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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
2901 BlakesleeDonald Jm ColonelO-885264USAPilotUSAAF4th Fighter Group: Debden Eagles
1944-04-22P-51 Mustang2 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
2902 BlakesleeDonald Jm ColonelO-885264USAPilotUSAAF4th Fighter Group: Debden Eagles
1944-04-24P-51 Mustang1.5 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
2903 BlakesleeDonald Jm ColonelO-885264USAPilotUSAAF4th Fighter Group: Debden Eagles
1944-05-29P-51 Mustang1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
2904 BlakesleeDonald Jm ColonelO-885264USAPilotUSAAF4th Fighter Group: Debden Eagles
1944-05-29P-51 Mustang10.5Source:
ETO (European Theatre)
2905 BlakeyJackSergeant1582692Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command625Sqn
1944-06-30LancasterIIIPB126CF-TRAF Kelstern, Lincolnshire2210Vierzon See archive report for further information EvaderKilled later in the war. Kuala Lumpur Civil Cemetery (Cheras Road). Row 13 Grave 853 Read Archive Report
2906 BlakeyJackSergeant1582692Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command625Sqn
1944-06-10LancasterIND995CF-?RAF Kelstern, Lincolnshire2315Achères See archive report for further details Survived - no injuriesNone Read Archive Report
2907 BlakeyRFlight SergeantBomber Command35Sqn (Madras Presidency)
1944-01-19HalifaxIIHX169TL-ATrainingCrash landed near Yelling HuntsInjured
2908 BlakeyFrank Leading Aircraftman426859AustraliaRAAF40Sqn RAAF
1944-05-05RAAF Honour Roll
2909 BlanceIan EdwardPilot OfficerNZ/421496Sge 21New ZealandPilotRNZAFBomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1944-07-28LancasterIIIND756AA-MRAF Mepal, Cambridgeshire2200StuttgartSee Archive report for further detailsKilledMillery Communal Cemetery. Grave 4Burial Site


Attacker Operational Record

Son of John William (died 29th June 1960, age 68) and Ivy Bertha Blance (née Devlyn - died 13th December 1982, age 91), of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand. Half brother of P/O. John William Percival (killed on the 22nd September 1942, age 30) A total of 471 flying hours logged and understood to be on his 3rd operation.

2910 BlanchardASergeantNot knownAir GunnerRAFVRBomber Command1656 HCU
1944-11-20HalifaxIIBB254Not knownRAF Lindholme2051Training exercise Crashed off Coppice Avenue, Hatfield Survived - seriously injuredNone - understood to have survived the war Read Archive Report
2911 BlanchardW LWarrant Officer Class 2RCAFBomber Command432Sqn RCAF
1944-06-12HalifaxIIIMZ601QO-AEast Moor2208CambraiKilledDunkerque Town CemeteryParadie Archive Database
2912 BlanchardJ JPilot OfficerRCAFBomber Command434Sqn RCAF
1944-02-15HalifaxVLK971WL-YCroft1719BerlinKilledRunnymede Paradie Archive Database
2913 BlanchardRaymond Arthur OswaldSergeantA/GRAFVRBomber Command103Sqn
1944-07-25LancasterIIIND903PM-GElsham Wolds2151StuttgartTake off 21:51 Elsham Wolds attack on Stuttgart. Outward bound Collided in mid-air with Polish Lancaster PB252 aircraft near Orleans. Location : France.Killed Age 20Orleans Main Cemetery
Orleans Main, France
Raid on Stuttgart undertaken by 412 Lancasters and 138 Halifaxes of Bomber Command. 8 Lancasters and 4 Halifaxes were lost (2.2 per cent of the force desptached).

Son of Samuel Arthur and Violet Blanchard, of Skegness, Lincolnshire
2914 BlanchardJ WSergeantBomber Command106Sqn
1944-06-21LancasterIIILM570ZN-ZMetheringham2315Scholven-BuerCrashed at Rossum {Gelderland}KilledUden War Cemetery Holland
2915 BlanchardASergeantBomber Command49Sqn
2916 BlanchardJames L 1st LtO-464693USAPilotUSAAF357th Fighter Group362nd Fighter Squadron
1944-09-18P-51 Mustang1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
2917 BlanchardMerle E 2nd LtO-740137USAPilotUSAAF55th Fighter Group338th Fighter Squadron
1944-01-31P-38 Lightning1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
2918 BlanchardMerle E 1st LtO-740137USAPilotUSAAF55th Fighter Group338th Fighter Squadron
1944-05-22P-38 Lightning1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
2919 BlanchetteC EPilot OfficerBomber Command156Sqn
1944-01-01LancasterIIIND384GT-DWarboys.0023.BerlinCrashed at Grandrieu {Hainaut}KilledChievres Communal Cemetery
2920 BlanckleyG WSergeantBomber Command158Sqn
1944-08-16HalifaxIIILK839NP-SLissett2159KielCrashed at Foston on the WoldsKilled
2921 BlandL AFlying OfficerRCAFBomber Command578Sqn
1944-03-15HalifaxIIILW542LK-SBurn1903StuttgartCrashed WurmlingenKilledDurnbach War CemeteryParadie Archive Database
2922 BlandR WSergeantBomber Command100Sqn
1944-05-22LancasterIIILM542HW-SGrimsby2244DortmundAbandoned near BonnPoW
2923 BlandE BSergeantBomber Command102Sqn (Ceylon)
1944-06-25HalifaxIIIME753DY-MPocklington749MontorqueilCollided with 77Sqn Halifax III LL549 KN-N & crashed at Fontaine l'Etalon {Pas-de-Calais}KilledFontaine l'Etalon Churchyard
2924 BlandE ASergeantBomber Command15Sqn
2925 BlandHenry ValentineFlight Lieutenant119529PilotRAFVRBomber Command627 Sqn
1944-10-19MosquitoXXKB215AZ:HWoodhall Spa11:45Training15 Mins later while practicing marker bombing over the range at Wainfleet, one of the bombs detonbated in the bomb bay, causing considerfable damage. Tragically, Fg Off Cornell became wedged in the escape hatchSurvived
2926 BlandGordon LeslieFlying Officer407519AustraliaRAAF1 OTU East Sale1944-11-13RAAF Honour Roll
2927 BlandfordJack GeorgePilot Officer158898Age 23BritishNavigator (Replacing Geoffrey Whittle)RAFVRBomber Command101Sqn
1943-11-26LancasterIIIDV285SR-QRAF Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire17:13BerlinCrashed AywailleEvaderEvaded capture and with the assistance from he Belgians made his way to Switzerland 6 months later. He returned to his unit in England in October 1944. Jack passed away on the 11th November 2013, aged 92.
2928 BlandfordG EFlying OfficerBomber Command115Sqn
1944-08-12LancasterIIIPB127KO-TWitchford2151BraunschweigKilledRheinberg War Cemetery
2929 BlaneJohn DonaldWing CommanderC198CanadianPilot (Squadron Commander)RCAFBomber Command424Sqn RCAF
1944-07-28HalifaxIIILV997QB-ESkipton on Swale2220HamburgShot down by a night fighter of 8./NJG 1. Crashed at WesselburenerKilledKiel War Cemetery, 2. E. 20. Germany
Accident Report
2930 BlaneJ HFlight SergeantBomber Command61Sqn
1944-07-18LancasterIIIDV304QR-VSkellingthorpe2304RevignyCrashed at Marcilly {Seine-et-Marne}KilledMarcilly Communal Cemetery
2931 BlaskoJoseph ArthurSergeantJ/92514RCAFBomber Command431Sqn RCAF
1944-07-17HalifaxIIIMZ628SE-YCroft1521VairesCrashed near Cramoisy {Oise}Killed Age 19 Commemorated Cramoisy Communal Cemetery, France.

Paradie Archive DatabaseParadie Archive

Aircrew Deaths Database
Son Of Joseph And Elizabeth Margaret Blasko, Of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2932 BlatchT P ESergeantBomber Command76Sqn
1944-09-05HalifaxW1144MP-QHeraklion PoW
2933 BlatchBenjamin GeorgeWarrant Officer420524AustraliaRAAF251Sqn RAF
1944-07-16RAAF Honour Roll
2934 BlatchfordL GSergeantBomber Command189Sqn
2935 BlatchfordB FPilot OfficerBomber Command7Sqn
1944-08-18LancasterIIIPB148MG-COakington2304SterkradeKilledBergen General Cemetery
2936 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
2937 BlaubaumM BFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command622Sqn
2938 BlaubaumMaxwell BibraFlight Sergeant428038AustraliaRAAF622Sqn RAF
1944-09-12RAAF Honour Roll
2939 BlaydesHerbertWarrant Officer Class 2J88416CanadianNavigatorRCAFBomber Command9 Sqn
1944-06-24LancasterILL853WS:WBardney22:51ProuvilleSee Archive report for detailsKilledCoulonvillers Communal Cemetery. Grave 3
Paradie Archive Database
2940 BlaydonReginald WilliamFlying Officer169133Age 29Wireless Operator/Air GunnerDFM

RAFVRBomber Command582 Sqn
1944-08-07LancasterIIIND8176O:SLittle Staughton22:11Mare de MagneClaim by Lt Frithjof Fensch 4./NJG4, his 12th Abschuss and 2nd of the night - 10km North West of Lisieux (TA 3): 2,400m at 24:00. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (24 July 1944 - 15 October 1944) Part 4 - Theo Boiten)KilledSt. Vigor-d’Ymonville Churchyard755395 Sgt. Blaydon was awarded the DFM whilst with 9 Squadron. Gazetted 11th August 1942. Citation reads: "Awarded for gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations".

Born on the 04th December 1914. Son of Thomas and Florence Blaydon, of 2 Mepal Road, Sutton, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
2941 BlayneyAlfred Goodman WellsPilot OfficerJ/90837Age 27CanadaW/Op/Air GunnerRCAFBomber Command432Sqn RCAF
1944-12-17HalifaxIINP699QO-ORAF East Moor, Yorkshire600DuisburgSee archive report for further details KilledLeopoldsburg War Cemetery: VIII.B.7.Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
2942 BleachS RSergeantBomber Command76Sqn
1944-05-06HalifaxIIINA522MP-Air TestForce landed at Hotham
2943 BleakleyCFlying OfficerBomber Command10Sqn
1944-10-28HalifaxIIIMZ576ZA-TMelbourne1309KolnDitched off Immingham Lincs
2944 BlencoweJ DFlying OfficerBomber Command149Sqn (East India)
2945 BlencoweDennis JamesFlight Sergeant181837626th May 1923 in Whitechurch, ShropshireBritishAir GunnerRAFVRNo. 38 Wing, Royal Air Force570 Sqn RAF
1944-09-23StirlingIVEF298V8:TRAF Harwell, Berkshire14:34Operation "Market Garden"Hit by flak shortly after leaving the Drop Zone near EdeKilledArnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery Coll.Grave 31.A. 2-7
Courtesy Paul Brooker

Son of Harry and Edith Alice (née Skitt) Blencowe of Whitechurch, Shropshire, England
2946 BlenkarnA NSergeant1474283Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command50Sqn
1944-05-21LancasterIME797VN-JSkellingthorpe2247DuisburgCrashed Forst. Hit by flakKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave Ref-Coll. grave 26.F.12-13(Additional information from John Jones)
2947 BlenkinsopMathewSergeant1595390Air/GnrRAFVRBomber Command115Sqn
1944-11-26LancasterIPD293KO-ORAF Witchford, Cambridgeshire1210Training See archive report for further information Missing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial Panel 225 Read Archive Report
2948 BlenkinsopEdward “Teddy” WeymanSquadron LeaderJ/3467CanadianPilotDFC

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)
RCAFBomber Command405 Sqn RCAF
1944-04-27LancasterIIIJA976LQ:SGransden Lodge00:01Montzen railway yards, BelgiumSee archive report for detailsEvader/KilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 278
Accident Report
2949 BlerkomF ASergeant1869923Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command101Sqn
1944-09-13LancasterIIIPB456SR-Ludford Magna1905TrainingCrashed at DumbartonKilledHelensburgh. Grave Ref.Section R Walk 7 Grave 5.(Additional information from John Jones)
2950 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.

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