MG-WOakington1708BerlinKilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery
2553 BettanyFrederick LawrenceLAC935893Air/GnrRAFVRArmy Co-operation Unit26 Sqd1944-05-19LysanderIIN1202RM-?Authie, France1330Reconnaissance See archive report for further details Survived - died of injuriesLandrecies Communal cemetery. Row C. Grave 2 Read Archive Report
2554 BettertonDSergeantBomber Command44 Sqd
1944-06-21LancasterIIIND973KM-ADunholme Lodge2312WesselingCrashed at Herkenbosch {Limburg}KilledJonkerbos War Cemetery
2555 BettingtonM MWarrant OfficerRAAFBomber Command466 Sqd RAAF
1944-06-02HalifaxIIIHX271HD-VLeconfield2222TrappesCrashed Dannemarie {Yvelines}KilledDreux Communal Cemetery
2556 BettingtonMax MilsonWarrant Officer412306AustraliaRAAF466 Sqd RAAF
1944-06-03RAAF Honour Roll
2557 BettneySSergeantBomber Command102 Sqd (Ceylon)
1944-12-23HalifaxIIIMZ827DY-Pocklington1148MulheimCrash landed at Carnaby on return
2558 BettridgeRonald StaceySergeant1851822Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command61 Sqn
1944-02-19LancasterIME591QR-CConingsby2343LeipzigAirborne collision with unknown aircraftKilledRheinburg War Cemetery Plot 7 Row C Grave 7The crew were initially buried in Wetscherweisen Military Cemetery Diepholz. They were buried with the crew belonging to 514 Squadron Lancaster DS823.

(Extract from report from No4 MREU no name or dated) After several days of search I found a witness, Burgomeister Gabe of Essern who was able to guide me to the woods of a Lancaster. Burgomeister Gabe says that at 01:30 on Sunday 20 February 1944, two aircraft collided in mid air. None of the fragments were collected by the Luftwaffe, but they were unable to move tell section which was still at the scene of the crash. It was definitely a part of DS825 [sic] as they ....... were damaged registration numbers reading “D.S.” on one side and 82 on the other side. It was a complete tail section so there is no doubt that it was a Lancaster. Policeman Eserwych of Law confirmed date and other details of the crash from his diary.

Note: 514 Sqn lost 3 aircraft on this night DS736/DS823/LL681

Son of Stacey Ernest and Winifred Elizabeth Bettridge, of Hedge End, Hampshire
2559 BettsWesley HirstFlying OfficerAus/410209Age 22AustralianNavigatorRAAFBomber Command460 Sqd RAAF
1944-05-11LancasterIIIND674AR-C2RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire22:00HassettSee archive report for further details and photographsPoW No: 5149 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and BelariaDetails submitted courtesy Jon Jones 01/2023Born on the 19th April 1922 in Carlton, Victoria, Australia. Discharged from the RAAF on the 25th August 1945. Died on the 07th January 2005.
2560 BettsB GFlight SergeantRCAFBomber Command425 Sqd RCAF
1944-07-28HalifaxIIIMZ712KW-STholthorpe2230HamburgKilledRunnymede Paradie Archive DatabaseFirst French Canadian squadron
2561 BettsR CSergeantBomber Command102 Sqd (Ceylon)
1944-01-21HalifaxIILW274DY-RPocklington1947MagdeburgCrashed off Flamborough HeadKilledRunnymede
2562 BettsErnest GeorgeAircraftman Class 1146312AustraliaRAAF3 Personnel Depot Brisbane1944-09-29RAAF Honour Roll
2563 BettyRowland DavidFlying Officer515011914Wireless OperatorRAFBomber Command50 Sqd
1944-01-28LancasterIIILM428VN-OSkellingthorpe24BerlinPossible claim by Hptm Werner Hoffmann Stab I/NJG5 - near Molchow North of Neuruppin (DF 8): 5,800m at 03:12. Crashed Steinberg where the crew were initially buried. (Nachtjagd War Diaries, Vol 1 - Theo Boiten)KilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery Plot 9 Row Z Collective Grave 24-28
Investigating officers from the RCAF visited the village of Steinberg 40 miles NW of Berlin. They were told by the villagers that a large British aircraft had crashed four to five hundred yards west of the villa and that the crew had been buried in a communal grave in the local cemetery. It was believed that the aircraft had been shot by night fighters. The grave was exhumed but unhappily Sgt. Taylor the Flight Engineer and the Bomb Aimer Fg.Off. Daynes of the crew were the only ones who could be individually identified. (Extract from letter to Mrs Presland by Wg.Cdr. Gunn RCAF Causalities Officer dated 23 March 1950)

Son of Rowland T. Betty and Jean W. Betty; husband of Betty Betty, of Hartford, Cheshire
2564 BetzelCharles M. 2nd LieutenantPilot OfficerO-7441761922AmericanPilotUSAAF8th Air Force332nd Bomber Squadron (91st Bombardment Group (H))1944-02-20B-17 SkunkfaceF42-29656LG-SBassingbourn (Station #121), Cambridgeshire, England925 Leipzig and Aschersleben, Germany See Archive report for detailsPoW No. 5167, Stalag Luft 3 Sagan & Belaria
2565 BeutelWFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command106 Sqd
1944-06-24LancasterILL975ZN-HMetheringham2225PommervalKilledSt-Sever Cemetery Rouen
2566 BeutelWilliam Flight Sergeant434288AustraliaRAAF106 Sqd RAF
1944-06-25RAAF Honour Roll
2567 BevenH EFlying OfficerBomber Command106 Sqd
1944-04-22LancasterIIIJB567ZN-EMetheringham2324BraunschweigCrashed BergePoW
2568 BeveridgeMassey WilliamsonWing CommanderJ/15070RCAFFighter409 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-06MosquitoNFXIIIMM587PatrolInjured
Paradie Archive DatabaseArchive Report
2569 BeveridgeMassey WilliamsonWing CommanderJ/15070RCAFFighter409 Sqd RCAF
1944-09-20MosquitoNFXIIIMM586PatrolCrashed at St AndreKilledFlavacourt Churchyard France

Paradie Archive DatabaseArchive Report MM586

Paradie Archive
2570 BeveridgeJames RalphFlying OfficerJ2675617th April 1918 in Colony Bay, WalesCanadianPilotRCAFBomber Command433 (Porcupine) Sqn, RCAF
1944-08-31HalifaxIIIMZ879BM:OSkipton on Swale10:36Ile de CézambreMission to bomb Coastal Battery near St-Malo. Lost without Trace. On the 11th July 2018 two amateur scuba divers and World War II enthusiasts, discovered the wreckage of a Halifax off the coast of Saint-Malo. Their investigation determine that this was the wreckage of MZ879.KilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 245
Paradie DatabaseSon of John Ferdinand and Catharine (née Cocker) Beveridge of London, Ontario, Canada. B.Sc

Photograph provided by Shirley Stone

2571 BeveridgeR WFlight LieutenantDFC

Bomber Command635 Sqd
1944-04-08LancasterIIIPA983F2-ADownham Market1107TrossyKilledMarissel French National Cemetery
2572 BeverleyD GFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command467 Sqd RAAF
1944-11-02LancasterIDV396PO-BWaddington1631Dusseldorf
2573 BeverleyR LFlight LieutenantFighter264 Sqd
1944-08-03MosquitoNFXIIIJPatrolAbandonedInjured
2574 BeverstockAlbert SmedleyLeading Aircraftman62078AustraliaRAAFRAAF Station Bradfield Park1944-06-13RAAF Honour Roll
2575 BevertonH AFlight SergeantBomber Command15 Sqd
1944-09-12LancasterINF958LS-MMildenhall1841FrankfurtCrashed at Wieblingen BanhnofKilledDurnbach War Cemetery
2576 BevinArthurFlight Sergeant1685716Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command35 Sqn (Madras Presidency)
1944-10-28LancasterIIIPB612TL:PGraveley14:06KolnThe route was Base, Orfordness, 5110N 0240E, 5020N 0615E, Target, 5058N 0715E, 5035N 0720E, 5020N 0615E, 5110N 0240E, Orfordness, Base PB612 failed to return and the squadron’s Operations Record Book shows: 'This aircraft is missing; was last heard of at 16.28 hours giving Attack unsuccessful'Killed. Remains not recoveredRunnymede Memorial Panel 215Son of James Booth Bevin and Annie Louise Bevin, of Haslington, Cheshire

It was equipped with H2S, GPI and Fishpond and was carrying 1 x 4000lbs HC (NI), 2 x 1000lbs ANM59 and various target indicators. Its designated Path Finder role was Deputy Master Bomber
2577 BewickChristopherSergeant8170701915 at Nigg Parish, Kincardineshire/Aberdeen ScotlandBritishPilot under trainingRAF (Auxiliary Air Force)Training Command11 (Pilot) Advanced Flying Unit1944-02-20Airspeed OxfordMark IIX7064RAF wrexham20.25TrainingCrashed at Moel y Gamelin near Llangollen, Denbighshire, WalesKilledAberdeen (Allenvale) Cemetery - Section 5. Grave 94Read Archive Report
2578 BeyerWilliam R 1st LtO-816628USAPilotUSAAF361st Fighter Group376th Fighter Squadron
1944-09-17P-47 Thunderbolt1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
2579 BeyerWilliam R 1st LtO-816628USAPilotUSAAF361st Fighter Group376th Fighter Squadron
1944-09-27P-47 Thunderbolt5 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
2580 BeyerWilliam R 1st LtO-816628USAPilotUSAAF361st Fighter Group376th Fighter Squadron
1944-11-02P-47 Thunderbolt1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
2581 BeyerWilliam R CaptainO-816628USAPilotUSAAF361st Fighter Group376th Fighter Squadron
1944-11-26P-47 Thunderbolt2 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
2582 BeyerWilliam R CaptainO-816628USAPilotUSAAF361st Fighter Group376th Fighter Squadron
1944-11-26P-47 Thunderbolt9Source: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
2583 BiaggiDSgcFFAFBomber Command346 Sqd Free French
1944-10-09HalifaxIIINA585H7-MElvington1448le HavreExploded at base on returnKilledHarrogate [Stonefall] Cemetery
2584 BiaggiDSgcFFAFBomber Command346 Sqd Free French
1944-06-12HalifaxVLK955H7-Elvington2201AmiensCrash landed at Carnaby on return
2585 BiałeckiRoman AdamPlutonowy PilotFlight SergeantP.782690Born 4 January 1918 BrochocinPłock (Age 26 when killed)PolandPilotKrzyż Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

PAFAnti-Aircraft Defence577 Sqd
1944-03-21Hawker HurricanelVLE655RAF Castle BromwichBedworth, WarwickshireSee Archive Report. Flying Accident, Taffs Farm, Bedworth, Warwickshire. Location : United Kingdom.Killed on Operational FlightPAF Memorial, Northolt, Newark-Upon-Trent Cemetery - Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom. Plot Sec K War Graves Plot Grave 320a


Archiwum Polish Database
2586 BiałoszewskiAdam SzczepanSierzant StrzelecSergeantP.705691Born 24 December 1910 Stryj (Age 33 when killed)PolandAir GunnerMedal Lotniczy

PAFBomber Command1586 Special Duties Flight SOE1944-09-02Handley Page HalifaxllBB389GR-MRAF Brindisi, ItalyPolish Supply DropAircraft destroyed by Anti-aircraft fire near Backi Brestovac, Yugoslavia. Location : Yugoslavia.Killed on Operational FlightPAF Memorial, Northolt, Belgrade War Cemetery, Yugoslavia. Plot VI, Row A, Grave 3-8 Collective Grave

Belgrade War Cemetery, Serbia
Archiwum Polish Database
2587 BibbyT JSergeantR158840CanadianAir GunnerRCAFBomber Command420 (Snowy Owl) Sqn, RCAF
1944-09-15HalifaxIIINA629PT:WTholthorpe21:56KielThey bombed the at 01:19 hours from 1800ft before turning for home. On the return journey the hydraulic system failed, probably holed by Flak. The loss of hydraulics caused the flaps to lower followed by the undercarriage the the bomb doors. The wireless operator put out an SOS and despite attempts by the crew to rectify the situation, Motherwell was forced to ditching this highly dangerous configuration at 04:05 hours. They were 70 miles off the East Anglian coast. At times a search scene could resemble flies around a honeypot and this was the case during the search for Motherwell and his crew. Sqn Ldr Simpson in Hudson L/279 and Fg Off Garven in U/2279 were scrambled at 18:01 and 18:23 respectively. On arrival at the search area and they discovered three Lancasters and two Halifaxes, one of which was another 420 Sqn aircraft flown by Flt Lt E S Heimpel RCAF, circling two dinghies containing the seven survivors. The Hudsons dropped smoke floats to help mark the position and shortly afterwards a Walrus amphibian arrived and picked up the survivors. Sometime later an RML was homed to the area and the survivors were transferred to this from the Walrus. The RML then took the Walrus under tow and headed home. (Dinghy Drop: 279 Squadron RAF 1941-1946 - Tom Docherty)RescuedParadie Archive Database
2588 BibbyC OFlying OfficerPilotFighter19 Sqd
1944-09-18MustangIIIFZ195PatrolCrashed near RotterdamPoW
2589 BibbyWSergeantBomber Command51 Sqd
1944-05-22HalifaxIIILK835MH-UTrainingAbandoned & crashed Waenavon Monmouthsire
2590 BibbyRFlight LieutenantBomber Command576 Sqd
1944-08-18LancasterIIILM439UL-E2Elsham Wolds1924la NieppePoW
2591 BibbyASergeantBomber Command83 Sqd
1944-11-14LancasterIIIPB702OL-GTrainingCrashed into The WashInjured
2592 BickR WFlying OfficerRCAFBomber Command426 Sqd RCAF
1944-11-04HalifaxVIINP775OW-KLinton on Ouse1719BochumPoW Paradie Archive Database
2593 BickelCarl G 2nd LtO-744680USAPilotUSAAF354th Fighter Group353rd Fighter Squadron: Cobras
1944-02-11P-51 Mustang1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
2594 BickelCarl G 1st LtO-744680USAPilotUSAAF354th Fighter Group353rd Fighter Squadron: Cobras
1944-06-29P-47 Thunderbolt1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
2595 BickelCarl G 1st LtO-744680USAPilotUSAAF354th Fighter Group353rd Fighter Squadron: Cobras
1944-07-07P-47 Thunderbolt1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
2596 BickelCarl G 1st LtO-744680USAPilotUSAAF354th Fighter Group353rd Fighter Squadron: Cobras
1944-07-26P-47 Thunderbolt1.5 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
2597 BickelCarl G 1st LtO-744680USAPilotUSAAF354th Fighter Group353rd Fighter Squadron: Cobras
1944-09-10P-47 Thunderbolt1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
2598 BickelCarl G 1st LtO-744680USAPilotUSAAF354th Fighter Group353rd Fighter Squadron: Cobras
1944-09-10P-47 Thunderbolt5.5Source: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
2599 BickellSidneyWarrant Officer649048Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFBomber Command1674 Heavy Conversion Unit1944-07-04WellingtonXIVHF352Not knownRAF Farnborough, Hampshire10:04Air TestSee archive report for further detailsKilledEdmonton Cemetery, Middlesex. Section E. Grave 438
2600 BickellH CSergeantBomber Command10 Sqd
1944-01-28HalifaxIIJN891ZA-PMelbourne.0004.BerlinCrashed near SchwerinPoW

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