B

BABER
Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 26    killed on 27th Op
total sorties undertaken 29, including 2 DNC (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with IR Gow’s crew as  R/Gnr & F/Gnr , including 1 DNC – 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434.
11 Ops with DV Gilmour’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 01/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST
14 Ops with Wilson’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
25/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets, F.18, M.434, and KASSEL, 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434. (DNC), 03/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71 at HORST (Front Gunner), 06/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.73 and A.28. (Front Gunner), 26/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on G.82, C.38 DUISBURG, ARNHEIM, and FLUSHING, 29/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.69, Z159, M116, EVERE and WAALHAVEN, 01/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST (DNC), 04/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Thurenger Forest, Black Forest, and Woods South of Strasburg, 07/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against A.70, Essen, Black Forest and Colnac Aerodrome, M.101., 10/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Ostend Harbour and Flushing Docks, 12/09/1940 Bombing Attack on Emden and Schwerte, 14/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Antwerp and Soest, 18/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets M.480, Z.40, and Le Havre, 29/09/1940 Bombing Atacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK, 02/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116 and A.69, 28/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83., 12/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71., 14/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets G.30, CC.47, SOESTERBURG AERODROME, AND SCHIPOL, 23/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Targets M.66, M.499, BOULOGNE, BERLIN, 09/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target CC.26, 11/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Boulogne and Mannheim, 13/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target N.62, 16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.30, M.68, and Frankfurt, 16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.55, 19/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Target A.71, 22/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets D.55 and Flushing, 01/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets N.35 and D.1., 04/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61., 15/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 08/03/1941

Completed a 2nd Tour with 311 (Czech) Squadron

3rd Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with R Sawrey-Cookson’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with JFK Sandy’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
Attack Against Targets at Essen, 12/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kiel.

There are no details regarding the fate of X.3585 and her crew, all being lost without trace.

Lost without trace age 23 on the 12th of March 1942
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 114.

Tour Total – 27

 


BADER
Frederick Robert Bader, RNZAF NZ416076 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 15
total sorties undertaken 15 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with RJ Pearson’s crew as  2nd Pilot
13 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen (2nd Pilot), 07/03/1945 Attack Against Dessau (2nd Pilot), 06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen, 17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria,
20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 03/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft and the Hague, 08/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Rotterdam, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 15/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 04/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment, 28/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive,



BAGNALL
Frederick Nelson Bagnall, RNZAF NZ4216023 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 5 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with VR Egglestone’s crew as  A/B
1 Op with RN Drummond’s crew as  A/B, plus 3 Post War flights.
 Op with CR Wagstaff’s crew as  Tiger Force

Tour History
18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 27/05/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive



BAGNALL
Trevor Horace Bagnall, RNZAF NZ40640 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1, including 0 DNC (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RW Pearson’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
17/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Fallersleben (Opel Works)


Stirling Mk.I BF.396 AA-X was lost without trace and all crew presumed dead. They are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The Captain, W/C V Mitchell, DFC, RAF, was the Squadron Commander. W/O Bagnall and his crew had only arrived on the Unit a few days previously.

It is thought possible that BF.396 might have been brought down by Oblt. Werner Huseman of Stab NJG1 at 20.53, with the aircraft coming down in the North Sea approximately 5km West of Bergen aan Zee, however this has not been substantiated. (Source Aircrew Remembered http://www.aircrewremembered.com/mitchell-victor.html)

Lost without trace age 26 on the 17th of December 1942
Son of Henry Gordon Bagnall, and of Maud Janetta Bagnall (Nee Ames), of Palmerston North, Wellington, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 114.



BAIGENT
Cyril Henry Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973, 70038 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 18
total sorties undertaken 19 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 19 Ops as Pilot , including 1 DNC – 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken

Tour History
13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken (DNC), 22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden,
09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg, 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 13/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 29/04/1945 Supply Dropping in the Delf Area, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BAILEY
Alistair Francis Hargreaves Bailey, RNZAF NZ424634 – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 2 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with WK Rendell’s crew as  Wireless Operator

Tour History
28/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 29/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BAILEY
John Mathers ‘Jack / Irish’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 33
total sorties undertaken 33 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with WG Horne’s crew as  2nd Pilot
32 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
19/09/1942 Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken, 26/09/1942 Gardening off East Frisian Islands, 02/10/1942 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 05/10/1942 Attack Against Targets at Aachen, 20/11/1942 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 06/12/1942 Attack Against Targets at Manheim, 09/12/1942 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 08/01/1943 Gardening off the North Sea of Denmark, 23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 03/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 07/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 14/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 16/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 18/02/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 19/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 25/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 26/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 28/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire, 01/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 11/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 12/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 22/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire, 27/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 29/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 04/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kiel, 08/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 10/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 14/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart
16/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven, 20/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Rostock, 28/04/1943 Mining in Kiel Bay, 04/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund

2nd Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 23    
total sorties undertaken 23 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 23 Ops as  Pilot
28/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Wessling, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 16/12/1944 Attack Against Siegen, 23/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 27/12/1944 Attack Against Rheydt, 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel

Tour Total – 56

 


BAILEY
Martin Bailey, RNZAF R.119568 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with FD Higham’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
15/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 17/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Peenemunde, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg

Stirling Mk.III EE955 AA-D was brought down at Schwarzenau, 12 miles East North East of Würzburg. The circumstances are unclear as to how EE955 was brought down, although the location of the crash was some 60 miles North West of Nuremberg ground defences, suggesting the likelihood of night fighter action. All of the crew were killed and are buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, 9 miles East of Bad Tölz.

Killed age 27 on the 28th of August 1943
Son of Reuben and Elizabeth Bailey, of Stockton, Manitoba, Canada.
Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 9. C. 23.
‘Blown, golden trumpets,
Mournfully,
For all the golden youth
That’s fled’



BAILEY
Robert Bailey, RNZAF NZ429072 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2    killed on 3rd Op
total sorties undertaken 3 (67 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with M Lammas’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
26/03/1944 Attack against Targets at Courtrai, 05/04/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 23/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay

Stirling Mk.III EF137 AA-E was shot down by a night-fighter at 23:15hrs over Denmark, crashing in flames near Vemmenaes, East South East of Lundby on Tasinge Island. The aircraft broke up on impact and came to rest in shallow waters, where the bodies of all seven crew were recovered and later buried in Åbenrå cemetery.

Killed age 20 on the 23rd of April 1944
Son of Inez Bailey, and Stepson of James Freeman, of Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Aabenraa Cemetery, Denmark.
Grave location – Allied Mil. Plot.
Row 4. 6.



BAILIE
Cyril Philip Bailie, RAF 1578834/ 155786 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 16    killed on 17th Op
total sorties undertaken 17 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with WD Whitehead’s crew as  2nd Pilot
16 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
04/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund (2nd Pilot), 05/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 09/05/1943 Mining in the Ile De Re Area, 13/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bochum, 17/05/1943 Mining off the West Coast of France, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 19/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim), 24/06/1943, Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 25/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 30/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Remscheld 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg

Stirling Mk.III EH928 AA-A was intercepted and shot down by a night-fighter (Hptm Hans Johchim Jabs, IV,/NJG1) and crashed into the North Sea off Terschelling, Frisian Island. P/O Bailie is buried in Lemvig Cemetery, Denmark. All other crew members are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Killed age 21 on the 3rd of August 1943
Son of Matthias Godard Anthony and Matilda Blanche Bailie, of Allestree, Derby.
Buried Lemvig Cemetery, Denmark..
Grave location – Grave 715.
‘Sadly missed by all at home.
Allestree, Derby,
England R.I.P.’



BAIN
Andrew Bain, RAF  658930 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9    killed on 10th Op
total sorties undertaken 10 (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 10 Ops with T Fear’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
03/07/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 05/07/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 08/07/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 16/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin

Stirling Mk.III EE938 AA-X was brought down at Mahlsdorf, 7 miles East South East of Berlin. There were no survivors. All crew members, except Sgt C Munro, are buried in the Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery. The flight engineer has no known grave.

Killed age 27 on the 24th of August 1943
Son of Alexander and Helen Cumming Bain; Husband of Isabella Dougall Bain, of Burnside, Glasgow. A.C.1.I.
Buried Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 4. K. 13.

 


BAIN
David Percy Bain, RAF NZ415814 – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 25
total sorties undertaken 25 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 25 Ops with JM Mee’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
25/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 19/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim), 24/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 03/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 13/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at  Aachen, 30/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Remscheld, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 16/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne, 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 03/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 04/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt



BAIN
Francis George Levett Bain, RAF 28259 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11
total sorties undertaken 11 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 11 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
02/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116 and A.69, 05/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets at ROTTERDAM and FLUSHING, 08/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, Marshalling Yards Gremburg and Cologne, 10/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.68, A.28, A.71, and Eindhoven Aerodrome, 16/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.3 at KIEL, 08/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.487 and A.70, 12/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71., 06/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Area 1, Area 2, Area 3., 11/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Boulogne and Mannheim, 13/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target N.62, 04/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61.



BAIN
Sinclair Archibald ‘Archie’ Bain, RNZAF NZ415983 – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 26
total sorties undertaken 26 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 26 Ops with HC Yates’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
09/08/1944 Attack Against Fort D’Anglos, 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel , 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre , 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville , 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers , 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen , 26/10/1944 Attack Against Leverkusen, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 06/11/1944 Attack Against Coblenz, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards



BAINES
E.P. Baines, RAF 1880749 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 27
total sorties undertaken 29 (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 27 Ops with ED O’Callaghan’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 2 DNC – 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier, 17/07/1944  Attack Against Vaires
1 Op with LM O’Connor’s crew as  Mu/Gnr
1 Op with JA Flemming’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes), 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier (DNC), 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 17/07/1944  Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel (LM O’Connor), 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart (JA Fleming), 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens (logbook of AD McKenzie lists this a/c), 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 29/08/1944 Mining in the Gulf of Danzig, 03/09/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrom At Eindhoven, 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville , 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers , 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt , 14/09/1944 Attack Against Waasenaar, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg



BAINES
Jeffery Baines, RNZAF NZ414577 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 24
total sorties undertaken 24 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 24 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 27/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 11/11/1944 Attack Against Castrop Rauxel, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg



BAIRD
Alexander Hugh Baird, RAAF AUS.414636 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4
total sorties undertaken 4 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with EF Witting’s crew as  2nd Pilot
3 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (2nd Pilot), 25/11/1943 Mining in the Bay of Biscay, 20/12/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/12/1943 Mining in the Bay of Biscay



BAITTLE
Horace David Baittle, RCAF R.79439 – Observer   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with SBT Davis’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
28/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg

Wellington Mk.III BJ.673 was brought down at about 23:15hrs, 10 miles West of St Niklaas (13miles South West of Antwerp), Belgium. There were no survivors. The time and position of the crash, proximity from base and known strategies of enemy night-fighters in this area, indicates a strong possibility that the aircraft was shot down while en route to the target. The bodies were first buried in the Moerbeke Cemetery but were later reinterred in the Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem.

Killed age 19 on the 29th of August 1942
Buried Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – XII. E. 8.

 


BAKER
Arthur Donald Baker, RNZAF NZ4214043 – Navigator   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1  shot down on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with AE Brown’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct

Little is known of the circumstances that led to the aircraft being brought down near Dusseldorf, although flak damage was considered to be the main cause. All crew except Sgt Atkin, the Rear Gunner, died and were initially buried in the Dusseldorf Cemetery. Sgt Atkin escaped with slight injuries and was taken prisoner.

P.o.W Number: 25659
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft. StalagVIIIB/344.Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: 22nd of April 1945.



BAKER
Bernard Charles Baker, RNZAF NZ425447 – Air Bomber   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1  shot down on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with GA Brunton’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne

Lancaster Mk.I HK567 AA – C crashed in the target area, having been attacked by a JU.88. The crew were unable to extinguish the starboard outer engine which had been set alight as a result of the attack. At his point, F/O Brunton, the Pilot, gave the order to abandon the aircraft.

The two RAF Air Gunners did not survive the crash and were buried in the St-Valery-en-Caux Cemetery. All the remaining five crew survived and 4 successfully evaded capture.

P.o.W Number: 86437
P.o.W Camps: Stalags XIIA and Luft I
Returned to the United Kingdom: 14th of May 1945.



BAKER
Colin Roy Baker, RNZAF NZ42999 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31
total sorties undertaken 32 (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with AR Spiers’s crew as  2nd Pilot
31 Ops as Pilot , including 1 DNC – 13/03/1944 Mining off Brest

Tour History
18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (2nd Pilot),  25/11/1943 Mining in the Bay of Biscay, 16/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target, 22/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target, 04/01/1944 Mining North of Biarritz, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of River Ardour, 20/02/1944 Mining off Morlaix, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 6 (SUCCESSFUL), 13/03/1944 Mining off Brest (DNC), 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens, 20/04/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 03/06/1944 Attack Against Calais, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg



BAKER
Dennis Cygent  Baker, RAF  – Flight Engineer   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1  shot down on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 3 (33 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with A Scott’s crew as  F/E, including 1 DNC – 29/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin

Tour History
22/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 29/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin (DNC), 02/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt

Stirling Mk.I BK.618 AA-Q was shot down by two enemy night-fighters 10 minutes after bombing the target, Frankfurt. The aircraft crashed in flames at Ida Oberstein, approximately 55 miles South West of the target. Five crew members parachuted to safety and were taken as prisoners. The Pilot and Mid-Upper Gunner died in the crash and were buried at Rheinberg, 10 miles South of Wesel.

P.o.W Number: 905
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft 1 and Luft VI/357. Promoted to F/Sgt whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known.



BAKER
Henry George Baker, RAF 1814627 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 21    killed on 22nd Op
total sorties undertaken 22 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 22 Ops with RS Barker’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux (R/Gnr), 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 22/07/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 12/08/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim

Lancaster Mk.I LL866 AA-S “Swingtime” was brought down over Germany, crashing near Untereisesheim, about a mile North of Heilbronn. There were no survivors. All of the crew were buried in the Durnbach War Cemetery.

Killed age 19 on the 26th of August 1944
Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 5. H. 12.



BAKER
Hugh Lincoln Baker, RNZAF NZ427244 – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 8 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with JC Westbrooke’s crew as  W/Op plus 6 Post War flights
 Op with IS CarolW/Op’s crew as  , plus 1 Post War flights.
 Op as Pilot , plus 1 Post War flights

Tour History
09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 09/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War, 12/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 23/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 14/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 29/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BAKER
James Guthrie Baker, RNZAF NZ41142 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6    killed on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 7 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 6 Ops with KA McGregor’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with M Wyatt’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
06/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 16/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin (M. Wyatt), 22/08/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin

Stirling Mk.III EF501 AA-K was shot down by a night-fighter SW of Berlin, crashing at Potsdam. All crew except the flight engineer and mid upper gunner were killed and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The two survivors, Sgt Bond and Sgt Dummett, were captured as POW’s.

Lost without trace age 27 on the 1st of September 1943
Son of Henry and Charlotte Baker; Husband of Ellen Baker, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 198.



BAKER
Phillip Baden Baker, RNZAF  NZ416976 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 30 (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 30 Ops with DP Leadley’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer

Tour History
21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 26/10/1944 Attack Against Leverkusen, 29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Wessling, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Bottrop, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 06/11/1944 Attack Against Coblenz, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 06/12/1944 Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery, 12/12/1944 Attack Against Witten, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 23/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 27/12/1944 Attack Against Rheydt, 28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne, 31/12/1944 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 01/01/1945 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 03/01/1945 Attack Against Dortmund Oil Refinery, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer (DNC), 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach



BAKER
Robert Charles Baker, RAF 1624103 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 21    killed on 22nd Op
total sorties undertaken 23 (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 19 Ops with KO Whitehouse’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier
4 Ops with DGG Horgan’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
22/04/1944 Attack Against Dusseldor f(DGG Horgan), 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen (KO Whitehouse), 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 30/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier (DNC), 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart

Lancaster Mk.I HK568 AA-K was brought down at 02.10hrs by an enemy fighter near the French/German border, on the northern outskirts of Strasbourg. All crew members were killed. They are buried in a collective grave in the French National Cemetery, at Chronenbourg.

Killed age 21 on the 25th of July 1944
Buried Cronenbourg French National (Mixed) Cemetery, Strasbourg, France..
Grave location – L. 9. Coll. grave 5-11.  



BAKER
Ronald Thomas Baker, RNZAF NZ4211681 – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31
total sorties undertaken 31 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 30 Ops with DA Gawith’s crew as  Nav
1 Op with RJA Leslie’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre , 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre , 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville , 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt , 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne , 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais , 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss , 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken (RJA Leslie), 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 15/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 26/10/1944 Attack Against Leverkusen, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 06/12/1944 Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery



BAKER
Thomas Henry William Baker, RAF 107286 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with A Ashworth’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with GEF Bradey’s crew as  2nd Pilot
 Op with GEF Bradey’s crew as  2nd pilot

Tour History
04/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (2nd Pilot), 06/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg (2nd Pilot), 09/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck (2nd Pilot), 11/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Mainz (2nd Pilot)

On the 12th of August 1942 Wellington Mk.III X3646 crashed into the North Sea. Piloting the aircraft that night was George Edward Francis Bradey, who had earlier been severely wounded in the abdomen by flak, whilst attacking the target of Mainz with 8 other aircraft from 75(NZ) Squadron RAF.

The aircraft was struck by flak on the return flight, severely wounding the Captain in the abdomen. He was able to keep the aircraft on a westerly course till they were over the Dutch coast. A descent was made to 2,000ft and the crew was ordered to bale out but soon after, the aircraft ditched in the sea.

The remaining details of the incident do not seem that clear. Of the crew of 6, 5 were killed. The only survivor being the Rear Gunner Sgt. J. E. London, who was captured and spent the remainder of the War as a Prisoner.

Of the remaining 5 airmen who were killed, Pilot Officer George Bradey, Squadron Leader Ronald Ernest Kimber, the Navigator, Flight Sergeant Arden Ivan Ellis, Wireless Operator and Front Gunner, Flight Sergeant Cyril Vincent Green have no known resting place and are remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.

Perhaps strangely in this case then, the body of 2nd Pilot Flying Officer Thomas Henry William Baker was recovered and now lays in Wilmslow Cemetery .

Killed age 26 on the 11th of August 1942
Son of Matthew Botham Baker and Edith May Baker, Husband of Elizabeth Montgomery Baker, of Cheadle.
Buried Wilmslow Cemetery, Cheshire, England..
Grave location – Sec. A. Grave 128.
‘I am He that liveth,
And was dead;
And, behold, I am alive
For evermore
Rev.I.18’



BAKER
? Baker, RAF      
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 8
total sorties undertaken 8 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with GS Nunn’s crew as  F/Gnr
3 Ops with Spencer’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
20/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend, 26/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden, 29/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Genoa and Frankfurt, 30/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Stettin and Hamburg, 10/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 06/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre (Spence), 23/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk, 26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend



BALL
Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 26
total sorties undertaken 28 (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 28 Ops with EC Ball’s crew as  Pilot, including 2 DNC – 15/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Le Havre and Dortmund, 16/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen

Tour History
05/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Cologne, 09/04/1942 Operations – Daylight Attack on Essen, 12/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at LeHavre and Essen, 14/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Dortmund and Le Havre, 15/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Le Havre and Dortmund (DNC), 17/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 22/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 23/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Rostock, 25/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Rostock and Dunkirk, 27/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne and Mine Laying off Heligoland, 29/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Gennevilliers, 02/05/1942 Gardening – St. Nazaire, 06/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart, 07/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay, 15/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay, 19/05/1942 Attacks Against Mannheim and St. Nazaire, 30/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 01/06/1942 Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 02/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 05/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 06/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 08/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 16/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (DNC), 17/06/1942 Mine-Laying off Frisian Islands, 19/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 20/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 23/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire and (Gardening), 29/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen



BALL
Frank Ball, RAF  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 32
total sorties undertaken 32 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 32 Ops with CA Megson’s crew as  R/Gnr & Mu/Gnr

Tour History
25/03/1944 Attack Against targets at Aulneye (R/Gnr), 26/03/1944 Attack against Targets at Courtrai (R/Gnr),30/03/1944 Mining off Le Havre (R/Gnr), 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Bois Des Jardine, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 22/07/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart



BALLARD
William John Scott Ballard, RAF 1853215 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 25  shot down on 26th Op
total sorties undertaken 28 (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 28 Ops with HE Gilmour’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 2 DNC – 20/04/1944 Mining in the Brest Estuary, 17/07/1944 Attack Against

Tour History
20/04/1944 Mining in the Brest Estuary (DNC), 22/04/1944 Attack Against Laon, 23/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 30/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg

Lancaster Mk.III ND915 AA-A was brought down by an enemy night-fighter at 01:35hrs between Keldost (Noord-Brabant) and Erp, 3 miles South East of Veghel. Five of the seven crew died and two, the Navigator and Mid UJpper Gunner, escaped uninjured only to be taken as prisoners.
The RAF Rear Gunner, Sgt Stevenson, at 18 years of age was one of the youngest airmen killed while flying with Bomber Command during 1944.

P.o.W Number: 602
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII.
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known.



BALLINGALL
Alexander Stewart Ballingall, RNZAF NZ2286 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0
total sorties undertaken 6 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op as Pilot , including 1 DNC – NO OPS JUST PW SORTIES, plus 5 Post War flights

Tour History
10/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 12/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 26/05/1945 Repatriation of Belgian Refugees to Brussells and Exprisoners of War to England, 22/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BAMFORTH
William Bamforth, RAF 1729043 – Flight Engineer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4
total sorties undertaken 9 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with IS Carroll’s crew as  F/E plus 5 Post War flights

Tour History
18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 05/05/1945 Supply Dropping at the Hague, 23/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 28/05/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive



BANCROFT
Ernest Alfred ‘Buster’ Bancroft, RNZAF NZ433220 – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3
total sorties undertaken 7 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  Nav
2 Ops with PL Trevarthen’s crew as  Nv, plus 4 Post War flights.

Tour History
04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg, 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 05/05/1945 Supply Dropping at the Hague, 10/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 12/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 25/05/1945 Repatriation of Belgian Refugees



BANDY
Frederick Alexander Bandy, RAF 1318948 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 8    killed on 9th Op
total sorties undertaken 9 (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 6 Ops with RF Bennett’s crew as  A/B
1 Op with KF Debenham’s crew as  A/B
2 Ops with DG McCaskill’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
01/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 03/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 08/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 22/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire (KF Debenham), 28/03/1943 St. Nazaire (DG McCaskill), 08/04/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary (DG McCaskill), 23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 25/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal

Stirling Mk.III BK776 AA-R was brought down at Odenspiel, 12 miles West North West of Siegen (about 35 miles South East of the target). Only the Flight Engineer, Navigator and Rear Gunner survived but were taken as P.o.W’s. The Captain, P/O Bennett, is now at rest in Rheinberg War Cemetery while the four other deceased were reinterred in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

Killed age 23 on the 30th of May 1943
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 31. B. 15-17.



BANFIELD
Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 20
total sorties undertaken 21 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 16 Ops with MH Hankins’s crew as  Obs, including 1 DNC – 01/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets N.35 and D.1.(
4 Ops with CK Saxelby’s crew as  Obs
1 Op with JK Collins’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
20/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Enemy Territory, 26/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Le Havre, 08/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, Marshalling Yards Gremburg and Cologne, 14/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.76 and CC.24., 16/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.3 at KIEL, 21/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.2 and A.28, 25/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets B.8, D.1, and AERODROME at BRUSSELS, 28/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83., 08/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.487 and A.70, 16/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.248, M.245, SOESTERBURG, and SCHIPOL AERODROME, 23/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Targets M.66, M.499, BOULOGNE, BERLIN, 26/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.501, B.51, M.138, 29/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.138 and M.66, 09/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target CC.26, 13/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target N.62, 16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.55, 01/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets N.35 and D.1.(DNC), 11/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Turin and Wilhelmshaven, 15/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 22/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 10/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam, 23/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Boulogne



BANGS
Archibald Robert Bangs, RAF 1891699 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with RE Martin’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
21/09/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover

Stirling Mk.III EF515 AA-F was brought down, probably by enemy night-fighter action, in the vicinity of Haverbeck-Hamelin. The pilot succeeded in making a crash landing, allowing all but one of the crew to escape uninjured. The mid-upper gunner, Sgt A R Bangs, did not survive the crash and was buried in Hannover War Cemetery. The remaining crew were captured as P.o.W’s.

Killed age 19 on the 27th of September 1943
Son of Harry and Florence Bangs, of Kingston-On-Thames, Surrey.
Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 3. E. 18.
‘Deep in our hearts
Your memory is kept
We who loved you
Can never forget”.



BANKS
? Banks, RAF   
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 28 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 28 Ops with GN Parker’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
31/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Agianst Rotterdam, 03/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Agianst Brest, 06/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Agianst Brest, 07/04/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel, 09/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin, 14/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Brest
16/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Bremen, 24/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel, 02/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden, 04/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 08/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 09/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 17/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne, 23/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 27/05/1941 Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser, 10/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 12/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamm, 16/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 18/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 21/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk, 24/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf, 03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 07/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster, 10/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 13/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen, 15/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg, 06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais, 08/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg


BANKS
J. Banks, RAF  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0
total sorties undertaken 4 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with EC Munt’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 1 DNC – NO OPS ALL POST WAR SORTIES plus 3 Post War flights

Tour History
30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 16/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BANKS
Lawrence William Edwin Banks, RAF 1315127 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 26
total sorties undertaken 26 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 26 Ops with GS Phillips’s crew as  Mu/Gnr & R/Gnr

Tour History
05/06/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands (R/Gnr), 14/06/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim), 13/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at  Aachen, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 30/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Remscheld, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim , 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne, 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 03/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 04/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 08/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bremen



BANKS
Russell Ashley Banks, RNZAF NZ416437 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14
total sorties undertaken 22 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  2nd Pilot
13 Ops as Pilot , plus 8 Post War flights

Tour History
13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden (2nd Pilot), 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz, 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 28/02/1945 Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen), 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 12/03/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte, 18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 09/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel
22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 29/04/1945 Supply Dropping in the Delf Area, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 03/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft and the Hague, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 09/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 14/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 05/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive



BANNAN
Alfred Thomas Bannan, RNZAF NZ425760 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 35
total sorties undertaken 35 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RJA Leslie’s crew as  Mu/Gnr
34 Ops with ME Dare’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux RJA Leslie), 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin , 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 31/08/1944 Attack Against Pont Reny , 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne , 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais , 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich , 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 06/11/1944 Attack Against Coblenz, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg



BANTING
Peter Banting, RAF 1399810 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 18
total sorties undertaken 18 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  A/B
17 Ops with KJ Rothwell’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 03/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 20/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 04/03/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen, 07/03/1945 Attack Against Dessau, 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen



BARCLAY
Thomas Smith Barclay, RNZAF NZ411358 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6    killed on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 7 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with IJ McLachlan’s crew as  2nd Pilot
2 Ops with PJ Wilson’s crew as  2nd Pilot
4 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
08/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Wilhemshaven (2nd Pilot with IJ McLachlan), 21/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg (2nd Pilot with PJ Wilson), 23/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg (2nd Pilot with PJ Wilson), 29/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken, 31/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 06/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 11/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Mainz

Little is known of the circumstances that led to the aircraft being brought down near Dusseldorf, although flak damage was considered to be the main cause. All crew except Sgt Atkin, the Rear Gunner, died.and were initially buried in the Dusseldorf Cemetery. Sgt Atkin escaped with slight injuries and was taken prisoner.

Killed age 22 on the 12th of August 1942
Son of Thomas Young Barclay, and of Janet Barclay (nee Smith), of Pelaw, Co. Durham, England; stepson of Olive Mary Barclay.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 9. H. 4.



BARCLAY
William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 25
total sorties undertaken 25 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 25 Ops with RSD Kearns’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
25/06/1942 Attack on Targets at Bremen, 28/06/1942 Attack Against St. Nazaire and Bremen, 29/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 02/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 07/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Frisian Islands (Gardening), 08/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Wilhemshaven, 10/07/1942 Daylight Sortie Against Dusseldorf, 13/07/1942 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/07/1942 Attack Against Targets Near Terschelling (Gardening), 23/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 25/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 26/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 28/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken, 31/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 04/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 06/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 09/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck, 11/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Mainz, 12/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Mainz, 17/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck, 24/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 27/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 28/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg, 01/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken



BARDSLEY
Milton Edwin Bardsley, RNZAF NZ43211 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 2 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with Ch Baigent’s crew as  Mu/Gnr
0 Op with ER Plowman’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, plus 1 Post War flights.

Tour History
22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam



BARKER
Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31
total sorties undertaken 31 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with IR Mezies’s crew as  W/Op
2 Ops with CAG McKenzie’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with FE Stott’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with CA Megson’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with WJ Willis’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with D Warren’s crew as  W/Op
21 Ops with 1 Op with TG Buckley, 4 Op with FE Stott, 1 Op with CE Armstrong, 15 Ops with FC Fox’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
02/09/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands (IR Menzies), 03/09/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary (IR Menzies), 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (IR Menzies), 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne (IR Menzies), 29/12/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands (CAG McKenzie), 03/02/1944 Mining in St. Malo (CAG McKenzie),
25/03/1944 Attack Against targets at Aulneye (FE Stott), 30/03/1944 Mining off Le Havre (CA Megson), 22/04/1944 Attack Against Dusseldorf (WJ Willis), 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe (Derek Warren), 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen (TG Buckley), 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly (FE Stott), 07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome (FE Stott), 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez (FE Stott), 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai (CE Armstrong), 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain (FE Stott), 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund (FC Fox), 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen (FC Fox), 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen (FC Fox), 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers (FC Fox), 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes (FC Fox), 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes (FC Fox), 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger (FC Fox), 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey (FC Fox), 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux (FC Fox), 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage (FC Fox), 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten (FC Fox), 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (FC Fox), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye (FC Fox), 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart (FC Fox), 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart (FC Fox),



BARKER
Richard Charlwod Barker, RAF 1006997 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11    killed on 12th Op
total sorties undertaken 12 (92 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with IO Breckon’s crew as  2nd Pilot
8 Ops with RW Bray’s crew as  2nd Pilot
2 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais, 08/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne, 29/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls, 08/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel, 11/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 13/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 15/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Genoa and Frankfurt, 03/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk, 15/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne

The first of the two 75(NZ) Squadron Wellingtons lost this night was Wellington Mk.Ic W.5663 AA-O, which crashed to the North of Dusseldorf, possibly as a result of night fighter action – they were known to be operating in that area; accounting for the loss of 57 Squadron’s Wellington, shot down. The two Air Gunners, Cole and Stephenson, survived the impact and were taken Prisoners of War. The other four crew were all killed. They were buried in the Nord Friedhof. At the end of hostilities their remains were disinterred and taken to the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

Killed age 20 on the 15th of October 1941
Son of George Guyse Barker and Annie Barker, of Deganwy, Caernarvonshire.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 11. B. 1-4.



BARKER
Richard Stockdale Barker, RNZAF NZ421345 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 22    killed on 23rd Op
total sorties undertaken 23 (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 23 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 22/07/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 12/08/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim

Lancaster Mk.I LL866 AA-S “Swingtime” was brought down over Germany, crashing near Untereisesheim, about a mile North of Heilbronn. There were no survivors. All of the crew were buried in the Durnbach War Cemetery.

Killed age 28 on the 26th of August 1944
Son of Arthur Barker and of Rebecca Barker (Nee Bailey).
Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 5. H. 15.



BARKER
William ‘Bill’ Barker, RAF  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 30 (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 30 Ops with AD MacKenzie’s crew as  Mu/Gnr & R/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier

Tour History
18/04/1944 Attack Against Rouen (MU/Gnr), 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier (DNC), 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Bois Des Jardine, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens



BARKER
William John Barker, RAF 1378561 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with JE Johnson’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9767 AA-S was intercepted by a German night fighter (flown by Oblt Emil Woltersdorft, Unit 111, NJG1) over Holland. The Wellington crashed into the sea at 00.11hrs near Borculo (Gelderland) South East of Lochem, Holland. None of the crew survived. Their bodies were subsequently recovered and later buried at Borculo General Cemetery.

Killed age 33 on the 6th of September 1941
Son of George Henry and Maud Barker; Husband of Mary Barker, of North Kensington, London.
Buried Borculo General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot U. Coll. grave 1-5.
‘In loving memory of William’



BARKHOUSE
Donald Frederick Barkhouse, RCAF R.65416 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11    killed on 12th Op
total sorties undertaken 12 (92 % completion rate)

Undertook 12 Ops with JA Matetich’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais, 08/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 12/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Le Havre, 14/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 17/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg, 26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne, 29/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 02/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt, 06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls, 17/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Karlsruhe, 20/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend, 15/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9916 was lost over Cologne.The circumstances are unclear as to what caused the aircraft to crash. All the crew were killed and later buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

Killed age 20 on the 15th of October 1941
Son of Robert Mcdonald Barkhouse and Anna Grace Barkhouse, of Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 1. C. 2.
‘The souls of the righteous
Are in the hand of God,
… they are in peace’



BARNBROOK
William ‘Bill’ Barnbrook, RAF 1590647 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7
total sorties undertaken 14 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with AR Baynes’s crew as  Mu/Gnr plus 7 Post War flights

Tour History
14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 02/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 14/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 22/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BARNES
A. Barnes, RAF  – Flight Engineer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 30
total sorties undertaken 32 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 32 Ops with JD Lethbridge’s crew as  F/E, including 2 DNC – 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
24/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 30/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 03/06/1944 Attack Against Calais, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier (DNC), 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Bois Des Jardine, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam
04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes (a/c listed actually recorded in logbook of AD McKenzie), 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 09/08/1944 Attack Against Fort D’Anglos, 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 12/08/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin , 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen



BARNES
James George Barnes, RNZAF NZ405362 – Air Bomber   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4  shot down on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with HJ Hugill’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
30/09/1942 Operations. Gardening off Terschelling, 02/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 05/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Aachen, 23/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Genoa, 24/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Milan

Wellington Mk.III Z.1652 was shot down over France, crashing at Ville-aur-Retourne (Ardennes) on the south bank of the River Retourne, 13 miles South South East of Rathel. The Pilot and the Navigator were both killed and were buried in the Ville-sur-Retourne churchyard.
Sgt’s Worsdale, Newbold and Barnes survived. The first two evaded capture but Barnes was taken prisoner.

P.o.W Number: 803
P.o.W Camps: not known – Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: 16th of May 1945.



BARNES
R. Barnes, RAF  – Flight Engineer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7
total sorties undertaken 16 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with AH McLeod’s crew as  F/E plus 9 Post War flights

Tour History
18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 13/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 03/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft and the Hague, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 15/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 26/05/1945 Repatriation of Belgian Refugees to Brussells and Exprisoners of War to England, 31/05/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 24/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive



BARNES
Raymond James Barnes, RCAF R.87330 – Navigator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11    killed on 12th Op
total sorties undertaken 12 (92 % completion rate)

Undertook 12 Ops with KF Debenham’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
26/02/1943, Mining off the Frisian Islands, 27/02/1943, Mining off the Frisian Islands, 03/03/1943, Mining off the Frisian Islands, 09/03/1943, Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 11/03/1943, Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 12/03/1943, Attack Against Targets at Essen, 22/03/1943, Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire, 27/03/1943, Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 29/03/1943, Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 04/04/1943, Attack Against Targets at Kiel, 14/04/1943, Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 16/04/1943, Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven

t/o 2217 Newmarket. Crashed at Katzenbach. Those who died are buried in Rheinberg Cemetery.

The circumstances surrounding the loss of Stirling Mk.I W7469 AA-O are unclear. It crashed at Katzenbach, south of Frankfurt, and all but the Flight Engineer, Sgt Wainwright, were killed. The sole survivor was listed as a P.o.W, suggesting he either baled out or escaped from the wrecked aircraft and was captured. The crew members who died are buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery, south of Wesel.

Killed age 26 on the 16th of April 1943
Son of Edward Wilson Barnes and Millicent Kate Barnes, of Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 20. A. 13-14.
‘Rest in peace’    


BARNETT
Dennis Chadwick Barnett, RAF 581260, 45584 – Observer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 32
total sorties undertaken 32 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 13 Ops with DH McArthur’s crew as  Obs
14 Ops with MH McaFrland’s crew as  Obs
1 Op with Neate’s crew as  Obs
1 Op with PGF Fletcher’s crew as  Obs
1 Op with H Anderson’s crew as  Obs
1 Op with JRF Brookes’s crew as  Obs
1 Op with R Sawrey-Cookson’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
29/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.69, Z159, M116, EVERE and WAALHAVEN (DH McArthur), 01/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST, 04/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Thurenger Forest, Black Forest, and Woods South of Strasburg, 07/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against A.70, Essen, Black Forest and Colnac Aerodrome, M.101., 10/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Ostend Harbour and Flushing Docks, 12/09/1940 Bombing Attack on Emden and Schwerte, 14/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Antwerp and Soest, 18/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets M.480, Z.40, and Le Havre, 20/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Enemy Territory, 23/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Berlin, Le Havre and Hamburg, 29/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK, 02/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116 and A.69, 10/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.68, A.28, A.71, and Eindhoven Aerodrome (DH McArthur), 28/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83. (MH MacFarlane), 08/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.487 and A.70, 11/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Target A.70 and A.71., 12/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71., 23/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Targets M.66, M.499, BOULOGNE, BERLIN, 26/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.501, B.51, M.138 (MH Macfarlane), 22/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets D.55 and Flushing (Neate), 04/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61. (MH MacFarlane), 08/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on TargetsDon.192, D.197. and Wilhelmshaven, 15/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 27/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Hanover, 10/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam, 14/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 26/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 01/03/1941 Bombing Attacks on Cologne, 03/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne (MH MacFarlane), 11/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf and Boulogne (PGF Fletcher), 24/07/1941 Daylight Attacks Against Battleship Gneisenau at Brest (HA Roberts), 20/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend (JRF Brookes), 17/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Le Havre (R Sawrey-Cookson),



BARNETT
? Barnett , RAF  –   
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3
total sorties undertaken 3 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RP Widdowson’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with TJW Williams’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with Talbot’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
14/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls, 13/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest



BARR
Derek Singleton Barr, RAF 1394583, 190947 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11    killed on 12th Op
total sorties undertaken 15 (73 % completion rate)

Undertook 15 Ops as Pilot , including 3 DNC –

Tour History
22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen (DNC), 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne (DNC), 04/03/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel (DNC), 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln, 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 12/03/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte, 18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct

Lancaster Mk.I RA564 JN-P was bombing the target at Munster when it was struck by a bomb falling from another aircraft flying above, which exploded. There were no survivors. Only the body of the rear gunner was found and buried at Margraten, Holland. The other crew members have no known graves.

Lost without trace age 29 on the 21st of March 1945
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 266.



BARRACLOUGH
Harry Barraclough, RAF 1590144 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1  shot down on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with AE Brown’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct

Lancaster Mk.III LM733 AA – R, was bombing the target at Munster when it was seen to break into two sections and enter a downward spiral before crashing in flames among trees near Coesfeld at 13:30hrs. The cause of the catastrophic damage was thought to be a combination of flak damage and being struck by a bomb from another 3 Group aircraft flying above. Two crew, the pilot and air bomber, were killed and later buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. The other five crew parachuted to safety and were captured as POW’s.

P.o.W Number: not known
P.o.W Camps: not known
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known



BARRETT
Leonard Charles Barrett, RAF 1467119 – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 2 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with AM Cook’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
02/01/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 06/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary



BARSON
Jack Frank MacDonald Barson, RAF 1324529 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 8    killed on 9th Op
total sorties undertaken 9 (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 9 Ops with GB Roche’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Bois Des Jardine, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg

Lancaster Mk.I ME752 AA-E was brought down by a night-fighter at 01:15hrs at Heythuysen in the Dutch province of Limburg, 7 miles East of Weert. All crew members, except the Air Bomber and Mid-Upper Gunner, died in the crash and were first buried in the Heythuysen cemetery but are now lying in Jonkerbos War Cemetery.

Killed age 21 on the 21st of July 1944
Son of Louisa Ann Barson, of Ilford, Essex.
Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.
Grave location – 12. J. 4.
‘He has out soared
The shadow of our night;
Envy and calumny
And hate and pain’



BARTLETT
Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 21
total sorties undertaken 21 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 21 Ops with RO French’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
03/03/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 09/03/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 11/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 12/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 22/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire, 27/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 29/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 14/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 20/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Rostock, 22/04/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 26/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 28/04/1943 Mining in Kiel Bay, 04/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 12/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 13/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bochum, 23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 25/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 19/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 25/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen

2nd Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 24
total sorties undertaken 24 (24 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with FC Wood’s crew as  F/E
23 Ops with JM Bailey’s crew as  F/E
19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Wessling, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 16/12/1944 Attack Against Siegen, 23/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 27/12/1944 Attack Against Rheydt, 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel

Tour Total – 45


BARTON
Alan Roy Bidwell Barton, RNZAF NZ413930 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 30
total sorties undertaken 30 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with AC Baxter’s crew as  2nd Pilot
29 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg (2nd Pilot), 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 22/10/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 06/12/1944 Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery, 16/12/1944 Attack Against Siegen, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 23/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne, 29/12/1944 Attack Against Coblenz (Lutzel Marshalling Yard), 31/12/1944 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 02/01/1945 Attack Against Nurnburg, 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss



BARTON
Arthur James Douglas Barton, RNZAF NZ413700 – Navigator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RE Redding’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
05/02/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands

t/o 1943 Newmarket for mine laying duties off the Frisians. Outbound, caught fire in the air at 1,500 ft and dived into the sea some 2 miles off Cromer, Norfolk. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

At 19.42hrs – 1hr 32mins after take-off – the crew of the third aircraft, Stirling Mk.I BK617 AA-D, despatched a signal to base indicating they had a further message to report, but none was received. It was later reported that the aircraft was seen to crash in flames just off Cromer, on the Norfolk Coast, on track for base. Nothing further was heard of the crew or the aircraft, although a thorough search was conducted by the Air Sea Rescue service. The circumstances seemed to indicate the likelihood of a catastrophic on-board fire resulting from a possible enemy air attack about 50miles from the SW end of the Frisian Islands, necessitating an emergency return to base.

Lost without trace age 23 on the 5th of February 1943
Son of Richard John and Georgina Barton, of Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 198.



BARTON
Benjamin Charles ‘Ben’ Barton, RAF 624014/ 56702 – Flight Engineer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31
total sorties undertaken 32, including 1 DNC (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 32 Ops with MA Kilpatrick’s crew as  F/E, including 1 DNC – 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne

Tour History
28/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Wessling, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Bottrop, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 06/11/1944 Attack Against Coblenz, 11/11/1944 Attack Against Castrop Rauxel, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund
16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 06/12/1944 Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 06/01/1945 Mining off Pilau, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 28/02/1945 Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen), 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne (DNC), 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen, 09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln, 23/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter



BASTABLE
F. Bastable, RAF  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7
total sorties undertaken 16 & 9 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with AH McLeod’s crew as  R/Gnr plus 9 Post War flights

Tour History
18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 13/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 03/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft and the Hague, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 15/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 26/05/1945 Repatriation of Belgian Refugees to Brussells and Exprisoners of War to England, 31/05/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 24/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive



BATEMAN
John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 29 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with SF Fauvell’s crew as  2nd Pilot
28 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
22/04/1944 Attack Against Dusseldorf (2nd Pilot), 21/03/1944 Mining off Cherbourg, 22/03/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 09/08/1944 Attack Against Fort D’Anglos, 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 12/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin , 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre , 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers , 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen , 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt , 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais , 29/09/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke , 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg



BATES
Colin Frank Bates, RAF 1819553 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 16
total sorties undertaken 16 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 16 Ops with LT Friedrich’s crew as  Mu/Gnr & R/Gnr

Tour History
03/09/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrom At Eindhoven, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre , 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville, 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 29/09/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 15/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg



BATES
E. Bates, RAF  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 27
total sorties undertaken 27 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 24 Ops with J Baines’s crew as  R/Gnr
3 Ops with R Wynn’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 27/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 11/11/1944 Attack Against Castrop Rauxel, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden



BATES
George Bernard Bates, RAF 655335, 159429 – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 25
total sorties undertaken 25 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 25 Ops with PA Miles’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
03/07/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 05/07/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 08/07/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 30/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Remscheld, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 17/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Peenemunde, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim , 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 04/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 08/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen, 01/12/1943 Mining off the East Coast of Denmark



BATES
W. Bates, RAF  – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7
total sorties undertaken 13, including 1 DNC & 5 post war flights. (88 % completion rate)

Undertook 8 Ops with AF Woodcock’s crew as  W/Op, including 1 DNC – 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne (DNC),,  plus 5 Post War flights

Tour History
22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 28/02/1945 Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen), 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne (DNC),, 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 15/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 30/05/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive



BATESON
Benjamim William Bateson, RNZAF NZ424788 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 8    killed on 9th Op
total sorties undertaken 9 (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 9 Ops as Pilot
 Op with R Millar’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 03/06/1944 Attack Against Calais, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux

Lancaster Mk.III ND920 AA-P was shot down by a German night-fighter near Fruges (Pas-de-Calais), 27 mils South East of Boulogne, probably while en route to attack a V1 flying-bomb site at Rimeaux. According to local eye witnesses of the crash, the plane exploded on impact, and buried itself in a deep crater, all the members of the crew being instantly killed, such remains as were recovered were buried by French civillians in Grave No.7 in the Fruges Communal Cemetery.

Killed age 22 on the 25th of June 1944
Son of Benjamin and Ethel May Bateson, of Auckland City, New Zealand.
Buried Fruges Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 7. 7



BATGER
Warwick Harold Batger, RNZAF NZ421003 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11
total sorties undertaken 13 & 2 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with HC Willaims’s crew as  2nd pilot
 Op with JL Mitchell’s crew as  2nd Pilot
10 Ops as Pilot , plus 2 Post War flights

Tour History
Targets at Hamburg (2nd Pilot), 06/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 17/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Peenemunde, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne, 18/09/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 18/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BATTEN
Hector Austin Charles Batten, RAF 61948 – Observer   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with DM Johmson’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
30/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne

A ‘borrowed’ Wellington Mk IA, T2894, from Central Gunnery School, Sutton Bridge, was shot down by a night-fighter over Holland.

The only survivor was the rear gunner, who was taken prisoner of war. All other crew members died.

Killed age 23 on the 31st of May 1942
Buried Apeldoorn (Ugchelen-Heidehof) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 4. Grave 138.



BATTERSBY
James Samuel Battersby, RNZAF NZ405069 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 8
total sorties undertaken 8, including 0 DNC (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with WD Whitehead’s crew as  2nd pilot
1 Op with P Hartsein’s crew as  2nd Pilot
6 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg (2nd Pilot), 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin (2nd Pilot), 30/08/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 02/09/1943 Mining off Ille-De-Re, 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover



BATTY
Ronald John Morton Batty, RAF 548542 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9    killed on 10th Op
total sorties undertaken 10 (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 10 Ops with H Whittington’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny

Lancaster Mk.I ME691 AA-R was brought down by an enemy aircraft at 01:33hrs beside a road near Veghel (Noord Brabant), 4 miles South West of Uden. All but the flight engineer perished in the crash and were buried in the local War Cemetery, Uden. Sgt Gore, the flight engineer, survived but was taken as a P.o.W.

Killed age 26 on the 21st of July 1944
Buried Uden War Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – 5. A. 9. 104



BAUNTON
Richard Walter Baunton, RNZAF NZ436822 – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0
total sorties undertaken 2 & 2 post war flights. (100% (no Ops completed) % completion rate)

Undertook 0 Op with WK Rendell’s crew as  Nav plus 2 Post War flights

Tour History
28/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 29/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BAVERSTOCK
David Alfred Baverstock, RAF 610905 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 5
total sorties undertaken 9, including 4 DNC (56 % completion rate)

Undertook 9 Ops with DGG Horgan’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 4 DNC –  04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 175 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period PAUL 57 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 151 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
04/01/1944 Mining North of Biarritz, 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 03/02/1944 Mining off Morlaix, 10/02/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of River Ardour, 03/03/1944 Mining off Cherbourg, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 175 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 11 (SUCCESSFUL), 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period PAUL 57 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 13/03/1944 Mining off St. Nazaire, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 151 (ABORTIVE) (DNC),



BAWDEN
Nelson Hugh Bawden, RNZAF NZ421313 – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 24
total sorties undertaken 26 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 22 Ops with SA Clark’s crew as  Nav
1 Op with WG Reay’s crew as  Nav
1 Op with FR Bader’s crew as  Nav
0 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  Nav, plus 1 Post War flights.
0 Op with M Watson’s crew as  Nav, plus 1 Post War flights.

Tour History
02/10/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 22/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 25/11/1943 Mining in the Bay of Biscay, 04/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 04/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of the Gironde Estuary, 10/02/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of River Ardour, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt



BAWDEN
Robert Samuel Bawden, RNZAF NZ4212629 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 32
total sorties undertaken 34, including 2 DNC (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 34 Ops with DR Sadgrove’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 2 DNC – 28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne, 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen

Tour History
29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 11/11/1944 Attack Against Castrop Rauxel, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 12/12/1944 Attack Against Witten, 16/12/1944 Attack Against Siegen, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 23/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 27/12/1944 Attack Against Rheydt, 28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne (DNC),
31/12/1944 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 01/01/1945 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 03/01/1945 Attack Against Dortmund Oil Refinery, 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 03/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen (DNC), 28/02/1945 Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen)



BAXTER
Alan Cheyne Baxter, RNZAF NZ40730 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 30
total sorties undertaken 30 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 30 Ops with Self’s crew as  Pilot

Tour History
05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers, 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen, 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt, 16/09/1944 Attack Against Moerdijk, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 04/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 26/10/1944 Attack Against Leverkusen, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Bottrop, 11/11/1944 Sea Mining in Oslo Fjord, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard



BAXTER
Ray John Baxter, RNZAF NZ403593 – Observer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6
total sorties undertaken 6 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 6 Ops with Sykes’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
06/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre, 08/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 30/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg, 11/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Le Havre, 15/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 27/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf



BAXTER
Rex Baxter, RNZAF NZ432738 – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 10
total sorties undertaken 10 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 10 Ops with RS Milsom’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam, 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg
24/04/1945 Attack on Bad Oldesloe, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 14/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt



BAYES
Joseph Thomas Bayes, RAF 1595589, 185783 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 24    killed on 25th Op
total sorties undertaken 25 (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 25 Ops with JH Scott’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers , 11/09/1944 Mining in the Baltic Sea, 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt, 16/09/1944 Attack Against Moerdijk, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 29/09/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 15/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen

Killed age 35 on the 4th of November 1944
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 5. C. 5.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O was brought down by flak about 9 miles south east of the target, crashing near Werrmelskirchen. None of the crew survived and they were buried at that small township, but later reinterred at Rheinberg War Cemetery, south of Wessel.



BAYLISS
A. Bayliss, RAF  – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 17
total sorties undertaken 17 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 17 Ops with EJ Abraham’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 06/12/1944 Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery, 11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 12/12/1944 Attack Against Witten, 14/12/1944 Sea Mining in Kattegat Area, 19/12/1944 Sea Mining in Dornbusch Area, 27/12/1944 Attack Against Rheydt, 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg



BAYNES
Allan Ralph Baynes, RNZAF NZ427453 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 10
total sorties undertaken 10 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with SL Spillman’s crew as  2nd Pilot
9 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
13/04/1945 Attack on Kiel (2nd Pilot), 14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 02/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 14/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 22/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BEACH
Phillip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 30 (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 30 Ops with VA Adolph’s crew as  Nav, including 2 DNC – 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier (DNC), 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 22/07/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin , 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 29/08/1944 Mining in the Gulf of Danzig, 03/09/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrom At Eindhoven, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers, 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen, 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 27/09/1944 Attack Against Calais



BEALL
Thomas Grieve Beall, RAF 1894568 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 19
total sorties undertaken 19 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 19 Ops with J Shaw’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 28/02/1945 Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen), 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 04/03/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 07/03/1945 Attack Against Dessau, 17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 13/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 24/04/1945 Attack on Bad Oldesloe, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 12/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 16/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 23/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 26/05/1945 Repatriation of Belgian Refugees to Brussells and Exprisoners of War to England, 03/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive



BEARD
John Lawrence Beard, RAF 3006185 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29    killed on 30th Op
total sorties undertaken 30 (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 30 Ops with EG Parsons’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 12/12/1944 Attack Against Witten, 16/12/1944 Attack Against Siegen, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 23/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 27/12/1944 Attack Against Rheydt, 28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne, 30/12/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Bight, 01/01/1945 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 02/01/1945 Attack Against Nurnburg, 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 06/01/1945 Mining off Pilau, 22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y
01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 28/02/1945 Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen), 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 04/03/1945, Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 07/03/1945 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte

Killed age 19 on the 14th of March 1945
Son of Arthur Lawrence Beard and Lilian Ethel Florence Beard, of East Dulwich, London.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 25. D. 1.
‘God gave thy soul
Brave Wings’

At 16.35hrs on the run up to the target PB741, F/L Parsons & crew, was seen to have been hit by flak in the port-inner engine, which was then feathered. It also appeared to have been hit in the port-outer engine, which was feathered as the aircraft began descending quickly. Part of the wing caught fire and soon after, the complete wing broke off just as the Lancaster was diving through cloud.

All on board were killed in the resultant crash. The flight engineer and air bomber have no known graves. The other five crew members are buried at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

 


BEARD
? Beard , RAF  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 1 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RW Bray’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
11/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel



BEARDMORE
John Thomas Beardmore, RAF 1818755 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 24    killed on 25th Op
total sorties undertaken 25 (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 25 Ops with JH Scott’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against the Aerodrome at St. Trond, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers, 11/09/1944 Mining in the Baltic Sea, 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt, 16/09/1944 Attack Against Moerdijk, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 29/09/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 15/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen

Killed age 19 on the 4th of November 1944
Son of John Thomas Beardmore and Bertha May Beardmore, of Stoke-On-Trent.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 5. C. 2.
‘Dearly loved son
Of James Thomas And Bertha May Beardmore,
Stoke-on-Trent, England’

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O was brought down by flak about 9 miles south east of the target, crashing near Werrmelskirchen. None of the crew survived and they were buried at that small township, but later reinterred at Rheinberg War Cemetery, south of Wessel.



BEARNE
Wilfred Bearne, RAF 976174 – Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 22    killed on 23rd Op
total sorties undertaken 23 (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with RP Widdowson’s crew as  F/Gnr
16 Ops with PG Fletcher’s crew as  W/O
1 Op with JW Thomson’s crew as  W/O
2 Ops with JE Johnson’s crew as  W/O

Tour History
06/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (F/Gnr RP Widdowson), 08/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (F/Gnr RP Widdowson), 09/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim (F/Gnr RP Widdowson), 11/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (F/Gnr RP Widdowson), 17/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne (PGF Fletcher), 27/05/1941 Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser, 02/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 11/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf and Boulogne, 21/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk, 24/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf, 27/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Bremen, 30/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 05/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Munster (PGF Fletcher), 07/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster (JW Thomson), 13/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen (PGF Fletcher),, 15/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg, 03/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais, 08/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 12/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Le Havre (PGF Fletcher), 18/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Docks at Dunkirk (JE Johnson), 06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls

Killed age 22 on the 6th of September 1941
Son of Alfred James Beaven and Margaret Beaven.
Buried Borculo General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot U. Coll. grave 1-5.
‘In loving memory of my dear son’

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9767 AA-S was intercepted by a German night fighter (flown by Oblt Emil Woltersdorft, Unit 111, NJG1) over Holland. The Wellington crashed into the sea at 00.11hrs near Borculo (Gelderland) South East of Lochem, Holland. None of the crew survived. Their bodies were subsequently recovered and later buried at Borculo General Cemetery.



BEASELY
L. Beasely, RAF  – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6
total sorties undertaken 6 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  A/B
4 Ops with RJ Hamilton’s crew as  A/B
1 Op with RA Banks’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen (CH Baigent), 09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln (RJ Hamilton), 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct, 24/04/1945 Attack on Bad Oldesloe, 05/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive (RA Banks)



BEATTIE
James Arthur Beattie, RAF 2208851 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 2 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with HGG Horgan’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen



BEAUMONT
? Beaumont, RAF  – Front Gunner/ Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 2 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with J McCullough’s crew as  F/Gnr & A/B

Tour History
26/09/1942 Operations. Gardening in Baltic, 28/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Lingen



BEAVEN
James Wilfred Beaven, RNZAF NZ403566 – Front Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – -1    killed on 0th Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (-100 % completion rate)

With AD Mackay’s crew as  F/Gnr, – Killed on training flight prior to Operations

22/05/1942 – Cross Country Night Flying Training
Wellington Mk III, Z.1566 AA-K,was undergoing a night cross-country training flight when the weather deteriorated. The Pilot-in-command elected to remain above the cloud layer for some time before he was able to descend through a gap in the cloud in the early morning hours so that the navigator could visually establish their position. At 03.40 hrs, the aircraft flew into a hillside at Grindon Farm, six miles East South East of Leek, Staffordshire. The sole survivor of the crash was the rear gunner, Sgt Chappell, who was injured. All remaining members of the crew were killed.

Killed age 31 on the 22nd of May 1942
Son of Alfred James Beaven and Margaret Beaven.
Buried Buxton Cemetery, Derbyshire, England..
Grave location – Grave 4180



BEAVER
Thomas Edward Beaver, RAF 1276184 – Flight Engineer   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1  shot down on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with JHR Carey’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
27/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal

Stirling Mk.III EH881 AA-Z was brought down at Eilendorf, outside the township of Aachen (35 miles South West of Cologne). The Captain and two gunners died in the crash and are buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery. The other four crew all escaped uninjured, either by parachute or from the wrecked aircraft, and were captured as P.o.W’s.

P.o.W Number: not known
P.o.W Camps: not known
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known



BECKER
Herbert Donald Pitt Becker, RAF 1338752/171280 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 31 (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 31 Ops with HL Burton’s crew as  A/B, including 3 DNC – 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 124 ABORTIVE), 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 110 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne, 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen, 22/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target, 04/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay (DNC), 04/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of the Gironde Estuary, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 21/02/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 02/03/1944 Mining off Le Havre, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 124 ABORTIVE) (DNC), 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period AUTHOR 17 (SUCCESSFUL), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 18 Alternative target attacked – MONGREL 3 (SUCCESSFUL), 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 110 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 09/04/1944 Attack against Villeneuve St. George, 10/04/1944 Attack Against Targets at Laon, 18/04/1944 Attack Against Rouen, 20/04/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 22/04/1944 Attack Against Dusseldorf, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg



BECKETT
? Beckett, RAF  – Front/ Rear Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 25
total sorties undertaken 26 (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 13 Ops with RM Curtis’s crew as  F/Gnr & R/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 26/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on G.82, C.38 DUISBURG, ARNHEIM, and FLUSHING
13 Ops with Ap Jones’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
17/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.97, K.62 and M.434, 19/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.17 and M.431 (Rear Gunner), 24/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.161 and M.434, 26/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on G.82, C.38 DUISBURG, ARNHEIM, and FLUSHING (DNC), 29/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.69, Z159, M116, EVERE and WAALHAVEN, 04/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Thurenger Forest, Black Forest, and Woods South of Strasburg, 10/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Ostend Harbour and Flushing Docks, 12/09/1940 Bombing Attack on Emden and Schwerte, 14/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Antwerp and Soest, 18/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets M.480, Z.40, and Le Havre, 23/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Berlin, Le Havre and Hamburg, 29/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK, 02/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116 and A.69, 08/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, Marshalling Yards Gremburg and Cologne, 25/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets B.8, D.1, and AERODROME at BRUSSELS, 28/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83., 08/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.487 and A.70, 11/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Target A.70 and A.71., 12/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71., 14/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets G.30, CC.47, SOESTERBURG AERODROME, AND SCHIPOL, 16/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.248, M.245, SOESTERBURG, and SCHIPOL AERODROME, 23/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Targets M.66, M.499, BOULOGNE, BERLIN, 26/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.501, B.51, M.138, 06/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Area 1, Area 2, Area 3., 09/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target CC.26, 16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.30, M.68, and Frankfurt, 16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.55



BEDFORD
B. Bedford, RAF  – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 32
total sorties undertaken 34 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 34 Ops with AG Gray’s crew as  A/B, including 2 DNC – 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
21/03/1944 Mining off Cherbourg, 22/03/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 30/03/1944 Mining of the coast of Holland, 18/04/1944 Attack Against Rouen, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes (DNC), 02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 04/06/1944 Mining off the Hook of Holland, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Bois Des Jardine, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 22/07/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart



BEDFORD
J. Bedford, RAF  – Flight Engineer   
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4
total sorties undertaken 4 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with VJ Andrew’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires



BEECH
Cyril Beech, RAF 1584473 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11    killed on 12th Op
total sorties undertaken 12 (92 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with WW Morgan’s crew as  F/E
1 Op with CA Gunn’s crew as  F/E
6 Ops with RJ Watson’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne (WW Morgan), 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 18/09/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 08/10/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 16/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target (RJ Watson), 27/01/1944 Mining of the East Coast of Denmark, 03/02/1944 Mining in St. Malo (CA Gunn), 11/02/1944 Mining off Mouth of River Ardour(RJ Watson), 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 70 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 124 (RESULT UNKNOWN)

The wreckage of Stirling Mk.III EF215 AA-M was found on a mountainside at Rochefort-Montagne, 15 miles West South West of Clermont-Ferrand, where six of the deceased crew were buried. The only survivor was Sgt C. B. Armstrong, who escaped with relatively few injuries. He was taken into custody as a POW.

Killed age 20 on the 5th of May 1944
Son of Herbert and Nellie Beech, of Halmer End, Staffordshire.
Buried Clermont-Ferrand (Des Carmes Dechaux) Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Row A. Coll. grave 4-6.



BEESTON
Gordon Thomas Beeston, RAF 1324740 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 22
total sorties undertaken 22 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 22 Ops with DA Gawith’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre , 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville, 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 15/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 26/10/1944 Attack Against Leverkusen, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg



BELFORD
Earl Ray Belford, RCAF R.88751/  J.17419 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 25
total sorties undertaken 25 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with KJ Bettles’s crew as  A/B
1 Op with KH Blincoe’s crew as  A/B
2 Ops with LG Trott’s crew as  A/B
2 Ops with Cr Davey’s crew as  A/B
1 Op with FA Sandeman’s crew as  A/B
1 Op with RF Bennett’s crew as  A/B
13 Ops with R Boradbent’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
06/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Manheim (KJ Bettles), 09/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Turin, 12/01/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 15/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient (KH Blincoe), 13/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient (LG Trott), 19/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 25/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg (CR Davey), 26/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 27/02/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands (KJ Bettles), 03/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg (FA Sandeman), 05/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen (RF Bennett), 27/04/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands (R Broadbent), 01/05/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 12/05/1943 Duisburg, 13/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bochum, 23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 19/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 25/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene



BELL
Harold Bell, RAF 1159189 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7  shot down on 8th Op
total sorties undertaken 8 (88 % completion rate)

Undertook 8 Ops with SJG Isherwood’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
11/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 15/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Genoa and Frankfurt, 10/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 12/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg, 13/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Dusseldorf, 15/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne, 26/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburgh and Cherbourgh

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1168 AA – H, failed to return to base. The aircraft suffered catastrophic damage from heavy AA fire over Hamburg but all but one of the crew successfully baled out and were subsequently taken prisoners of war. The Front Gunner, Sgt B W Shelnutt, went down with the aircraft and was killed.

P.o.W Number: 24461
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags, VIIIB, Luft III, Luft VI/357. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known



BELL
Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 20
total sorties undertaken 23 (87 % completion rate)

Undertook 23 Ops with J Wainwright’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 3 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE), 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 136 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
02/01/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands (R/Gnr)., 06/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 20/01/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands (Mu/Gnr),, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 04/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of the Gironde Estuary, 20/02/1944 Mining off St. Malo, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 20 (SUCCESSFUL), 13/03/1944 Mining off Lorient, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 136 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens, 09/04/1944 Attack against Villeneuve St. George, 11/04/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen



BELL
John Robson Bell, RAF 173943 – Navigator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 17    killed on 18th Op
total sorties undertaken 20 (85 % completion rate)

Undertook 20 Ops with R Gordon’s crew as  Nav, including 2 DNC – 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 136 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
20/01/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 04/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of the Gironde Estuary, 20/02/1944 Mining off St. Malo, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 20 (SUCCESSFUL), 13/03/1944 Mining off Lorient, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 136 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens, 09/04/1944 Attack against Villeneuve St. George, 11/04/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen

PB609 encountered heavy flak after bombing, when approximately 8 miles North East of Moers and the aircraft was seen to explode and crash. There were no survivors. All the crew were buried in the Reichswald Forest Cemetery.

Killed age 34 on the 20th of November 1944
Son of Harry and Mary Bell, of Newcastle-On-Tyne; Husband of Jean Doreen Bell, of Jesmond, Newcastle-On-Tyne.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 29. B. 1-16.
‘Always in our thoughts,
Darling.
Your loving wife Jean,
The twins and Alan’



BELL
Maurice Perrott Bell, RNZAF NZ404882 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 8    killed on 9th Op
total sorties undertaken 9 (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with C Taylor’s crew as  2nd Pilot
5 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
10/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne (2nd Pilot), 12/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg (2nd Pilot), 13/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Dusseldorf (2nd Pilot), 15/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne (2nd Pilot), 09/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 13/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Dunkirk, 25/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen, 26/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre, 28/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Lubeck

The precise circumstances of the loss of this aircraft and crew, are unknown. Whilst the raid report states that there were no combats with E/A, a combat report held in the National Archives (AIR50/192/6) describes a Pilot witnessing an enemy aircraft firing first on what is believed to be another Wellington. This Wellington was reported as going down into the sea and burning furiously. The fact that all the crew’s bodies were buried in the German Naval Garrison Cemetery, before being re-interred in the Kiel War Cemetery, perhaps suggest this might have been the Bell crew, however it should be noted that the Naval Garrison also had gun batteries near it, so this does not discount A.A. fire as the source of this crew loss.

Killed age 26 on the 29th of March 1942
Son of George John and Mary Bell, of Tuna, Taranaki, New Zealand.
Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 2. A. 4-6.



BELL
Ronald Bell, RAF 1077692 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with SM Tietjens’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
21/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund

Stirling Mk.III BK783 AA-Q was shot down by an enemy night-fighter over the Netherlands on the return flight home. The aircraft came down in a ditch at Beesd, (Gelderland), 5 miles South South West of Culemborg, All but the Rear Gunner, Sgt L R Vale, died in the crash. They were buried in a collective grave at Beesd General Cemetery. Vale miraculously survived the major crash with an injured leg and temporary memory loss. He was later taken prisoner by German soldiers.

Killed age 22 on the 24th of May 1943
Son of Bernard and Hilda Bell, of Otley, Yorkshire; Husband of Marguerite Bell, of Otley.
Buried Beesd General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-2.
‘At the going down
Of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them’



BELLIS
Selwyn Bellis, RAF 2215940/8? – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 32
total sorties undertaken 33 (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 32 Ops with FH Turner’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with RD Max’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period ARCHDEACON 10 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
03/11/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 07/11/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen, 04/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 06/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 04/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of the Gironde Estuary, 11/02/1944 Mining in the River Ardour, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 67 (SUCCESSFUL), 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 178 (SUCCESSFUL), 06/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period DIRECTOR 60 (SUCCESSFUL), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 11 (SUCCESSFUL), 13/03/1944 Mining off St. Nazaire, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period ARCHDEACON 10 (ABORTIVE) (DNC) (RD Max), 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux



BENEST
Albert George Benest, RAF 162049 – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 15
total sorties undertaken 21 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 15 Ops with EM Ohlson’s crew as  Nav plus 6 Post War flights

Tour History
16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg, 09/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel (DNC), 13/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 24/04/1945 Attack on Bad Oldesloe, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 23/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 03/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 01/07/1945 Post Mortem – Checking German Radar Equipment



BENEY
David Levick Beney, RAF 960078 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RC Barker’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
15/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne

The first of the two 75(NZ) Squadron Wellingtons lost this night was Wellington Mk.Ic W.5663 AA-O, which crashed to the North of Dusseldorf, possibly as a result of night fighter action – they were known to be operating in that area; accounting for the loss of 57 Squadron’s Wellington, shot down. The two Air Gunners, Cole and Stephenson, survived the impact and were taken Prisoners of War. The other four crew were all killed. They were buried in the Nord Friedhof. At the end of hostilities their remains were disinterred and taken to the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

Killed age 19 on the 15th of October 1941
Son of Arthur and Evelyn Annie Beney, of Limpsfield, Surrey.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 11. B. 1-4.



BENFOLD
Robert Routh Benfold, RAF 1582109 – Flight Engineer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 21
total sorties undertaken 25 (84 % completion rate)

Undertook 24 Ops with CW McCardle’s crew as  F/E, including 4 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 124 (ABORTIVE), 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund
1 Op with JCL Carey’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
22/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target, 04/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 03/02/1944 Mining in St. Malo, 11/02/1944 Mining off Mouth of River Ardour, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 20/02/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (JCL Carey), 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea (DNC), 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 124 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 05/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 153 (SUCCESSFUL), 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens, 11/04/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund (DNC), 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes



BENGER
Alan Albert Benger, RAF 1292457 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 27
total sorties undertaken 27 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 27 Ops with H Tweed’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss (1 Op as R/Gnr), 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 06/11/1944 Attack Against Coblenz, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/12/1944 Sea Mining in Kattegat Area, 19/12/1944 Sea Mining in Dornbusch Area, 29/12/1944 Attack Against Coblenz (Lutzel Marshalling Yard), 31/12/1944 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 02/01/1945 Attack Against Nurnburg, 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen



BENJAMIN
Maurice Maxwell Benjamin, RNZAF NZ4213449 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 8 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with RJ Urlich’s crew as  Mu/Gnr & R/Gnr plus 6 Post War flights

Tour History
29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 10/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 14/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 25/05/1945 Repatriation of Belgian Refugees, 10/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive (1 Op as M/Gnr)



BENNETT
Raymond Frederick Bennett, RNZAF NZ415282 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 27    killed on 28th Op
total sorties undertaken 28 (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CR Davey’s crew as  2nd Pilot
2 Ops with FA Sandeman’s crew as  2nd Pilot
25 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
12/01/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary (2nd Pilot), 03/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg (2nd Pilot), 04/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin (2nd Pilot), 18/01/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 05/02/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 07/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 13/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 14/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 26/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 27/02/1943 Mining off St. Jean de Lurz, 01/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 03/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 05/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 08/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 29/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 08/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 10/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 14/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 16/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven, 20/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Rostock, 22/04/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 12/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 13/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bochum, 23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 25/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal

Stirling Mk.III BK776 AA-R was brought down at Odenspiel, 12 miles West North West of Siegen (about 35 miles South East of the target). Only the Flight Engineer, Navigator and Rear Gunner survived but were taken as P.o.W’s. The Captain, P/O Bennett, is now at rest in Rheinberg War Cemetery while the four other deceased were reinterred in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery

Killed age 29 on the 30th of May 1943
Son of Frederick William and Ruby Elizabeth Bennett, of Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 4. G. 11.



BENNETTON
Frederick Horace Bennetton, RAF 1281626 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RF Westwood’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
05/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands

Stirling Mk.I EF430 AA-Q was engaged by AA fire while transiting the Dutch coastal area and was brought down in the Waddenzee, South East of Vlieland, at 01:15hrs. None of the crew survived. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 20 on the 5th of May 1943.
Son of Edward E. and Nellie M. Bennetton, of Grappenhall, Cheshire.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 142.



BENSON
Thomas Benson, RAF  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11
total sorties undertaken 20 (85 % completion rate)

Undertook 13 Ops with BL Luckins’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 2 DNC – 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel , 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne plus 6 Post War flights
0 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  R/Gnr, plus 1 Post War flights.

Tour History
18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel (DNC),, 28/02/1945 Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen), 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne (DNC),, 04/03/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen, 07/03/1945 Attack Against Dessau, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 12/03/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 09/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel, 14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam, 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 03/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft and the Hague, 10/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 12/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 15/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 24/05/1945 Repatriation of Belgian Refugees to Brussells, 26/05/1945 Repatriation of Belgian Refugees to Brussells and Exprisoners of War to England, 08/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment (CH Baigent)



BENTHAM
Graham Bentham, RAF  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 9 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with AR Baynes’s crew as  R/Gnr plus 7 Post War flights

Tour History
14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 02/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 14/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 22/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BENTLEY
Loch Lomond Bentley, RNZAF NZ403936 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9    killed on 10th Op
total sorties undertaken 10 (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with H Machin’s crew as  2nd Pilot
8 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
07/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend (2nd Pilot), 08/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen (2nd Pilot), 23/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk, 26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend, 11/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Le Havre, 12/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 17/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Le Havre, 23/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8834 AA-P, captained by F/Sgt L L Bentley, RNZAF, arrived in the circuit at base awaiting landing clearance but inexplicably flew into the ground near Burner’s Heath, some 5 milse South West of Thetford. Although all his crew escaped the crash with non-life threatening injuries, Bentley’s were more severe and he failed to recover. He is buried at RAF Feltwell.

Killed age 28 on the 23rd of December 1941
Son of Harry and Margaret Daziel Bentley, of Waitoms Caves, Auckland, New Zealand, Husband of Winifred Kathleen Bentley.
Buried Feltwell (St. Nicholas) Churchyard, Norfolk, England..
Grave location – Row B. Grave 6.



BENTLEY
Robert Henry Waldron Bentley, RNZAF NZ414580 – Navigator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RF Westwood’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
05/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands

Stirling Mk.I EF430 AA-Q was engaged by AA fire while transiting the Dutch coastal area and was brought down in the Waddenzee, South East of Vlieland, at 01:15hrs. None of the crew survived. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 23 on the 5th of May 1943
Son of Henry Arthur Bond Bentley and Jessie Eleanor Bentley, of Auckland, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 198.



BERE
Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAF 63084 – Observer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 30
total sorties undertaken 31 (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with Fox’s crew as  Obs, including 1 DNC – 15/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk
18 Ops with HA Roberts’s crew as  Obs
6 Ops with JFK Sandys’s crew as  Obs
 Op with RJ Newton’s crew as  1

Tour History
11/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf and Boulogne (Fox), 15/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk (DNC), 16/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 18/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 21/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk, 24/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf, 27/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Bremen, 03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen (Roberts), , 05/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Munster, 07/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster, 08/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster, 21/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg, 03/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais, 08/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 12/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Le Havre, 26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne, 29/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 02/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt, 08/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel, 13/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 15/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 17/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Karlsruhe, 20/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend, 30/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Stettin and Hamburg, 24/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden (JFK Sandys), , 01/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 04/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 08/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend, 23/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 01/04/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hanau and Le Havre (RJ Newton)



BERESFORD
John Bosford Beresford, RAF 1583723 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7    killed on 8th Op
total sorties undertaken 8 (88 % completion rate)

Undertook 8 Ops with RC Whitmore’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
02/09/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 03/09/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim , 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne, 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover

The Whitmore crew in Stirling MK.III EH877 JN-C, took off between 19:45 and 20:00hrs to join a main force of 678 aircraft attacked Hanover the second time that month. Although the attack was well concentrated, incorrectly forecast wind speeds, used by the Pathfinders to mark the target, resulted in the centre of the city being spared – the majority of bombs falling approximately 5 miles North of Hanover city centre.

There is little information regarding the exact cause of loss of EH877. Some, sources report seeing it falling in flames, the aircraft apparently breaking up in the air prior to final impact.

Killed age 20 on the 28th of September 1943
Son of John Bosworth Beresford and Florence Maud Beresford, of Meadows, Nottingham.
Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 8. C. 2.
‘Though absent,
You are always near,
Still loved,
Still missed and ever dear’



BERGIN
Joseph Stanley Bergin, RNZAF NZ402533 – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 1 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with AJN Scott’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
27/01/1943 Gardening off Terschelling



BERGMAN
Laurence Percy Bergman, RAAF AUS.424579 – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 29 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 29 Ops with CT Spain’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais , 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss , 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais , 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez , 27/09/1944 Attack Against Calais , 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke , 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich , 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 06/11/1944 Attack Against Coblenz, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 16/12/1944 Attack Against Siegen, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier



BERNARD
Arthur George Bernard, RNZAF NZ424964 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with AR Single’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
02/10/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 04/10/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 22/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin

Stirling Mk.III LJ453 AA-K was brought down over Germany, crashing about a mile South South East of Arlen, between Gemmerich and Dolberg. The lack of AA fire in the target area suggested that a night fighter was probably responsible for the loss of the Stirling.

There were no survivors. The seven crew were buried at Achmer, and later reinterred at Reichswald Forest Cemetery.

Killed age 22 on the 22nd of November 1943
Son of Frank Horace and May Bernard, of Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 9. A. 22-25.



BERNEY
Richard Bruce Berney, RNZAF NZ40750 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 20
total sorties undertaken 21 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 21 Ops as Pilot , including 1 DNC – 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC),, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart



BERRIMAN
William James Henry Berriman, RNZAF NZ411361 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 18
total sorties undertaken 18 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with KH Blincoe’s crew as  A/B
15 Ops with RF Bennett’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
28/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Turin (Blincoe),, 09/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Turin, 16/12/1942 Operations. Gardening off Bordeaux, 05/02/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands (Bennett),, 07/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 13/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 14/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 12/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 29/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 08/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 10/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 14/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 16/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven, 20/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Rostock, 22/04/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 12/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 13/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bochum



BERRY
Eric Berry, RAF  – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RM Kidd’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient

Stirling Mk.I R9248 AA-H was hit by AA fire shortly after bombing, causing catastrophic damage. The captain attempted a crash landing at St Thégonnec (Finistère), about 8 miles South East of Morlaix, France. All but one of the crew died in the crash and were laid to rest in St Thegonnec Communal Cemetery. Sgt Kidd escaped slightly injured from the wreck and managed to evade capture.

Killed age 20 on the 23rd of January 1943
Son of William Berry and of Evelyn Berry, of Lowestoft, Suffolk.
Buried St.Thegonnec Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Plot 2. Row 1. Grave 3.
‘Greater love
Hath no man than this,
That a man lay down
His life for his friends’



BERTRAM
Robert Bertram, RAF 1112264/ 128536 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31    killed on 32nd Op
total sorties undertaken 32 (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with Spence’s crew as  2nd Pilot
10 Ops with JK Climie’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with RJ Newton’s crew as  2nd Pilot
5 Ops with Turner’s crew as  2nd Pilot
12 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
06/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre (Spence as 2nd Pilot), 23/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk (2nd Pilot), 26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend (2nd Pilot), 30/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg (2nd Pilot), 23/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest (JK Climie as 2nd Pilot), 27/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf (2nd Pilot), 12/02/1942 Daylight Attack – German Battleships in the Channel (2nd Pilot), 08/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (2nd Pilot), 09/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (2nd Pilot), 12/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kiel (2nd Pilot), 25/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen (2nd Pilot), 05/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Cologne (2nd Pilot), 06/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen (2nd Pilot), 08/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Hamburg (2nd Pilot), 12/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at LeHavre and Essen (RJ Newton as 2nd Pilot), 17/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg (Turner as 2nd Pilot), 22/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne (2nd Pilot), 23/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Rostock (2nd Pilot), 25/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Rostock and Dunkirk (2nd Pilot), 27/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne and Mine Laying off Heligoland (2nd Pilot), 29/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Dieppe, 30/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 01/06/1942 Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 02/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 05/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 06/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 08/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 16/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 19/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 20/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 22/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 23/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire and (Gardening), 25/06/1942 Attack on Targets at Bremen, 29/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen

Wellington Mk.III Z.1616 AA-D completed a normal take-off at 23:20, but approximately 5 minutes after becoming airborne, fire was seen to break out on the aircraft (witnesses say the aircraft was on fire before it crashed). The Wellington then crashed in flames near Red House Farm, Methwold, a few miles north of Feltwell. All five crew were killed.

Killed age 26 on the 29th of June 1942
Son of Walter and Catherine Bertram; Husband of Kathleen Beatrice Bertram, of Gipsyville, Hull. A.C.I.S.
Buried Hull Crematorium, Kingston-Upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, England..
Grave location – Screen Wall. Panel 1.



BEST
Eric Vernon Best, RAF 36236 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 34
total sorties undertaken 34 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 17 Ops with CE Kaay’s crew as  2nd Pilot
17 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
12/05/1940 Bombing attacks on Target A.J.8. (Krefold-Verdingen) (2nd Pilot), 17/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets, A.64, A.75, A.79, M.435, M.464, M.458, AC.6 and AC.7 (2nd Pilot), 19/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (2nd Pilot), 23/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (2nd Pilot), 25/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Target AR.10) and Reconnaissance of Area Between Courtrai and Brussels (2nd Pilot), 31/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target G.1 Nieuport (2nd Pilot), 03/06/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.28 DUSSELDORF (2nd Pilot), 05/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Cross-Roads and Marshalling Yards at CAMBRAI (2nd Pilot), 07/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on CHIMAY, ST. VALERY, ABBEVILLE, PONT REMY (2nd Pilot), 09/06/1940 Bombing Attacks over Enemy Territory (2nd Pilot), 11/06/1940 Special Duty – Operation PAMELA (2nd Pilot), 19/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.39 and L.82. (2nd Pilot), 24/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets F.19 & A.108 (2nd Pilot), 26/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.431, H.49, and M.122 (2nd Pilot), 30/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Forest South of FRANKFURT (2nd Pilot), 18/07/1942 Bombing Attacks on Target K.56 (2nd Pilot), 25/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets, F.18, M.434, and KASSEL (2nd Pilot), 09/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.84., 13/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.82, L.82, and D.7., 15/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.85., 17/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.97, K.62 and M.434, 26/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on G.82, C.38 DUISBURG, ARNHEIM, and FLUSHING, 29/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.69, Z159, M116, EVERE and WAALHAVEN, 01/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST, 04/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Thurenger Forest, Black Forest, and Woods South of Strasburg, 07/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against A.70, Essen, Black Forest and Colnac Aerodrome, M.101., 12/09/1940 Bombing Attack on emden and Schwerte, 14/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Antwerp and Soest, 18/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets M.480, Z.40, and Le Havre, 20/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Enemy Territory, 23/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Berlin, Le Havre and Hamburg, 02/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116 and A.69, 08/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, Marshalling Yards Gremburg and Cologne, 10/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.68, A.28, A.71, and Eindhoven Aerodrome



BETLEY
Roland Desmond Ernest Betley, RNZAF NZ421495 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against

LL888 was brought down by a night-fighter SW of the target, crashing near Rieux, just NE of Cambrai. There were no survivors, six of the seven crew members were located in or near the wreckage and later buried at Rieux, The body of the seventh crew member was found some distance away indicating he probably had attempted to bale out, without success.

Killed age 22 on the 16th of June 1944
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.
Buried Rieux Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 8-10. 9



BETTLES
Kenneth John Bettles, RAF 657229 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 19
total sorties undertaken 19 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with EBR Lockwood’s crew as  2nd Pilot
18 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
01/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken (2nd Pilot), 03/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Emden, 04/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen, 06/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Duisburg, 08/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Frankfurt, 10/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Dusseldorf, 13/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen, 14/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Wilhelmshaven, 16/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Essen, 18/09/1942 Operations. Gardening of St. Nazaire, 02/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Krefeld, 06/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Osnabruck, 09/10/1942 Operations. Gardening off East Frisian Islands, 06/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Manheim, 09/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Turin, 12/01/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 15/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 27/02/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands



BEVAN
Leslie Sydney Bevan, RNZAF NZ41565 – Front Gunner/ Air Bomber   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4  shot down on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with J McCullough’s crew as  F/Gnr
2 Ops with KJ Bettles’s crew as  R/Gnr
2 Ops with EWP Johnson’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
28/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg (J McCullough as R/Gnr), 03/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Emden (KJ Bettles as R/Gnr), 04/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Bremen (KJ Bettles as R/Gnr), 06/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Duisburg (EWP Johnson R/Gnr), 08/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt (EWP Johnson R/Gnr)

BJ.596 was hit by flak in the target area causing catastrophic damage. The crew was forced to abandon the burning aircraft and all successfully reached the ground, only to be taken Prisoners of War.

P.o.W Number: 26976
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag VIIIB/344. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: 9th of April 1945



BEVANS
Nelson Arthur Bevans, RAF 1216099 – Flight Engineer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 5
total sorties undertaken 5 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with AMF Alexander’s crew as  F/E
1 Op with AJ Mayfield’s crew as  F/E
3 Ops with KAH Lawrence’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin (AMF Alexander), 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon (AJ Mayfield), 02/10/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands KAH Lawrence), 04/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 08/10/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary



BEYER
Edwin Harry Beyer, RAF 657044 – Observer   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with ER Hunting’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
01/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Saarbrucken, 03/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Emden

Wellington Mk.III X.3794 was lost without trace, but assumed to have been brought down in the sea off the Netherlands coast where the body of Sgt Anderson (A/g) was recovered. He was buried in Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, Holland. The other four crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 25 on the 3rd of September 1942
Son of Edwin and Ruth Madeline Beyer, of Teddington, Middlesex.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 78.



BICKHAM
Charles John Bickham, RAF 49977 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4    killed on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with AE Lewis’s crew as  A/B
2 Ops with GA Lane’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
10/04/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 20/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Rostock, 22/04/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 26/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg
28/04/1943 Mining in Kiel Bay

Stirling Mk.I R9290 AA-Y was operating in the ‘Radish’ area of the Fehmar-Belt, in the Baltic, and was brought down in the sea off the Danish Island of Lolland, to the West of the Vesternaes. There were no survivors.

The crew is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 24 on the 28th of April 1943
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 123.



BICKNELL
K. Bicknell, RAF  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6
total sorties undertaken 13 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 6 Ops with AH McLeod’s crew as  Mu/Gnr plus 7 Post War flights

Tour History
18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 13/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 15/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 26/05/1945 Repatriation of Belgian Refugees to Brussells and Exprisoners of War to England, 31/05/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 24/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive



BIGGAR
John Matthew Biggar, RNZAF NZ427945 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 15    killed on 16th Op
total sorties undertaken 16 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 16 Ops with WO Hadley’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin , 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel , 29/08/1944 Mining in the Gulf of Danzig, 03/09/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrom At Eindhoven, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre , 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre , 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers , 11/09/1944 Mining in the Baltic Sea

Lancaster Mk.I LM268 AA-D was brought down at 00:15hrs by a night-fighter near the southern end of Sjælland Island, Denmark. The aircraft crashed onto a farmhouse near the township of Orslev, killing five members of the family. Only two of the crew, the Fight Engineer and Air Bomber, succeeded in baling out, the former evading capture and the latter, although badly hurt, was aided by locals and hospitalized before being turned over to the authorities.

Of those in the crew who died, the Pilot and Rear Gunner were buried in the local Churchyard at Orslev while the other three were buried at the Svino Churchyard.

Killed age 22 on the 12th of September 1944
Son of Peter and Ivy Biggar, of Nakirikiri, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Orslev Churchyard, Denmark..
Grave location – Joint grave 11B.



BILLING
Bertram William Billing, RAF 1318831 – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 37
total sorties undertaken 40 (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 38 Ops with DC Brown’s crew as  W/Op, including 3 DNC – 09/04/1944 Attack Against Lille , 11/04/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen
2 Ops with LM O’Conner’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
09/04/1944 Attack Against Lille (DNC), 11/04/1944 Mining off La Rochelle (DNC), 18/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (LM O’Connor),, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai (LM O’Connor),, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen (DNC), 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 09/08/1944 Attack Against Fort D’Anglos, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin , 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre , 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville , 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen , 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne , 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss (DNC),, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais , 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg



BILLINGTON
Clifford Billington, RAF 539902 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 33 (88 % completion rate)

Undertook 10 Ops with WH Batger’s crew as  R/Gnr
23 Ops with R Hunt’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 4 DNC – 02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 80 (ABORTIVE) , 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE), 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period AUTHOR 11A ABORTIVE), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 17 (SUCCESSFUL), 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 78 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
06/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary (R/Gnr), 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 17/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Peenemunde, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim , 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne, 18/09/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 10/11/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen, 16/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target, 22/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target, 04/01/1944 Mining North of Biarritz, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 11/02/1944 Mining off Mouth of River Ardour, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 80 (ABORTIVE) (DNC),, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE) (DNC),, 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period AUTHOR 11A ABORTIVE) (DNC),, 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 17 (SUCCESSFUL), 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 78 (ABORTIVE) (DNC),, 13/03/1944 Mining off St. Nazaire, 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens, 20/04/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 22/04/1944 Attack Against Dusseldorf, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome



BILLSBOROUGH
A. Billsborough, RAF  – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 1 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with ES Wilkinson’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin



BIRCH
? Birch , RAF  – Pilot
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9
total sorties undertaken 9 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with Kilsby’s crew as  2nd Pilot
3 Ops with PGF Fletcher’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with GN Paarker’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
24/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel (Kilsby as 2nd Pilot), 29/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam (2nd Pilot), 02/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden (2nd Pilot), 04/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest (2nd Pilot), 06/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (2nd Pilot), 08/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (PGF Fletcher as 2nd Pilot), 09/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim (GN Parker as 2nd Pilot), 11/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (PGF Fletcher as 2nd Pilot), 17/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne (PGF Fletcher as 2nd Pilot),



BIRCH
John Gerald Birch, RNZAF NZ429035 – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 29 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 29 Ops with ARB Barton’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 22/10/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 06/12/1944 Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery, 16/12/1944 Attack Against Siegen, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 23/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne, 29/12/1944 Attack Against Coblenz (Lutzel Marshalling Yard), 31/12/1944 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 02/01/1945 Attack Against Nurnburg, 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss



BIRCH
Reuben William ‘Ron’ Birch, RAF 1629667 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3
total sorties undertaken 7 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with ELK Meharry’s crew as  R/Gnr plus 4 Post War flights

Tour History
29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 24/04/1945 Attack on Bad Oldesloe, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 04/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 29/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BIRNIE
John Douglas ‘Doug’ Birnie, RNZAF NZ431056 – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3
total sorties undertaken 7 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  W/Op
2 Ops with PL Trevarthen’s crew as  W/Op, plus 4 Post War flights.

Tour History
04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg (CH Baigent),  09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel (Trevarthen), 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 05/05/1945 Supply Dropping at the Hague, 10/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 12/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 25/05/1945 Repatriation of Belgian Refugees



BIRNIE
William George ‘Bill’ Birnie, RNZAF NZ429291 – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 30 (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 28 Ops with HC Yates’s crew as  Nav
2 Ops with DC Brown’s crew as  Nav, including 1 DNC – 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss

Tour History
09/08/1944 Attack Against Fort D’Anglos, 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel , 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre , 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville , 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers , 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen , 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss (DC Brown) (DNC), 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais (DC Brown), 26/10/1944 Attack Against Leverkusen, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 06/11/1944 Attack Against Coblenz, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 29/12/1944 Attack Against Coblenz (Lutzel Marshalling Yard), 31/12/1944 Attack Against Vohwinkel



BISH
J. Bish, RAF  – Flight Engineer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9
total sorties undertaken 15 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 9 Ops with HJD Treewheela’s crew as  F/E plus 6 Post War flights

Tour History
02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne, 12/03/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte, 17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg, 13/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt (DNC),, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 14/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 04/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 23/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 29/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BISHOP
Arthur John Bishop, RAF 1271480 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 16    killed on 17th Op
total sorties undertaken 17 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 17 Ops with GV Helm’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
27/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 14/06/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim), 24/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 25/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 03/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 16/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin

Stirling Mk.III EH905, AA-R was reported to have been struck by at least one bomb, dropped from an aircraft flying at a higher level over the target area.

The damaged aircraft came down near Ludwigsfelde-Heide, 18 miles south-south-west of Berlin. All crew except the two Air Gunners died and were buried initially in a collective grave in the Russian Prisoner of War Cemetery near where the aircraft crashed. They later were re-interred in the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery.

Killed age 22 on the 1st of September 1943
Son of Archibald John Bishop and of Ethel Dorothy Bishop (Nee Smith); Husband of Teresa Bishop, of Darlington, Co. Durham.
Buried Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. L. 7-17.
‘My John. R.I.P.’



BISHOP
O.  Bishop , RAF  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 27
total sorties undertaken 27 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 27 Ops with H Tweed’s crew as  Mu/Gnr & R/Gnr

Tour History
20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais (MU/ Gnr), 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss (R/Gnr), 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais , 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez , 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 06/11/1944 Attack Against Coblenz, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/12/1944 Sea Mining in Kattegat Area, 19/12/1944 Sea Mining in Dornbusch Area, 29/12/1944 Attack Against Coblenz (Lutzel Marshalling Yard), 31/12/1944 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 02/01/1945 Attack Against Nurnburg, 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen



BISHOP
Sidney Thomas Bishop, RAF 1322249 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9    killed on 10th Op
total sorties undertaken 11 (82 % completion rate)

Undertook 11 Ops with GW Rowberry’s crew as  W/Op, including 1 DNC – 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 174 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 30/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 03/03/1944 Mining off Cherbourg, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 174 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 71 (SUCCESSFUL), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 11 (SUCCESSFUL), 13/03/1944 Mining off St. Nazaire

No official account of the loss of the crew exists, or is officially accepted and as such the Rowberry crew are recorded as lost without trace.

Lost without trace age 22 on the 14th of March 1944
Son of Henry Edward and Edith Ethel Bishop, of East Acton, London.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 225.



BISSET
Stuart Richard Bisset, RNZAF NZ415738 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 5    killed on 6th Op
total sorties undertaken 6 (83 % completion rate)

Undertook 6 Ops with BB Wood’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
21/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 27/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 01/06/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim)

Stirling Mk.III EF408 AA-P was hit by flak and crashed at Gelsenkirchen. There were no survivors. All were buried in the Bismarck Friedhof, but later reinterred in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

Killed age 20 on the 23rd of June 1943
Son of Alexander and Aline Constance Bisset, of Kaitaia, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 19. G. 4-6.



BISSETT
William Montgomery  Bissett, RAF 1473254 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 1 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with JR Randle’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
24/10/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands
On the night of 24th October 1943, the aircraft captained by F/SGT. J.R. RANDLE, on returning from a sortie, as, apparently about to land, it crashed one and a half miles South West of this aerodrome and almost instantaneously caught fire and burnt out. The Captain, F/SGT. J.R. RANDLE, the Navigator, F/SGT. P.M. EAST, the Air Bomber SGT. J.J. PURVES and the Wireless Operator SGT. W.R. MYHILL were killed. The FLIGHT ENGINEER, SGT. I.E. JAMES and the Rear Gunner, SGT. E.H. BISSETT were admitted to R.A.F. Hospital ELY. The Mid Upper Gunner was uninjured.



BLACK
Charles Thomas Black, RAF 1377719 – Front Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 19    killed on 20th Op
total sorties undertaken 20 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with DL Pritchard’s crew as  F/Gnr
3 Ops with RP Widdowson’s crew as  R/Gnr
10 Ops with A Saunders’s crew as  R/Gnr
5 Ops with JW Black’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen (Prichard), 05/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Munster, 21/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg (Widdowson), 24/07/1941 Night Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 14/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne (Saunders), 02/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt, 06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls, 08/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel, 11/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 13/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 15/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 30/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Stettin and Hamburg, 10/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 12/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nuremburg, 24/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden (Black), 26/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Cherbourg, 01/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 04/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 07/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend

The other Wellington lost, X9976, was shot down by a German night fighter (pilot Ob Lt Helmut Lent, 4/NJG1) over the Netherlands, crashing at 01.20hrs at Oldeboorn (Friesland), 4 nautical miles East of Akkrum, Holland.

Killed age 30 on the 7th of November 1941
Son of Thomas and Bridget Black; Husband of Alice Josephine Black, of Islington, London, England.
Buried Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. H. 3-7.



BLACK
John Arthur Black, RAAF AUS.425420 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9  shot down on 10th Op
total sorties undertaken 10 (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 10 Ops with GK Williams’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 30/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Remscheld, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 04/11/1943 Mining in the Baltic Sea

According to the returning crews   from 75 (NZ) Sqn the weather was bad with poor visibility. One of the lost Stirlings was Stirling MK.III BF461 JN-B, which took off from Mepal just after 16:59 hrs. Nothing was heard from it after take-off. Like many of the aircraft BF-461 encountered German night fighters over Denmark, in this instance two Ju.88’s. The damage caused to the Stirling in the ensuing confrontation forced it to jettison its mines and attempt to return early to base. The Stirling crashed at Kallerup in Jutland, Denmark

P.o.W Number: 1766
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft 1 and Luft III
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known



BLACK
John William Black, RNZAF NZ402843 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6    killed on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 7 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with A Saunders’s crew as  2nd Pilot
2 Ops with Talbot’s crew as  2nd Pilot
2 Ops with NGC Ramsey’s crew as  2nd Pilot
 Op as Pilot

Tour History
11/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel (A Saunders as 2nd Pilot), 15/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (Talbot as 2nd Pilot), 17/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Karlsruhe (Talbot as 2nd Pilot),30/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Stettin and Hamburg (A Saunders as 2nd Pilot),10/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne (A Saunders as 2nd Pilot),26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend (NGC Ramsey as 2nd Pilot), 24/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden, 26/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburgh and Cherbourgh, 01/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 04/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 07/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend

The other Wellington lost, X9976, was shot down by a German night fighter (pilot Ob Lt Helmut Lent, 4/NJG1) over the Netherlands, crashing at 01.20hrs at Oldeboorn (Friesland), 4 nautical miles East of Akkrum, Holland.

Killed age 27 on the 7th of November 1941
Son of Allan and Elizabeth Welsh Black, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. H. 3-7.



BLACKBEE
Kenneth Arthur Blackbee, RAF  – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4  shot down on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with LEB Klitscher’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen

Lancaster Mk.III LM740 AA-B was en route to the target and was seen to leave the stream near Wesel (some 50mls from the target) with the port-inner engine feathered after being hit by heavy flak. The seven crew then apparently abandoned the aircraft after turning for home and landing relatively uninjured in enemy territory. They were all captured as P.o.W’s.

P.o.W Number: not known
P.o.W Camps: not known
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known.



BLACKBURN
James Blackburn, RAF  – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 1 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with Neate’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
22/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets D.55 and Flushing



BLACKMAN
George Joseph Blackman, RAF 1398967 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with JC Turner’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
17/10/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 07/11/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 22/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin

Stirling Mk.III EF148 AA-R was brought down over Germany, crashing near Achner, 10 miles North West of Osnabruck. There were no survivors. The seven crew members were buried at Achner but later reinterred at Reichswald Forest Cemetery, SW of Cleve.

Killed age 23 on the 22nd of November 1943
Son of George Henry and Mary Elizabeth Blackman, of Finsbury, London.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 26. A. 1.
‘Eternal rest
Grant unto him,
O Lord;
And let perpetual light
Shine upon him.
R.I.P.’



BLACKWELL
Richard Shuttleworth Blackwell, RAF 751892 – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4
total sorties undertaken 4 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with OR Matheson’s crew as  W/Op
3 Ops with NF Dixon’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
01/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Boulogne (OR Matheson), , 23/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Boulogne (NF Dixon), 03/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 12/03/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29



BLADES
J. Blades, RAF  – Flight Engineer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4
total sorties undertaken 4 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with LC Wright’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
27/04/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 04/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 09/05/1944, Mining in the Ile De Re Area, 13/05/1943ttack Against Targets at Bochum



BLAGG
? Blagg, RAF  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 5
total sorties undertaken 5 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with Sykes’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
06/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre, 08/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 11/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Le Havre, 15/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 27/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf



BLAIR
? Blair, RAF  – Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4
total sorties undertaken 4 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with Shilleto’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
06/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre, 08/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 30/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg, 12/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest



BLAKEWAY
Robert Boswell Blakeway, RNZAF NZ403486 – Pilot   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0  shot down on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with AHR Hawkins ‘s crew as  2nd Pilot
 Op with AHR Hawkins’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
15/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9918, AA-U was probably brought down by flak, near Hartenholm, about 24 miles North of Hamburg. Two crew members, Sgt R Robert Blakeway and Sgt W.Mullins RAF, successfully baled out and were taken prisoners of war. The rest of the crew were killed.

P.o.W Number: 39332
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags 9C, Luft VI, Luft IV and Luft I
Returned to the United Kingdom: 1st of May 1945



BLANCE
Ian Edward Blance, RNZAF NZ421496 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M was shot down in flames by a night-fighter over France, crashing at 01:25hrs close to Millery village, 3 miles North of Pompey. All but the Flight Engineer, Navigator and Rear Gunner died and were buried at the Millery cemetery. The surviving three crew members had baled out of the burning aircraft successfully. Sgt Hyde (F/E) and F/S Kirk (R/G), evaded capture and escaped but F/S Grieg (Nav) was captured as prisoner of war.

It was revealed that 1,500 local inhabitants of Millery Village turned out for the funeral of the four airmen who died. Two large rooms in the church were overflowing with flowers.

Killed age 21 on the 29th of July 1944
Son of John William and Ivy Bertha Blance, of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand.
Buried Millery Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Grave 4.



BLANK
John Frederick Blank, RNZAF NZ422175 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with FM McKenzie’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim)

BK810 was brought down at 02.10hrs at Oostrum (Limburg) about a mile E of Venray, Holland from a combination of AA fire and fighter attack. The latter pilot was believed to be Hptm Wilhelm Herget of I /NJG1. All five crew except P/O McKenzie and F/S Blank parachuted to safety and were captured as POW’s. McKenzie was buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery, while Blank is located in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

Killed age 20 on the 23rd of June 1943
Son of Julius C. and Ada Blank, of Oxford, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 31. D. 10.



BLEWETT
Terence Douglas ‘Tim’ Blewett, RNZAF NZ414376 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14    killed on 15th Op
total sorties undertaken 15 (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with HC Yates’s crew as  2nd Pilot
14 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld (HC Yates as 2nd Pilot), 12/12/1944 Attack Against Witten, 16/12/1944 Attack Against Siegen, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 23/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 27/12/1944 Attack Against Rheydt, 28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne, 31/12/1944 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 01/01/1945 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 03/01/1945 Attack Against Dortmund Oil Refinery, 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 07/01/1945 Attack Against Munich, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel

PB761 was returning home following a raid on a Benzol plant at Wanne-Eickel, Germany. Although only a short distance from base, the aircraft inexplicably flew into the ground at 04.20hrs near Wooditon, Suffolk, just south of Newmarket, and burst into flames. The captain and air-bomber were killed but the other five crew escaped injured. The navigator died of his injuries the following day.

Killed age 26 on the 17th of January 1945
Son of Leonard Francis Blewett, and of Leonora Blewett (Nee Sorrell), of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, England..
Grave location – Grave 15558.



BLINCOE
Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 21    killed on 22nd Op
total sorties undertaken 22 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 22 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
20/08/1942 Gardening Off St. Nazaire, 27/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 28/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg, 01/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken, 02/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Karlsruhe, 04/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 06/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 08/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 10/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 13/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 14/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 16/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Essen, 02/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 05/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Aachen, 06/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck, 09/10/1942 Operations. Gardening off East Frisian Islands, 13/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Kiel, 28/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin, 09/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin, 16/12/1942 Operations. Gardening off Bordeaux, 23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 03/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg

R.9280 was attacked by a German night-fighter over the Netherlands, while returning to base. The aircraft crashed at 20.00hrs in the vicinity of Ingen, 6miles NNE of Tiel, Hollnd. All on board were killed. They were buried in Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery.

Killed age 33 on the 3rd of February 1943.
Son of Francis Blincoe and of Ruth Blincoe (Nee Packer), of Nelson, New Zealand; Husband of Ida Annie Blincoe, of Murchison, Nelson.
Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 13. Grave 212.



BLOOMFIELD
Melvin Russell ‘Red’ Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 20
total sorties undertaken 23 (87 % completion rate)

Undertook 23 Ops with J Wainwright’s crew as  A/B, including 3 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE), 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 136 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
02/01/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 06/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary. 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 20/01/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 04/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of the Gironde Estuary, 20/02/1944 Mining off St. Malo, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 20 (SUCCESSFUL), 13/03/1944 Mining off Lorient, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 136 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens, 09/04/1944 Attack against Villeneuve St. George, 11/04/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen



BLOXHAM
Malcolm Victor Bloxham, RAF 552574 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 17    killed on 18th Op
total sorties undertaken 18 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 18 Ops with G Turner’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
04/07/1943 Mining off Ille de Re, 08/07/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 13/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Aachen, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 16/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim , 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim

Stirling Mk.III EH936 JN-W, was brought down near the target Mannheim, crashing at Dirmstein, 5 miles North of Frankenthal. There were no survivors.

Killed age 21 on the 23rd of September 1943
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 21. B. 15-18.



BLUCK
Norman Bradford Bluck, RNZAF NZ40364 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11    killed on 12th Op
total sorties undertaken 12 (92 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with R Broadbent’s crew as  2nd Pilot
10 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
12/05/1943 Duisburg (R Broadbent as 2nd Pilot), 13/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bochum (R Broadbent as 2nd Pilot), 16/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 21/05/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 25/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal,, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 19/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim), 24/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal

Stirling Mk.I EH902 AA-K was brought down either by AA fire or a night-fighter, crashing into the sea off Wissenkerke on the Dutch island of Beveland. There were no survivors. The bodies were all recovered and four of the crew buried in Vlissingen Northern Cemetery. The other three were buried at Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery.

Killed age 22 on the 24th of June 1943
Son of Walter Bradford Bluck and of Eileen Maud Bluck (Nee Atchison), of Otorohanga, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Flushing (Vlissingen) Northern Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – Row F. Grave 12.



BLUE
Roderick Wilfred Blue, RNZAF NZ426307 – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31
total sorties undertaken 31 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 31 Ops with L Boyer’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
03/09/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrom At Eindhoven, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards



BLUNDELL
James Sutton Blundell, RAF 977531 – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 30
total sorties undertaken 30 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 24 Ops with GR Simich’s crew as  W/Op
6 Ops with WJ Rees’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
10/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam, 14/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 21/02/1941 Bombing Attacks on Wilhelmshaven, 23/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Boulogne, 26/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 01/03/1941 Bombing Attacks on Cologne
03/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 15/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Agianst Lorient, 18/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Rotterdam, 23/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin, 27/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk?, 03/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Agianst Brest, 06/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Agianst Brest, 07/04/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel, 09/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin, 14/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Brest, 16/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Bremen, 17/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin, 24/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel, 29/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam, 08/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 09/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 11/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 17/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne, 23/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne (WJ Rees), 27/05/1941 Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser, 10/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 16/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 18/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 27/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Bremen



BLUNDELL
John James Blundell, RAF 2205143 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 17    killed on 18th Op
total sorties undertaken 20 (85 % completion rate)

Undertook 20 Ops with E Howell’s crew as  F/E, including 2 DNC – 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 03/06/1944 Attack Against Calais, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 07/06/1944 Attack Against Massy Palaiseau, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), , 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg

Lancaster Mk.III PA967 AA-D was brought down by a night-fighter at approximately 01:00hrs in the countryside some 2.5 miles North of Nederweert (Lisburg) and 2.5 miles from the centre of Weert, Holland. There were no survivors. All crew are buried in the Jonkerbos War Cemetery.

Killed age 19 on the 21st of July 1944.
Son of John Thomas Blundell and Ellen Blundell, of Liverpool.
Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.
Grave location – Coll. grave 4. H. 2-8. 198



BOAG
Robert James Boag, RAAF AUS.432097 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 21    killed on 22nd Op
total sorties undertaken 23 (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 23 Ops with JA McIntosh’s crew as  W/Op, including 1 DNC – 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais

Tour History
20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais (DNC), 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Wessling, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 06/11/1944 Attack Against Coblenz, 11/11/1944 Sea Mining in Oslo Fjord, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld

Lancaster Mk.I NF980 JN-F received a direct hit by flak over the target and it appeared to another crew flying close by, to have lost most of its tail-plane. The aircraft fell sharply out of the sky and struck the ground violently. The rear gunner was the only survivor but he too, died from his injuries in a hospital about 3 weeks later.

Killed age 24 on the 30th of November 1944
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Boag, of Arncliffe, New South Wales, Australia.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 25. A. 13-18



BOARD
Kenneth Birt Board, RAF 3030159 – Flight Engineer    (evader)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 2 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with GA Brunton’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
07/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay, 09/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay

7th of August 1944 – Attack Against Mare De Magne
Lancaster Mk.I HK567 AA – C
Pilot – Godfrey Arnold Brunton

The target was enemy troops and armour concentrations at Mare De Magne, being made in direct support of the Allied Armies advance in the Caen area. Seventeen aircraft were detailed, all of which took off and dropped their bombs with the aid of markers, and a concentrated raid developed. Opposition from A.A. fire was very slight, but a few enemy fighters were active. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat and another (Captain 150278 .F/O. G. Brunton) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK567 AA – C crashed in the target area, having been attacked by a JU.88. The crew were unable to extinguish the starboard outer engine which had been set alight as a result of the attack. At his point, F/O Brunton, the Pilot, gave the order to abandon the aircraft.

The two RAF Air Gunners did not survive the crash and were buried in the St-Valery-en-Caux Cemetery. All the remaining five crew survived and 4 successfully evaded capture.

His IS9 debrief report was as follows:
“My flight and experiences are the same as F/O Brunton up to the time that I baled out. I landed north-east of St.Sxlyestae Le Co [Sp] about 03:00 hrs on the 8th of  August 1944. I hid my harness, mae west and parachute, and then lay up in some thick brambles on the hillside nearby. A few hours later I came down from the hillside and sat on a fence near a farmhouse. Shortly afterwards a young girl came up to me and told me that F/O Brunton was sheltering in the farmhouse. She took me to meet F/O Brunton and from this point my story is the same as his”.

Left France the 28th of August 1944.

Returned to the United Kingdom: 28th of August 1944.

 


BODE
John William Bode, RAF 1185743 – Observer   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with AD McKay’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
07/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay, 09/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay

All are buried at Buxton, Derbyshire, except Sgt Hayton, RAF, who is buried in the Byker and Heaton Cemetery, Newcastle-on-Tyne, his hometown.

Killed age 22 on the 22nd of May 1942.
Son of Howard James Bode and Caroline Bode, of Northfield, Birmingham.
Buried Buxton Cemetery, Derbyshire, England..
Grave location – Grave 4181
‘Rest in peace’



BODLEY
Arthur John Wilson ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 20
total sorties undertaken 21 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with GA Lane’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with PJO Buck ‘s crew as  W/Op, including 1 DNC – 08/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg
19 Ops with DCLowe’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
13/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 14/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 16/02/1943 Mining in the Bordeaux area, 18/02/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 19/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 25/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 26/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 28/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire, 01/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 03/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 05/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 08/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 11/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 27/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 08/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg (DNC), 10/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 16/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven, 13/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bochum, 23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 25/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal



BOESE
Frank Arthur Boese, RAF 1293282 – Observer   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 19    killed on 20th Op
total sorties undertaken 20 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 20 Ops with KH Blincoe’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
20/08/1942 Gardening Off St. Nazaire, 27/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 28/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg, 01/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken, 02/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Karlsruhe, 04/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 06/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 08/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 10/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 13/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 14/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 16/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Essen, 02/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 05/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Aachen, 06/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck, 28/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin, 09/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin, 16/12/1942 Operations. Gardening off Bordeaux, 23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 03/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg

R.9280 was attacked by a German night-fighter over the Netherlands, while returning to base. The aircraft crashed at 20.00hrs in the vicinity of Ingen, 6 miles North North East of Tiel, Hollnd. All on board were killed. They were buried in Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery.

Killed age 22 on the 3rd of February 1943.
Son of Arthur and Carrie Boese, of East Ham, Essex; Husband of Irene Emily Boese (Nee Middleton), of East Ham.
Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 5. Grave 92.
‘With tender love And deep regret We who loved you Will never forget’  



BOFFEE
Norman Maxwell Boffee, RAF 37343 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14
total sorties undertaken 14 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 14 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
14/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Antwerp and Soest, 26/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Le Havre, 29/09/1940 Bombing Atacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK, 08/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, Marshalling Yards Gremburg and Cologne, 10/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.68, A.28, A.71, and Eindhoven Aerodrome, 14/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.76 and CC.24., 16/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.3 at KIEL, 21/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.2 and A.28, 23/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Berlin, Potsdam Station, D.148., 08/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.487 and A.70
14/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets G.30, CC.47, SOESTERBURG AERODROME, AND SCHIPOL, 26/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.501, B.51, M.138, 06/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Area 1, Area 2, Area 3., 09/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target CC.26



BOHILLS
Emile John Bohills, RAF 1576663 – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 5
total sorties undertaken 5 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with RA Evans’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
16/12/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 20/12/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/12/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 11/02/1944 Mining off Morlaix, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay



BOLLAND
A. Bolland, RAF  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 26
total sorties undertaken 31 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 6 Ops with WJ Farr’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with NM McRitchie’s crew as  R/Gnr
19 Ops with M Watson’s crew as  R/Gnr, plus 5 Post War flights.

Tour History
06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre (WJ Farr), 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 04/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg (NM McRItchie as Mu/Gnr, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden (M Watson), 03/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden, 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 04/03/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln, 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 12/03/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte
18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam, 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 14/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 28/05/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive (M Watson as Mu/Gnr),



BOLSHAW
? Bolshaw, RAF  – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7
total sorties undertaken 7 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with H Machin’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
01/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 06/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre, 07/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend, 08/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 11/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Le Havre, 15/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 27/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf



BOND
Geoffrey Alec Arthur Bond, RAF 1801229 – Flight Engineer   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6  shot down on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 7 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with M Wyatt’s crew as  F/E
6 Ops with KA McGregor’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
06/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 16/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin (M Wyatt), 22/08/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin

Stirling Mk.III EF501 AA – K, was shot down by a night-fighter South West of Berlin, crashing at Potsdam. All crew except the Flight Engineer and Mid Upper Gunner were killed and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The two survivors, Sgt Bond and Sgt Dummett, were captured as P.o.W’s.

P.o.W Number: 43256
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VI/357
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known



BONE
Albert George Bone, RNZAF NZ4211608 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9
total sorties undertaken 17 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with D St. Clements’s crew as  Pilot
8 Ops as Pilot , plus 8 Post War flights

Tour History
01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln, 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg, 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam, 29/04/1945 Supply Dropping in the Delf Area, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 04/05/1945 Supply Dropping at the Hague and Delft, 10/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 14/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 16/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 29/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BONE
John Henry Bone, RAF 1449499 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 5
total sorties undertaken 5 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with WM Allen’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
22/10/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 07/11/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen, 04/01/1944 Mining North of Biarritz



BONISCH
Lester Lascelles Bonisch, RNZAF NZ422098 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 15    killed on 16th Op
total sorties undertaken 16 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 16 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
25/03/1944 Attack Against targets at Aulneye, 26/03/1944 Attack against Targets at Courtrai, 20/04/1944 Mining in the Brest Estuary, 23/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux

Shortly after target, ME702, AA-Q was hit twice by flak, before breaking up in the air. All the crew was killed, except for Bernard ‘Bill’ Allen, the crew’s Mid Upper Gunner. From Bill Allen’s War Log, the following is his memory of this event:

“The bomb aimer directed the plane on to the target, and gave the words “bombs gone” to the skipper, to which the skipper replied “bomb doors closing”. No sooner had he got the words from his mouth than there was a terrific crash, me seat collapsed, my intercom went dead, I felt terrific pain in my left leg, and the aircraft was filled with flame and smoke. I scrambled for my parachute which was lying near the main entrance of the aircraft, up this end the smoke and flames were most dense. At first I couldn’t find my chute in the smoke, my eyes were running and sore, and the aircraft was swinging from side to side so that I fell to the floor and had to claw my way along by clutching at the hydraulic pipes along the sides of the fuselage. I got to my chute and hooked it on, simultaneously there was another crash, the plane gave a lurch and the next thing I knew I was sailing through space. I grabbed the rip cord and pulled it, the chute opened quite easily and I floated down to earth wondering what had happened, and listening to the second wave of Lanc’s bombing the target.”

Killed age 21 on the 11th of June 1944
Son of Ernest Joseph and Clara Adelaide Bonisch, of Gisborne, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Bayeux War Cemetery, France.
Grave location – XI. K. 2. 167



BOOMSMA
Albert Thomas Boomsma, RAF 1331148 – Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 24
total sorties undertaken 24 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RH Laud’s crew as  W/Op
23 Ops with JL Mitchell’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
05/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands (RH Laud), , 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal (JL Mitchell), 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 19/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim), 24/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 25/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 03/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 16/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim , 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover



BOOTH
Clifford Booth, RAF 1034046 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 23    killed on 24th Op
total sorties undertaken 26 (88 % completion rate)

Undertook 26 Ops with JK McRae’s crew as  W/Op, including 2 DNC – 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen

Tour History
10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund (DNC), 24/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen (DNC), 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart

Lancaster Mk.I HK575 AA-O was brought down by a night-fighter at approximately 02:50hrs between Burlioncourt (Moselle) and Château-Salins. There were no survivors. All crew members are buried in a Communal Cemetery at Château-Voué, near where the aircraft crashed.

Killed age 23 on the 25th of July 1944
Son of Harry and Mary Edith Hinchliffe Booth; Husband of Margaret Booth, of Holmbridge, Yorkshire.
Buried Chateau-Voue Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-3.
‘At the going down
Of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them’



BOOTH
Ronald  Booth, RAF 1096896 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with JR Mayo’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
06/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary

Stirling Mk.III BK614 JN-N was lost without trace. All seven crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 21 on the 7th of August 1943.
Son of Charles Wilfred and Eva Booth, of Royton, Lancashire.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 143.



BOOTS
Robert Frederick Boots, RAF 1385979 – Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 2 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with JL Mitchell’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
09/05/1943 Mining in the Ile De Re Area, 13/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bochum



BOSSON
Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Front Gunner/ Wireless Operator/ Rear Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 34
total sorties undertaken 34 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 9 Ops with CM Hill’s crew as  F/Gnr
18 Ops with R Legget’s crew as  W/Op, F/Gnr & R/Gnr
7 Ops with AG Osborne’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
09/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (CM Hill as F/Gnr), 12/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kiel (CM Hill as F/Gnr), 25/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen (CM Hill), 28/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Lubeck, 01/04/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hanau and Le Havre (CM Hill as F/Gnr), 05/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Cologne (CM Hill as F/Gnr), 06/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen (CM Hill as F/Gnr), 10/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen (CM Hill as F/Gnr), 12/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at LeHavre and Essen (CM Hill as F/Gnr), 22/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne (R Leggett), 23/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Rostock, 27/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne and Mine Laying off Heligoland, 29/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Gennevilliers (R Leggett as F/Gnr), 02/05/1942 Gardening – St. Nazaire, 04/05/1942 Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart, 06/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart, 15/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay (R Leggett as F/Gnr), 19/05/1942 Attacks Against Mannheim and St. Nazaire, 21/05/1942 Gardening at La Pallice and Lorient (R Leggett as R/Gnr), 30/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 01/06/1942 Attacks Against Targets at Esse, 02/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 05/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 06/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 08/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 16/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 17/06/1942 Mine-Laying off Frisian Islands, 19/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden (AG Osborne), 20/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 22/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 25/06/1942 Attack on Targets at Bremen, 29/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 13/07/1942 Attack Against Duisburg, 21/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg



BOSWELL
John McLaren Boswell, RNZAF NZ414491 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RF Westwood’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
05/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands

Stirling Mk.I EF430 AA-Q was engaged by AA fire while transiting the Dutch coastal area and was brought down in the Waddenzee, South East of Vlieland, at 01:15hrs. None of the crew survived. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 26 on the 5th of May 1943.
Son of David Mclaren Boswell and Mary Ellen Boswell, of Petone, Wellington, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 199.



BOSWORTH
M. Bosworth, RAF  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6
total sorties undertaken 12 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 6 Ops with FR Bader’s crew as  Mu/Gnr plus 6 Post War flights

Tour History
06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen, 17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 08/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Rotterdam, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 15/05/1945, Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 04/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment, 28/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive



BOTTOMLEY
Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAF 943398 – Front Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 22    killed on 23rd Op
total sorties undertaken 23 (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 17 Ops with PR Coney’s crew as  F/Gnr
6 Ops with FC Fox’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
21/03/1941 Bombing Attacks on Ostend and L’Orient (PR Coney), 27/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk?, 14/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Brest, 16/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Bremen, 17/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin, 29/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam, 02/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden, 04/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 17/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne, 23/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 10/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 12/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamm, 16/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 18/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 21/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk, 24/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf, 27/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Bremen, 30/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne (FC Fox), , 10/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 13/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen, 15/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg, 21/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg, 24/07/1941 Night Attacks Against Targets at Kiel

Shot down after bombing target Mannheim 6.8.41; ditched in North Sea; crew 4 POW and 2 killed:

Lost without trace age 24 on the 7th of August 1941
Son of Benjamin and Nellie Bottomley, of Bradford, Yorkshire.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 40.



BOULTON
Francis Geoffrey Boulton, RAF 1625003 – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14
total sorties undertaken 15 (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 15 Ops with RB Crawford’s crew as  Nav, including 1 DNC – 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss

Tour History
28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne, 29/12/1944 Attack Against Coblenz (Lutzel Marshalling Yard), 31/12/1944 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 03/01/1945 Attack Against Dortmund Oil Refinery, 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss (DNC), 07/01/1945 Attack Against Munich, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 03/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund – seriously injured on crash landing at Base



BOURGEOIS
Hubert Joseph Bourgeois, RAF 798662 – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4
total sorties undertaken 4 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with C Eddy’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
01/06/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 05/06/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 13/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Aachen – seriously injured on final Op



BOURNE
 Bourne, RAF  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 20
total sorties undertaken 20 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 13 Ops with RF Brooks’s crew as  R/Gnr
7 Ops with H Machin’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen (RF Brooks), 05/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Munster, 21/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg, 24/07/1941 Night Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 03/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais, 14/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 17/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg, 26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne, 29/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 02/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt, 08/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel, 20/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend, 01/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel (H Machin), 06/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre, 07/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend, 08/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 11/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Le Havre, 15/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 27/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf



BOWES
Raymond Trevor Bowes, RNZAF NZ424066 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3
total sorties undertaken 7 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with ID Reddish’s crew as  Mu/Gnr plus 1 Post War flights
0 Op with WG Reay’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, plus 3 Post War flights.

Tour History
14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 31/05/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive (WG Reay), 25/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BOX
Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 30
total sorties undertaken 30 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with CK Saxelby’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with GC Kain’s crew as  R/Gnr
18 Ops with Kilsby’s crew as  R/Gnr
8 Ops with RP Widdowson’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with DL Pritchard’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
04/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61. (CK Saxelby), 08/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on TargetsDon.192, D.197. and Wilhelmshaven, 10/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam(GC Kain), , 14/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen (KIlsby), 23/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Boulogne, 26/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 12/03/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29, 13/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Hamburg, 15/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Lorient, 18/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Rotterdam, 23/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin, 27/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk?, 03/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 06/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 07/04/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel, 16/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Bremen, 24/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel, 29/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam, 02/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden, 04/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 06/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg 27/05/1941 Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser (RP Widdowson), 10/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 12/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamm, 16/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf (Dl Prichard), 18/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest (RP Widdowson), 21/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk, 24/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf, 03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 07/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster



BOX
Douglas Charles Box, RAF 1578987 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4  shot down on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with DC Henley’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
24/08/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 26/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin

Stirling Mk.III EE878 AA – P, was badly damaged by flak and by night-fighter action near the target area. With the port inner engine out of action, and the port elevator only partially effective, considerable height was lost evading the fighter before control was regained. They were now almost out of fuel and at low level when the Pilot ordered the crew to bale out. Some of the crew succeeded in clearing the plane before it crash-landed at Ahrbruk, 7miles South West of Ahrweiler. The Navigator and Air Bomber were killed when their parachutes failed to deploy in time. The Pilot died at the controls. Those who died were buried at municipal cemetery at Mayschoss, but later reinterred in the RheinbergWar Cemetery, south of Wesel. The other four crew all survived but were captured as P.o.W’s.

P.o.W Number: 222357
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags IVB, Luft III. Promoted to F/Sgt whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known



BOXALL
Charles Henry George Boxall, RAF 1393248 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6    killed on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 7 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with K Halliburton’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
06/04/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 16/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven, 20/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Rostock, 22/04/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 26/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 28/04/1943 Mining in Kiel Bay

Took off at 20.42 hrs from R.A.F. Newmarket in Suffolk. Part of a huge 207 aircraft force on a “Gardening” (Mine laying) operation. A total of 593 mines were laid off Heligoland, in the river Elbe and in the Great and Little Belts. Low cloud base forced the aircraft to fly very low over the German and Danish coasts. Because of this they took very heavy flak and also attacks from Luftwaffe night fighters.
Although this was the largest mine laying operation in one night of the whole war it came at a price. A total of 22 aircraft were lost (75 (NZ) Squadron RAF lost 4 aircraft alone, with a total of 28 crew members killed) – 9 aircraft were lost by the night fighters and the remainder from the flak.

There are no known details regarding the loss of W7513 and her crew, all being lost without trace. Stirling W7513 is not on the Luftwaffe claims list for this raid so it is thought that it had been taken down by flak All crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 19 on the 28th of April 1943.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 143.



BOXELL
Ronald Henry Boxell, RAF 1331932 – Wireless Operator   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14  shot down on 15th Op
total sorties undertaken 15 (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 15 Ops with AJ Thomas’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
27/04/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 04/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 09/05/1943 Mining in the Ile De Re Area, 13/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bochum, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 14/06/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 19/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim), 25/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 03/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 30/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Remscheld

Stirling Mk.III BF458 JN – A, was brought down to the North of Krefeld, near Bockum and Uerdingen. The sole survivors were the Navigator and the Wireless Operator who were captured as P.o.W’s. The Flight Engineer and Mid Upper Gunner were buried in the Reichswald Forest Cemetery. The other three are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

P.o.W Number: 222430
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag IVB
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known



BOYD
William James Victor Boyd, RNZAF NZ428303 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 15    killed on 16th Op
total sorties undertaken 16 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 16 Ops with WO Hadley’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 29/08/1944 Mining in the Gulf of Danzig, 03/09/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrom At Eindhoven, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers, 11/09/1944 Mining in the Baltic Sea

Lancaster Mk.I LM268 AA-D was brought down at 00:15hrs by a night-fighter near the southern end of Sjælland Island, Denmark. The aircraft crashed onto a farmhouse near the township of Orslev, killing five members of the family. Only two of the crew, the Fight Engineer and Air Bomber, succeeded in baling out, the former evading capture and the latter, although badly hurt, was aided by locals and hospitalized before being turned over to the authorities.

Of those in the crew who died, the Pilot and Rear Gunner were buried in the local Churchyard at Orslev while the other three were buried at the Svino Churchyard.

Killed age 20 on the 12th of September 1944.
Son of James Benjamin Boyd and of Lucy Eileen Boyd (Nee Westley), of Mapua, Nelson, New Zealand.
Buried Svino Churchyard, Denmark.
Grave location – Coll. grave 88.



BOYER
Leonard Boyer, RAF 1602332, 184498 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 32
total sorties undertaken 32 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with VJ Andrew’s crew as  2nd Pilot
31 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim (VJ Andrew as 2nd Pilot), 03/09/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrom At Eindhoven, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville , 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards



BOYES
Eric Arthur Boyes,  1324428, 144324 – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 30
total sorties undertaken 31 (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 31 Ops with GMF Moore’s crew as  Nav, including 1 DNC – 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne
17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin , 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville , 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers , 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen, 16/09/1944 Attack Against Moerdijk , 17/09/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 27/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich



BOYLE
G. Boyle, RAF  – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9
total sorties undertaken 15 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  Nav
8 Ops with RJ Hamilton’s crew as  Nav, plus 6 Post War flights.

Tour History
06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen, 09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln, 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 24/04/1945 Attack on Bad Oldesloe, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 05/05/1945 Supply Dropping at the Hague, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of, Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 23/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 12/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive



BRADDOCK
Wilson Eli Braddock, RAF 1267404 – Observer   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4  shot down on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with A Ashworth’s crew as  Obs
1 Op with L StG Dobbin’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
31/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf (A Ashworth), 04/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 06/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 09/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck, 11/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Mainz (L StG Dobbin)
Wellington Mk.III BJ.767 AA – V, was brought down in the vicinity of Venlo (Limburg), Holland. BJ.767 was attacked by an Me.110 and after 5 minutes was on fire. The Observer, Sgt. William Braddock, having been knocked unconscious by shrapnel, came round to discover that Sgt.’s McQueen and Elson had already baled out. Sgt. Williams helped the Front Gunner from his turret and fixed the Pilots parachute and then was ordered by F/S Dobbin to bale out, which he did.  It would appear that the Pilot, F/S Dobbin and Sgt. Jury the Front Gunner, failed to exit the stricken aircraft before it crashed.

Three of the crew survived the crash and were taken prisoners of war, indicating the captain, F/L Dobbin, had probably attempted a crash landing. Unfortunately he and Sgt Jury both failed to survive and were buried initially at Venlo.

P.o.W Number: 325637
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, StalagVIIIB/344. Promoted to W/O whilst interred.
Returned to the United Kingdom: 28th of April 1945



BRADEY
George Edward Francis Bradey, RNZAF NZ401954 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 10    killed on 11th Op
total sorties undertaken 11 (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with IJ Shepherd’s crew as  2nd Pilot
6 Ops with RJ Newton’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with AA Fraser’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
08/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (IJ Shepherd as 2nd Pilot), 26/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre, 28/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Lubeck, 01/04/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hanau and Le Havre, 08/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Hamburg (RJ Newton as 2nd Pilot), 10/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen, 14/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Dortmund and Le Havre, 23/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Rostock, 25/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Rostock and Dunkirk, 27/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne and Mine Laying off Heligoland, 08/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (AA Fraser as 2nd Pilot),

On the 12th of August 1942 Wellington Mk.III X3646 crashed into the North Sea. Piloting the aircraft that night was George Edward Francis Bradey, who had earlier been severely wounded in the abdomen by flak, whilst attacking the target of Mainz with 8 other aircraft from 75(NZ) Squadron RAF.

The aircraft was struck by flak on the return flight, severely wounding the Captain in the abdomen. He was able to keep the aircraft on a westerly course till they were over the Dutch coast. A descent was made to 2,000ft and the crew was ordered to bale out but soon after, the aircraft ditched in the sea.

The remaining details of the incident do not seem that clear. Of the crew of 6, 5 were killed. The only survivor being the Rear Gunner Sgt. J. E. London, who was captured and spent the remainder of the War as a Prisoner.

Lost without trace age 25 on the 11th of August 1942.
Son of John Frederick and Constance Bradey, of Maharahara, Hawke’S Bay, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 115.



BRADLEY
Thomas Bolger Bradley, RAAF AUS413338 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 26
total sorties undertaken 28 (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RD Max’s crew as  A/B, including 1 DNC – 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 66 (ABORTIVE)
1 Op with AR Young’s crew as  A/B, including 1 DNC – 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TOM 46 (ABORTIVE)
26 Ops with SA Clark’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
02/10/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands (SA Clark), 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 22/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 25/11/1943 Mining in the Bay of Biscay, 04/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 04/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of the Gironde Estuary, 10/02/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of River Ardour, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 05/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period PETER 8 (SUCCESSFUL), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 20 (SUCCESSFUL), 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 66 (ABORTIVE) (RD Max) (DNC), , 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TOM 46 (ABORTIVE) (AR Young) (DNC), 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens (SA Clark), 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux



BRADY
Maurice Archibald Brady, RNZAF NZ39987 – Wireless Operator   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1  shot down on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with JHR Carey’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
27/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal

Stirling Mk.III EH881 AA-Z was brought down at Eilendorf, outside the township of Aachen (35 miles South West of Cologne). The Pilot and two Gunners died in the crash and are buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery. The other four crew all escaped uninjured, either by parachute or from the wrecked aircraft, and were captured as P.o.W’s.

P.o.W Number: 79
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft VI and 357. Promoted to W/O while interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: 7th of May 1945



BRAILEY
Clifton Robert Brailey, RNZAF NZ404587 – Front Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2    killed on 3rd Op
total sorties undertaken 3 (67 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with R Bertram’s crew as  F/Gnr
2 Ops with AA Fraser’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
05/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 19/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 20/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden

The exact fate of X.3760 AA-L is not known, however it is very likely that the aircraft was shot down by a German night-fighter, crashing into the sea west of Ameland, near the Frisians.

There were no survivors.

Whilst the exact fate of X.3760 is not known, it is almost certain that the aircraft was shot down by a German night-fighter, crashing into the sea west of Ameland, near the Frisians. There were no survivors. The front gunner, Sgt Brailey, was lost without trace and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The bodies of the other four were eventually washed ashore and are buried near where they were found.

Lost without trace age 23 on the 21st of June 1942.
Son of James Frederick and Gwendoline Elizabeth Brailey, of Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 117.



BRAMWELL
Walter Bramwell, RAF 1051374 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with RB Vernazoni’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
27/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal


Stirling Mk.I EF398 AA-A was shot down at 01:49hrs by a night-fighter (Oblt Manfred Meurer, I. /NJG1) The aircraft crashed between Vlodrop and Roermond (Limburg), while overflying the Netherlands en route to the target There were no survivors. Five crew have no known graves. The two gunners are buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery after being found in a temporary military cemetery at Venlo.

Lost without trace age 22 on the 30th of May 1943
Son of Stanley Bramwell, and of Lucy Bramwell, of Hoyland Common, Yorkshire.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 143.



BRAUN
Michael Ryves Braun, RAF 42390 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 15    killed on 16th Op
total sorties undertaken 18 (83 % completion rate)

Undertook 16 Ops with DJ Harkness’s crew as  2nd Pilot, including 2 DNC – 04/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target F.49 and M.431, 01/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST
2 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
28/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target C.37. (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 02/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.28 in Ruhr  (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot),04/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target F.49 and M.431 (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), (DNC), 14/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, M.434, & M.116 (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 20/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.70 and A.71 (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434. (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 03/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71 at HORST (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 06/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.73 and A.28. (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 09/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.84. (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 13/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.82, L.82, and D.7. (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 15/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.85. (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 17/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.97, K.62 and M.434 (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 19/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.17 and M.431 (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 24/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.161 and M.434 (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 26/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on G.82, C.38 DUISBURG, ARNHEIM, and FLUSHING (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 01/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), (DNC), 18/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets M.480, Z.40, and Le Havre, 20/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Enemy Territory

Wellington Mk.1c T.2463 AA-E,  was shot down by coastal anti-aircraft batteries, crashing near Leffinge, Belgium, 8km South South West of Ostend. All crew members were killed.

Killed age 19 on the 20th of September 1940.
Son of Walter W. Braun and of Mariquila Braun (Nee Ryves), of Wimbledon, Surrey.
Buried Ostende New Communal Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – Plot 9. Row 4. Grave 3.
‘… and left the vivid air Signed with their honour’



BRAY
? Bray, RAF  – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 2 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
Possibly on loan to Squadron for Operation Millenium

30/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 01/06/1942 Attacks Against Targets at Essen



BRAY
Robert Walter Bray, RAF 113927 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 24
total sorties undertaken 24 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 8 Ops with GN Parker ‘s crew as  2nd Pilot
16 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen (GN Parker as 2nd Pilot), 07/07/1941, Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster (GN Parker as 2nd Pilot), 10/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne (GN Parker as 2nd Pilot), 13/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen (GN Parker as 2nd Pilot), 15/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg (GN Parker as 2nd Pilot), 03/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover (GN Parker as 2nd Pilot), 06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais (GN Parker as 2nd Pilot), 08/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (GN Parker as 2nd Pilot), 26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne, 29/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls, 08/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel, 11/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 13/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 15/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Genoa and Frankfurt, 15/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne, 01/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 07/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend, 26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend, 30/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg, 12/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 23/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 27/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf



BRAZIER
Daniel ‘Dan’ Brazier, RAF  – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9
total sorties undertaken 9 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 9 Ops with EE Butler’s crew as  W/Op
 Op with DW Thomson’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 26/10/1944 Attack Against Leverkusen, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 11/11/1944 Attack Against Castrop Rauxel



BRECKELL
John Adam Breckell, RAF 60077 – Observer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 27
total sorties undertaken 27 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 27 Ops with GN Parker’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
31/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Rotterdam, 03/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 06/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 07/04/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel, 09/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin, 14/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Brest, 16/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Bremen, 24/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel, 02/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden, 04/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 17/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne, 23/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 27/05/1941 Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser, 10/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 12/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamm, 16/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 18/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 21/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk, 24/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf, 03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 07/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster, 10/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 13/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen, 15/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg, 03/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais, 08/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg



BRECKON
Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025, 70016 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 31 (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 31 Ops as Pilot , including 3 DNC – 15/05/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.79 (Holten Sterkrade) and Target A.H.18 (Bridges at Turnhout), 28/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory Roulers and Menin), 06/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.1 – Submarine Yards at BREMEN

Tour History
13/03/1940 Bombing attacks on Happisburgh, 06/04/1940 Nickel Operation over the Area of Neinburg – Petershagen, 12/04/1940 Daylight reconnaisance to Narvik, Norway, 12/05/1940 Bombing attacks on Target A.J.8. (Krefold-Verdingen), 15/05/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.79 (Holten Sterkrade) and Target A.H.18 (Bridges at Turnhout) (DNC), 17/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets, A.64, A.75, A.79, M.435, M.464, M.458, AC.6 and AC.7, 19/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory, 21/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Aachen and Dinant), 25/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Target AR.10) and Reconnaissance of Area Between Courtrai and Brussels, 28/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory Roulers and Menin) (DNC), , 31/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target G.1 Nieuport, 03/06/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.28 DUSSELDORF, 07/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on CHIMAY, ST. VALERY, ABBEVILLE, PONT REMY, 13/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G9 and G6., 17/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.73., 19/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.39 and L.82., 24/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets F.19 & A.108, 26/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.431, H.49, and M.122, 28/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target C.37., 04/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target F.49 and M.431, 06/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.1 – Submarine Yards at BREMEN (DNC), 14/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, M.434, & M.116, 18/07/1942 Bombing Attacks on Target K.56, 20/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.70 and A.71, 03/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71 at HORST, 09/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.84., 13/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.82, L.82, and D.7., 19/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.17 and M.431, 24/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.161 and M.434, 29/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.69, Z159, M116, EVERE and WAALHAVEN, 01/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST



BRECKON
Ivan Oswald Breckon , RNZAF NZ40863 – Pilot
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 29 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 13 Ops with FA Andrews’s crew as  2nd Pilot
16 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
03/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 06/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest (FA Andrews as 2nd Pilot), 07/04/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel (FA Andrews as 2nd Pilot), 09/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin (FA Andrews as 2nd Pilot), 24/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel (FA Andrews as 2nd Pilot), 29/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam (FA Andrews as 2nd Pilot), 02/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden (FA Andrews as 2nd Pilot), 04/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest (FA Andrews as 2nd Pilot), 06/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (FA Andrews as 2nd Pilot), 08/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (FA Andrews as 2nd Pilot), 09/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim (FA Andrews as 2nd Pilot), 11/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (FA Andrews as 2nd Pilot), 17/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne (FA Andrews as 2nd Pilot), 27/05/1941 Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser (FA Andrews as 2nd Pilot), 15/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk, 18/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 21/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk, 24/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf, 27/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Bremen, 30/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 05/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Munster, 07/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster, 08/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster, 10/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 21/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg, 24/07/1941 Daylight Attacks Against Battleship Gneisenau at Brest, 03/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais, 08/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg



BREEN
Francis Patrick Breen, RAAF AUS.419288 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 8
total sorties undertaken 9 (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 9 Ops with J Pryse’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay

Tour History
20/12/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 30/12/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 04/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 06/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 11/02/1944 Mining off Mouth of River Ardour, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 20/02/1944 Mining off Cherbourg, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea



BRENNAN
Martin Brennan, RAF 1596812 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RJ Aitchison’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
01/01/1945 Attack Against Vohwinkel

Lancaster Mk.III ME321 AA-N crashed near the Dutch town of Maastricht, probably through contact with enemy fighters. There were no survivors. Sgt Martin Brennan was buried in the Jonkerbos War Cemetery, the other seven crew are all commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. It was thought that this was W/C Newton’s 50th operational sortie.

Killed age 21 on the 1st of January 1945.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Brennan, of Horden, Co. Durham.
Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.     .
Grave location – 23. H. 2.
‘Greater love no man hath
Than to lay down
His life for his friends R.I.P.’



BRETT
? Brett, RAF  – Observer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 17
total sorties undertaken 19 (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with IR Gow’s crew as  Obs, including 1 DNC – 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434.
11 Ops with DV Gilmour’s crew as  Obs, including 1 DNC – 01/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST
3 Ops with Wilson’s crew as  Obs
2 Ops with G Wright’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
25/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets, F.18, M.434, and KASSEL, 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434. (DNC), , 03/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71 at HORST, 26/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on G.82, C.38 DUISBURG, ARNHEIM, and FLUSHING, 29/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.69, Z159, M116, EVERE and WAALHAVEN, 01/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST (DNC), 04/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Thurenger Forest, Black Forest, and Woods South of Strasburg, 07/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against A.70, Essen, Black Forest and Colnac Aerodrome, M.101., 10/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Ostend Harbour and Flushing Docks, 12/09/1940 Bombing Attack on emden and Schwerte, 14/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Antwerp and Soest, 18/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets M.480, Z.40, and Le Havre, 29/09/1940 Bombing Atacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK, 02/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116 and A.69, 28/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83., 08/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.487 and A.70, 12/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71., 16/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.248, M.245, SOESTERBURG, and SCHIPOL AERODROME, 29/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.138 and M.66



BREWER
Cyril Brewer, RAF 1418695 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 21    killed on 22nd Op
total sorties undertaken 23 (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with NM McRitchie’s crew as  Mu/Gnr
22 Ops with JA McIntosh’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais

Tour History
20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais (NM McRitchie), 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais (DNC), 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich , 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Wessling, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 06/11/1944 Attack Against Coblenz, 11/11/1944 Sea Mining in Oslo Fjord, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld

Lancaster Mk.I NF980 JN-F received a direct hit by flak over the target and it appeared to another crew flying close by, to have lost most of its tail-plane. The aircraft fell sharply out of the sky and struck the ground violently. The rear gunner was the only survivor but he too, died from his injuries in a hospital about 3 weeks later.

Killed age 22 on the 30th of November 1944.
Son of John and Catherine Brewer, of St. Athan, Glamorgan.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 25. A. 13-18.
‘May the winds of heaven
Blow gently
On this sacred spot’



BREWER
W.H.H. Brewer, RAF  – Flight Engineer   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4  shot down on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with LEB Klitscher’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen

Lancaster Mk.III LM740 AA-B was en route to the target and was seen to leave the stream near Wesel (some 50 miles from the target) with the port-inner engine feathered after being hit by heavy flak. The seven crew then apparently abandoned the aircraft after turning for home and landing relatively uninjured in enemy territory. They were all captured as P.o.W’s.

P.o.W Number: not known
P.o.W Camps: not known. Promoted to F/S whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: 8th of May 1945.



BREWSTER
James Edward Brewster, RAF 1035972 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RM Kidd’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient

Stirling Mk.I R9248 AA-H was hit by AA fire shortly after bombing, causing catastrophic damage. The captain attempted a crash landing at St Thégonnec (Finistère), about 8 miles South East of Morlaix, France. All but one of the crew died in the crash and were laid to rest in St Thegonnec Communal Cemetery. Sgt Kidd escaped slightly injured from the wreck and managed to evade capture.

Killed age 21 on the 23rd of January 1943.
Son of Russell and Lilian Brewster, of West Cornforth, Co. Durham.
Buried St.Thegonnec Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Plot 2. Row 1. Grave 2.
‘His memory
Is our greatest treasure,
Always in our thoughts.
Pop and Lil’



BREWSTER
Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAF 130520 – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 24
total sorties undertaken 24 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with KJ Rothwell’s crew as  Nav
23 Ops with JM Bailey’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
28/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Wessling, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 23/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 27/12/1944 Attack Against Rheydt, 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen (KJ Rothwell), 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel



BREWSTER
William James Cottrel Brewster, RAF 1621612/ 196128 – Flight Engineer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0
total sorties undertaken 2 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 0 Op with WH Batger’s crew as  F/E,  2 Post War flights

Tour History
18/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BRIAN
William Leslie Fred Brian, RNZAF NZ411737 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6    killed on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 7 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with DV Hamer’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
10/04/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 14/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 16/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven, 20/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Rostock, 22/04/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 26/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 28/04/1943 Mining in Kiel Bay

Stirling Mk.III BK664 AA-M was brought down by A/A fire from a Kreigsmarine (flak ship), battery MAA508, positioned between the Fehmarn-Belt and Lolland Island, in the Baltic. It crashed at 00:23hrs on the western side of Lolland Island and the crew all perished.

The bodies of both air gunners were recovered and are buried in the Svino Churchyard. All other crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 23 on the 28th of April 1943.
Son of William Brian and of Rita Brian (Nee Pearse); Husband of Rona Brian, of Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 198.



BRIDGE
Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAF 155028 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 26
total sorties undertaken 29 (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 29 Ops with CAG McKenzie’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 3 DNC – 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 124 (ABORTIVE), 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE), 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period ARCHDEACON 11 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
22/10/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 10/11/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary (Mu/Gnr), 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (Mu/Gnr), 19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen (Mu/Gnr), 29/12/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands (Mu/Gnr), 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 02/03/1944 Mining off Le Havre, 03/03/1944 Mining off Le Havre, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 124 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 18 (SUCCESSFUL), 13/03/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period ARCHDEACON 11 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 18/03/1944 Mining in the Heliogoland Bight, 19/03/1944 Mining of River Adour, 21/03/1944 Mining off St. Malo, 22/03/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen



BRIDGER
Cyril Jack Bridger, RNZAF NZ417192 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with FD Higham’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
15/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 17/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Peenemunde, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg

Stirling Mk.III EE955 AA-D was brought down at Schwarzenau, 12 miles ENE of Würzburg. The circumstances are unclear as to how EE955 was brought down, although the location of the crash was some 60miles NW of Nuremberg ground defences, suggesting the likelihood of night fighter action. All of the crew were killed and are buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, 9 miles east of Bad Tölz.

Killed age 26 on the 28th of August 1943
Son of Cyril and Kathleen Blanche Bridger, of Nelson City, New Zealand; Grandson of Clara Maud Hoult, of Nelson City.
Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 9. C. 20.



BRIDGET
William Leslie Fred Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 27
total sorties undertaken 29 (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RJ Newton’s crew as  Obs
28 Ops with EC Ball’s crew as  Obs, including 2 DNC –

Tour History
05/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Cologne, 09/04/1942 Operations – Daylight Attack on Essen, 12/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at LeHavre and Essen, 14/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Dortmund and Le Havre, 15/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Le Havre and Dortmund (DNC), 17/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 22/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 23/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Rostock, 25/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Rostock and Dunkirk, 27/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne and Mine Laying off Heligoland, 29/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Gennevilliers, 02/05/1942 Gardening – St. Nazaire, 06/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart, 07/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay, 15/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay, 19/05/1942 Attacks Against Mannheim and St. Nazaire, 30/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 01/06/1942 Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 02/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 05/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 06/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 08/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 16/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (DNC),  17/06/1942 Mine-Laying off Frisian Islands, 19/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 20/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 23/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire and (Gardening), 25/06/1942 Attack on Targets at Bremen, 29/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen



BRIDGMAN
Arthur Mervyn Bridgman, RNZAF NZ41866 – Navigator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RC Going’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
03/03/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands

The crew took off from Newmarket to lay mines off the Frisian Islands, off the coast of Denmark, part of the Squadron’s continuing efforts to disrupt German shipping. Mine-laying operations were often given to rookie crews as they were considered slightly less dangerous. Bomber Command code-named all the waterways after vegetables or fruit, hence these op’s became known as “gardening”. Sadly, on their very first operation, the Going crew was lost without trace.

Lost without trace age 26 on the 3rd of March 1943.
Son of Arthur Leslie and Evelyn Bridgman, of Nelson, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 198.     



BRIGHT
Nelson Hastings Bright, RNZAF NZ416975, 70140 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31
total sorties undertaken 31 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with HJ Burtt’s crew as  2nd Pilot
30 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage (HJ Burtt as 2nd Pilot), 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke , 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich , 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 22/10/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne
31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 11/11/1944 Sea Mining in Oslo Fjord, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg



BRIGHT
William Henry Bright, RNZAF NZ41567 – Front Gunner/ Air Bomber   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 16  shot down on 17th Op
total sorties undertaken 17 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with SH Gunning’s crew as  F/Gnr & A/B
14 Ops with C Croall’s crew as  F/Gnr & A/B

Tour History
30/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne (SH Gunning), 01/06/1942 Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 02/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 04/06/1942 Attack Against Dieppe (C Croall), 17/06/1942 Mine-Laying off Frisian Islands, 19/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 22/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 25/06/1942 Attack on Targets at Bremen, 29/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 02/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 08/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Wilhemshaven, 20/07/1942 Daylight Sorties Against Bremen, 21/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 23/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 25/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 26/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 28/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg

Caught within searchlight cones while bombing Hamburg, Sgt Croall took rapid evasive action by diving his aircraft steeply to a low level, but they were hit by vigorous light AA fire and forced to ditch in the sea. All but the Rear Gunner, Sgt Crarer, evacuated the aircraft successfully. They were picked up and taken prisoners of war. Sgt Crarer’s body was later recovered and buried in the Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery at Tonning.

P.o.W Number: 25628
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag VIIIB/344. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: 18th of April 1945.



BRINSDEN
William Roy Brinsden, RAF NZ427573 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 6 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with Sl Spillman’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op as Pilot , plus 4 Post War flights

Tour History
18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland (SL Spillman as 2nd Pilot), 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 12/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 04/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BRISCO
Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 18    killed on 19th Op
total sorties undertaken 19 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 19 Ops with PJ Wilson’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
30/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne,  01/06/1942 Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 02/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 05/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 06/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 08/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 16/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 17/06/1942 Mine-Laying off Frisian Islands, 19/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 20/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 22/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 25/06/1942 Attack on Targets at Bremen, 29/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 13/07/1942 Attack Against Duisburg, 20/07/1942 Daylight Sorties Against Bremen, 21/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 23/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 26/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 27/07/1942 Daylight Attack on Bremen, 28/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg

The Wellington was shot down by AA fire near the target area, crashing at Fischbek, 18 miles South East of Stade. None of the crew survived. They were buried initially in a collective grave at Stade but later reinterred at Becklingen.

Killed age 26 on the 29th of July 1942.
Son of Hylton Musgrave Campbell Brisco and Kathleen Brisco, of Hunterville, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll grave 14. F. 12-14.



BRISTOW
Leonard Norman Bristow, RAF 1803569 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 2 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with CW McCardle’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
25/11/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 30/11/1943 Mining in the Baltic Sea



BRISTOW
M. Bristow , RAF   – Flight Engineer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 16
total sorties undertaken 18 (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 18 Ops with Dg Gibson’s crew as  F/E, including 2 DNC –  18  Ops with DG Gibson, including 2 DNC – 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier (DNC), 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 09/08/1944 Attack Against Fort D’Anglos



BRITNELL
John Edward ‘Jack’ Britnell, RAF 1579917 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14
total sorties undertaken 20 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  Mu/Gnr
13 Ops with RA Banks’s crew as  R/Gnr & Mu/Gnr, plus 6 Post War flights.

Tour History
13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden (CH Baigent as Mu/Gnr), 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz (Mu/Gnr), 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel (Mu/Gnr), 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel (Mu/Gnr), 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 28/02/1945 Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen), 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 12/03/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte, 18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 09/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 29/04/1945 Supply Dropping in the Delf Area, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 03/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft and the Hague, 09/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 05/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive



BRIZLEY
William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 34
total sorties undertaken 36 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 36 Ops with LW Hannan’s crew as  A/B, including 2 DNC – 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss, 07/01/1945 Attack Against Munich

Tour History
04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 12/12/1944 Attack Against Witten, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne, 29/12/1944 Attack Against Coblenz (Lutzel Marshalling Yard), 31/12/1944 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 01/01/1945 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 03/01/1945 Attack Against Dortmund Oil Refinery, 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss (DNC), 07/01/1945 Attack Against Munich (DNC), 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 03/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz, 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 28/02/1945 Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen), 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 23/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg, 09/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel



BROAD
? Broad, RAF  – Front Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 28 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 10 Ops with CL Gilbert’s crew as  F/Gnr
6 Ops with Neate’s crew as  F/Gnr
1 Op with GC Kain’s crew as  F/Gnr
4 Ops with JM Southwell’s crew as  F/Gnr
7 Ops with A Ashworth’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
29/09/1940 Bombing Atacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK (CL Gilbert), 02/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116 and A.69, 08/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, Marshalling Yards Gremburg and Cologne, 10/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.68, A.28, A.71, and Eindhoven Aerodrome, 14/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.76 and CC.24., 21/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.2 and A.28
06/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Area 1, Area 2, Area 3., 09/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target CC.26, 13/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target N.62, 22/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets D.55 and Flushing, 04/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61. (Neate), 08/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on TargetsDon.192, D.197. and Wilhelmshaven, 11/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Turin and Wilhelmshaven, 22/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 27/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Hanover, 10/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam, 03/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne (GC Kain as R/Gnr), 12/03/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29 (JM Southwell), 13/03/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29, 18/03/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29, 27/03/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29, 08/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (A Ashworth), 09/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 11/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 17/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne, 27/05/1941 Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser, 10/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 12/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamm



BROADBENT
Richard ‘Dicky’ Broadbent, RAF NZ391339 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 13
total sorties undertaken 13 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 13 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
27/04/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 01/05/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 12/05/1943 Duisburg, 13/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bochum, 23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 19/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 25/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene



BROADHEAD
Basil Henry Broadhead, RNZAF NZ415986 – Wireless Operator   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0  shot down on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with FM McKenzie’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim)

Stirling Mk.III BK810 AA – G, was brought down at 02.10hrs at Oostrum (Limburg) about a mile East of Venray, Holland from a combination of A.A fire and fighter attack. The fighter pilot was believed to be Hptm Wilhelm Herget of I /NJG1. All five crew except P/O McKenzie and F/S Blank parachuted to safety and were captured as P.o.W’s. McKenzie was buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery, while Blank is located in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

P.o.W Number: 222488
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag IVB. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: 26th of May 1945.



BROADLEY
Ronald  Broadley, RAF 937347 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2    killed on 3rd Op
total sorties undertaken 3 (67 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with MHC Ashdown’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
04/07/1943 Mining off Ille de RE, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen

Stirling Mk.III EE892 AA-F came down in the sea off Southwold, Suffolk, while returning to base. Eyewitness reports indicated that the Stirlng was on fire before it struck the water. All on board perished. Four bodies were picked up by the Aldeburgh lifeboat crew. Sgt Dawson RCAF is buried in Scottow Cemetery; the others were taken back to their home-towns. Sgt’s Harrold, Threadgold and Cleveland are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Killed age 22 on the 26th of July 1943.
Son of Percy and Hesper Broadley, of Leeds.
Buried Colne Valley ( Slaithwaite) Cemetery, Yorkshire, England..
Grave location – Block A. Sec. 3. Grave 7.



BROADY
Raymond Herbert John Broady, RNZAF NZ39691 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with KJ Betttles’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with LG Trott ‘s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with RS Crawford ‘s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with JA Powell ‘s crew as  2nd Pilot
 Op as Pilot

Tour History
06/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck (KJ Betttles as 2nd Pilot), 13/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Kiel (LG Trott as 2nd Pilot), 15/10/1942 Activities of “A” Flight at Mildenhall. Operations. Attacks Against Targets at Cologne (RS Crawford as 2nd Pilot), 23/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Genoa (JA Powell as 2nd Pilot), 22/10/1942 Operations. Daylight Attack on Targets at Essen, 24/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Milan

28/22/1942 – Night Flying Test
Crashed at 22:29 at Trinity Farm on Cambridge Road, near Oakington airfield. The aircraft stalled while trying to avoid a head on collision with another Stirling. The Rear Gunner, Sgt. Rogers, whilst surviving the crash, died two days later on the 30th of November.

Killed age 28 on the 28th of November 1942.
Son of Herbert Horace and Adeline Jane Mabel Broady, of Northcote, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, England..
Grave location – Grave 14732.



BRODIE
Andrew Moore Brodie, RNZAF NZ391378 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 19    killed on 20th Op
total sorties undertaken 22 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with N Williams’s crew as  R/Gnr
7 Ops with AGL Humphreys’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 2 DNC – 11/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Target A.70 and A.71., 16/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.248, M.245, SOESTERBURG, and SCHIPOL AERODROME
13 Ops with AJ Falconer’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
17/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.73. (N Williams), 02/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.28 in Ruhr, 28/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83. (AGL Humphreys), 11/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Target A.70 and A.71. (DNC),
14/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets G.30, CC.47, SOESTERBURG AERODROME, AND SCHIPOL, 16/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.248, M.245, SOESTERBURG, and SCHIPOL AERODROME (DNC), 23/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Targets M.66, M.499, BOULOGNE, BERLIN, 26/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.501, B.51, M.138, 29/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.138 and M.66, 11/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Boulogne and Mannheim (AJ Falconer), 16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.30, M.68, and Frankfurt, 16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.55, 19/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Target A.71, 22/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets D.55 and Flushing, 01/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets N.35 and D.1., 04/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61., 08/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on TargetsDon.192, D.197. and Wilhelmshaven, 11/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Turin and Wilhelmshaven, 22/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 27/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Hanover, 10/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam, 14/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 21/02/1941 Bombing Attacks on Wilhelmshaven

All aircraft, except Wellington Mk.Ic T.2503, returned to base safely, landing at approximately 00.30hrs. Wellington T2503 failed to return. Very little information is available to determine the fate of the aircraft, although it became apparent it was brought down in the North Sea. The crew all perished. Two bodies were later washed ashore near Helgoland, north of Wilhelmshaven. Acting as second pilot on this ill-fated sortie, was S/L Solbe, ‘A’ Flight Commander.

Killed age 25 on the 21st of February 1941.
Son of Andrew Brodie and of Joanna Brodie (Nee Moore), of Gisborne, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Sage War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 8. A. 4.



BRODIE
Ian James Duncan Brodie, RAF 1344759, 147474 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9    killed on 10th Op
total sorties undertaken 11 (82 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with J McCullough’s crew as  A/B, including 1 DNC – 29/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin
10 Ops with CR Davey’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
29/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin (DNC), 12/01/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 13/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 14/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 16/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 18/02/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 19/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 03/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 05/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 08/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg

Stirling Mk.I BF437 AA-L was brought down near Philippsburg, 22 miles North North East of Carlsruhe (18 miles south of Mannheim). All seven crew were killed. Sgt’s Davey and Brodie were buried at Mannheim but later reinterred at Durnbach. The other five crew members are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Killed age 27 on the 8th of March 1943.
Son of 2/Lt. Duncan Smith Brodie, York and Lancaster Regt. (Killed In Italy, 15th June, 1918), and of Agnes Ida Brodie, of Doune, Perthshire. Dux Ludorum, Mclaren High School, Callander.
Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 2. G. 12.
‘Of Doune, Scotland,
Son of Ida and late 2nd. Lt. D.S. Brodie.
Killed in action 1918′



BROMLEY
Alan Stevens Bromley, RAF 1247614 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 18    killed on 19th Op
total sorties undertaken 19 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with AG Humphreys’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with RD Max’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with FH Turner ‘s crew as  W/Op
16 Ops with EL Burke ‘s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen (AG Humphreys), 25/11/1943 Mining off Cherbourg, 29/12/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 04/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 06/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 11/02/1944 Mining in the River Ardour, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of River Ardour, 02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 72 (SUCCESSFUL) (RD Max), 13/03/1944 Mining off St. Nazaire (FH Turner), 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund

Lancaster Mk.I ME690 AA-Z was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Neerpelt (Limburg) 5miles from Lommel, Belgium, after breaking up in flight. There were no survivors. Their remains were reinterred in Heverlee War Cemetery, near Louvain.

Killed age 23 on the 23rd of May 1944.
Buried Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – Coll. grave 6. C. 3-5. 179



BROOKE
D. Brooke, RAF  – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 5
total sorties undertaken 14 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  Nav
1 Op with WG Reay’s crew as  Nav
3 Ops with RT Clarkson’s crew as  Nav, plus 9 Post War flights.

Tour History
18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse (RT Clarkson), 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel (CH Baigent), 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland (RT Clarkson), 24/04/1945 Attack on Bad Oldesloe (WG Reay), 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam (RT Clarkson), 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 08/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Rotterdam, 09/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War, 23/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 26/05/1945 Repatriation of Belgian Refugees to Brussells and Exprisoners of War to England, 14/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 17/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 29/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BROOKE
Peter Brooke, RAF 1312079 – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7
total sorties undertaken 12 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with LEB Klitscher’s crew as  W/Op
3 Ops with TW Good’s crew as  W/Op, plus 5 Post War flights.

Tour History
16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel (ELB Klitscher), 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen) (TW Good), 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 29/04/1945 Supply Dropping in the Delf Area, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 09/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive



BROOKHOUSE
Denis Wilmot Brookhouse, RAF 1686025 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4
total sorties undertaken 9 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with CT Wagstaff’s crew as  A/B plus 5 Post War flights

Tour History
29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 13/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam, 24/04/1945 Attack on Bad Oldesloe, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft
08/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Rotterdam, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 03/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 29/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BROOKS
James Reginald Fairfax Brooks, RAF 923693, 115176 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 28 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with GR Simich’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with PGF Fletcher’s crew as  2nd Pilot
2 Ops with GN Parker’s crew as  2nd Pilot
11 Ops with IL Reid’s crew as  2nd Pilot
13 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
14/04/1941, Bombing Attacks on Brest (GR Simich as 2nd Pilot), 20/04/1943, Bombing Attacks on Targets at Rotterdam (IL Reid as 2nd Pilot), 29/04/1941, Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam (PGF Fletcher as 2nd Pilot), 02/05/1941, Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden (GN Parker as 2nd Pilot), 04/05/1941, Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest (GN Parker as 2nd Pilot), 08/05/1941, Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (IL Reid as 2nd Pilot), 09/05/1941, Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim (IL Reid as 2nd Pilot), 11/05/1941, Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (IL Reid as 2nd Pilot), 23/05/1941, Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne (IL Reid as 2nd Pilot), 27/05/1941, Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser (IL Reid as 2nd Pilot), 16/06/1941, Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf (IL Reid as 2nd Pilot), 18/06/1941, Bombing Attacks Against Brest (IL Reid as 2nd Pilot), 21/06/1941, Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk (IL Reid as 2nd Pilot), 24/06/1941, Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf (IL Reid as 2nd Pilot), 27/06/1941, Bombing Attacks Against Bremen (IL Reid as 2nd Pilot), 03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 05/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Munster, 21/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg, 24/07/1941 Night Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 03/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais, 14/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 17/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg, 26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne, 29/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 02/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt, 08/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel, 20/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend



BROOKS
John Stanley Brooks, RAF 622115 – WOAG   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4  shot down on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with JN Collins’s crew as  F/Gnr & W/Op

Tour History
15/03/1940 Two Aircraft carried out Operational exercise. Special Sweep, as detailed in No.3 Gropu Operation Order No.7, dated 14.3.40.(F/Gnr), 27/03/1940 Reconnaissance and Nickle Operation. Brunswick – ULZEN – LUNEBURG) Raid No.s. PCB136, PCB137, PCB138, respectively. (F/Gnr), 12/04/1940 Search for enemy warships off the coast of Norway (F/Gnr, 17/04/1940 Bombing raid on STAVANGER, Norway. (F/Gnr), 07/05/1940 Bombing raid on Stavanger Aerodrome. (F/Gnr), 21/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Aachen and Dinant) (W/Op)

While attacking the road/rail bridge at Dinant from a height of approximately 3,000ft, Wellington Mk.Ic R.3157 AA – H, received a direct hit by an AA shell in the starboard engine. The aircraft crashed in flames near the township of Kain (Hainaut), 2-3 miles North North West of Tournai, Belgium. Both pilots were killed in the crash but the other crew-members baled out safely, thanks to courageous efforts by John Collins in controlling the burning aircraft long enough to enable them to escape at low level. They survived and were captured. This was 75(NZ) Squadron’s first operational loss of the war, and the death of F/O. Collins (one of the original members of the New Zealand Flight) was the RNZAF’s first fatal casualty of the war.

P.o.W Number: 50392
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag 357. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known.



BROTHWELL
Jack Brothwell, RAF 135042 – Navigator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with AR Single’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
02/10/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 04/10/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 22/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin

Stirling Mk.III LJ453 AA-K was brought down over Germany, crashing about a mile South South East of Arlen, between Gemmerich and Dolberg. The lack of AA fire in the target area suggested that a night fighter was probably responsible for the loss of the Stirling.

There were no survivors. The seven crew were buried at Achmer, and later reinterred at Reichswald Forest Cemetery.

Killed age 24 on the 22nd of November 1943.
Son of Frederick and Nellie Brothwell, of Southey Green, Sheffield.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 9. A. 22-25.



BROUN
Alan Stuart Broun, RNZAF NZ405367 – Observer   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9    killed on 10th Op
total sorties undertaken 10 (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 10 Ops with TH Smith’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
17/06/1942 Mine-Laying off Frisian Islands, 19/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 20/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 22/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 23/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire and (Gardening), 25/06/1942 Attack on Targets at Bremen, 29/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 02/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 07/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Frisian Islands (Gardening), 08/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Wilhemshaven

Wellington Mk.III X.3557 AA-X came down at the northern end of the Waddenzee, near Rottumeroog Is at 01.30hrs. The time of the crash indicates the aircraft was still on the outward bound route to the target and was almost certainly shot down by one of the many German night fighters operating along that part of the Dutch coast. The details contained within German documentation regarding the injuries to the body of George Young certainly seem to support this, describing significant head injuires, assumed to be from a bullet or shell.

All of the crew were killed. Only the bodies of Sgt Young and the Pilot, P/O Trevor Harry Smith were recovered. As mentioned previously, a second body was recovered with Sgt. Young’s – the conjecture by rank of the airman is that this was Frank McKenzie, however a positive I.D. was never able to be made.

Trevor Smith was initially buried in Rottumeroog, but was subsequently moved to and re-interred at Oldebroek General Cemetery. The rest of the crew are remembered on the Air Force Memorial at Runnymede.

Lost without trace age 32 on the 9th of July 1942.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 115.



BROWN
? Brown, RAF  – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 1 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with Mitchell’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen (JL Mitchell as 2nd Pilot)



BROWN*
? Brown, RAF  – Observer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 21
total sorties undertaken 21 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 11 Ops with FGL Bain’s crew as  Obs
4 Ops with RP Elliot’s crew as  Obs
2 Ops with Neate’s crew as  Obs
4 Ops with Shilletto’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
02/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116 and A.69 (FGL Bain), 05/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets at ROTTERDAM and FLUSHING (FGL Bain), 08/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, Marshalling Yards Gremburg and Cologne (FGL Bain), 10/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.68, A.28, A.71, and Eindhoven Aerodrome (FGL Bain), 16/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.3 at KIEL (FGL Bain), 25/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets B.8, D.1, and AERODROME at BRUSSELS (RP Elliot), 28/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83. (RP Elliot),06/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target G.30 (RP Elliot), 08/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.487 and A.70 (FGL Bain), 12/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71. (FGL Bain), 23/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Targets M.66, M.499, BOULOGNE, BERLIN (RP Elliot), 06/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Area 1, Area 2, Area 3. (FGL Bain), 11/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Boulogne and Mannheim (FGL Bain), 13/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target N.62 (FGL Bain), 16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.30, M.68, and Frankfurt (Neate),  16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.55 (Neate), 04/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61. (FGL Bain),  06/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre (Shilleto), 08/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen (Shilleto), 30/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg (Shilleto), 12/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest (Shilleto)

*The exact identity of this individual is yet to be confirmed regarding the above Op history, however, it is based on occurance within crews and chronological plausibility that it could be the same individual.



BROWN
? Brown, RAF  – Front Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11
total sorties undertaken 11 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with AH Burton’s crew as  F/Gnr
6 Ops with DL Pritchard’s crew as  F/Gnr & R/Gnr

Tour History
04/02/1941 Bombing Attacks on Le Havre (AH Burton as F/Gnr), 10/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam, 14/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 21/02/1941 Bombing Attacks on Wilhelmshaven, 26/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 03/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest (DL Pritchard as R/Gnr), 10/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest (F/Gnr), 21/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk (F/Gnr), 24/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf (F/Gnr), 27/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Bremen (F/Gnr),



BROWN
A. Brown, RAF 1358025 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 25
total sorties undertaken 25 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 25 Ops with HJ Dalzell’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
25/10/1942 Operations. Gardening off Brest, 18/01/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 13/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 14/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 16/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 19/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 27/02/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 03/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 05/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 08/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 22/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire, 27/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 29/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 04/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kiel, 08/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 10/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 14/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 20/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Rostock, 04/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 12/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 13/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bochum, 23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 25/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf



BROWN
Alexander? Brown, RAF  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 29 (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 29 Ops with HAD Meyer’s crew as  R/Gnr & Mu/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier

Tour History
15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes (R/Gnr), 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier (R/Gnr), 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux (Mu/Gnr), 27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais (Mu/Gnr), 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage (Mu/Gnr), 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir (Mu/Gnr), 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten (Mu/Gnr), 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (Mu/Gnr), 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt (Mu/Gnr), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye (R/Gnr), 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 22/07/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 29/08/1944 Mining in the Gulf of Danzig, 03/09/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrom At Eindhoven, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers



BROWN
Alred Errol Brown, RNZAF NZ429139 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2    killed on 3rd Op
total sorties undertaken 3 (67 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with JR Layton’s crew as  2nd Pilot
2 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
Alfred Errol Brown – Pilot     K.i.A.
2 Ops total killed on 3rd Op
1 Op with JR Layton as 2nd Pilot
1 Op with AE Brown killed on 2nd Op

18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse (JR Layton as 2nd Pilot), 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct

LM733 was bombing the target at Munster when it was seen to break into two sections and enter a downward spiral before crashing in flames among trees near Coesfeld at 13.30hrs. The cause of the catastrophic damage was thought to be a combination of flak damage and being struck by a bomb from another 3 Group aircraft flying above. Two crew, the pilot and air bomber, were killed and later buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. The other five crew parachuted to safety and were captured as P.o.W’s.

Killed age 25 on the 21st of March 1945.
Son of Alfred and Laura Matilda Brown, of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 12. D. 18.



BROWN
Alan Garratt Brown, RNZAF NZ427364 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 8 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with JC Westbrooke’s crew as  A/B plus 7 Post War flights

Tour History
09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 09/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War, 12/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 23/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 25/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive



BROWN
Desmond Charles Brown, RNZAF NZ42710 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 34
total sorties undertaken 38 (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 38 Ops as Pilot , including 4 DNC – 09/04/1944 Attack Against Lille, 11/04/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss

Tour History
09/04/1944 Attack Against Lille (DNC), 11/04/1944 Mining off La Rochelle (DNC), 18/04/1944 Mining in Kiel BayŁ, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen (DNC), 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 09/08/1944 Attack Against Fort D’Anglos, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin , 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville, 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss (DNC), 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg



BROWN
G. Brown, RAF  – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 18
total sorties undertaken 18 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RJ Newton’s crew as  A/B
17 Ops with JRR Rodgers’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 27/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 26/10/1944 Attack Against Leverkusen, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 12/12/1944 Attack Against Witten, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne (RJ Newton), 29/12/1944 Attack Against Coblenz (Lutzel Marshalling Yard), 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken



BROWN
J. Brown, RAF  – WOAG  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31
total sorties undertaken 31 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 24 Ops with J Baines’s crew as  W/Op
7 Ops with DP Leadley’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais (J Baines), 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez , 27/09/1944 Attack Against Calais , 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke , 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 11/11/1944 Attack Against Castrop Rauxel, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 12/12/1944 Attack Against Witten (DP Leadley), 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 23/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 27/12/1944 Attack Against Rheydt, 28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne, 31/12/1944 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 01/01/1945 Attack Against Vohwinkel



BROWN
John Lukies Brown, RNZAF NZ402534 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 5    killed on 6th Op
total sorties undertaken 6 (83 % completion rate)

Undertook 6 Ops with JFM Parnham ‘s crew as  2nd Pilot
 Op with JFM Parnham’s crew as 

Tour History
12/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest (JFM Parnham as 2nd Pilot), 17/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Le Havre (JFM Parnham as 2nd Pilot), 27/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf (JFM Parnham as 2nd Pilot), 08/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (JFM Parnham as 2nd Pilot), 09/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (JFM Parnham as 2nd Pilot), 12/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kiel (JFM Parnham as 2nd Pilot),

The circumstances surrounding the loss Wellington Mk.III X.3282 are not known, other than that the aircraft crashed near Scleswig, approximately 40 miles North West of the target area. The entire crew were killed.

Killed age 22 on the 12th of March 1942.
Son of Mrs. M. W. Mcnee, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 2. H. 3.



BROWN
Norman Wilson Brown, RAF 518807 – Observer   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 24    killed on 25th Op
total sorties undertaken 28 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 28 Ops with WH Coleman’s crew as  Obs, including 3 DNC – 15/05/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.79 (Holten Sterkrade) and Target A.H.18 (Bridges at Turnhout), 28/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory Roulers and Menin), 02/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.28 in Ruhr

Tour History
06/04/1940 Reconnaissance and Nickel over Minden, 21/04/1940 AALBORG AERODROME, 07/05/1940 Bombing raid on Stavanger Aerodrome, 12/05/1940 Bombing attacks on Target A.J.8. (Krefold-Verdingen), 15/05/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.79 (Holten Sterkrade) and Target A.H.18 (Bridges at Turnhout) (DNC), 17/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets, A.64, A.75, A.79, M.435, M.464, M.458, AC.6 and AC.7, 19/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory, 21/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Aachen and Dinant), 23/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory, 28/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory Roulers and Menin) (DNC),  31/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target G.1 Nieuport, 03/06/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.28 DUSSELDORF, 05/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Cross-Roads and Marshalling Yards at CAMBRAI, 07/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on CHIMAY, ST. VALERY, ABBEVILLE, PONT REMY, 09/06/1940 Bombing Attacks over Enemy Territory, 11/06/1940 Special Duty to ‘PAMELA’, 14/06/1940 Incendiary Raid on Black Forest East of ACHERN and OBERKIRCH, 17/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.73., 19/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.39 and L.82., 24/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets F.19 & A.108, 26/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.431, H.49, and M.122, 28/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target C.37., 30/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Forest South of FRANKFURT, 02/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.28 in Ruhr (DNC), 06/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.1 – Submarine Yards at BREMEN, 08/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Alternate Target (Z61) for A.73 – Benvine Plant at MORS, 18/07/1942 Bombing Attacks on Target K.56, 25/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets, F.18, M.434, and KASSEL

Early on the morning of 26th July, 1940, Wellington B.IC R3235 of 75 (New Zealand) Squadron, RAF, crashed into the Ijsselmeer, the inland sea near Amsterdam, 1km east of Uitdam. There were no survivors. The bodies of the airmen washed ashore, that of F/O Coleman on the 3rd of August, 1940.

Killed age 24 on the 26th of July 1940.
Son of Arthur Kinnear Brown and Ethel Brown, of Hull; Husband of Minnie Brown, of Hull.
Buried Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 69. Row A. Grave 25.
‘Greater love
Hath no man than this,
That a man lay down
His life for his friends’



BROWN
R. Brown, RAF  – Front Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3
total sorties undertaken 3 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with JES Morton’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
13/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target N.62, 16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.30, M.68, and Frankfurt, 11/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Turin and Wilhelmshaven



BROWN
Ronald ‘Ron’ Brown, RAF  – Flight Engineer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 18
total sorties undertaken 18 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 18 Ops with JR Rodgers’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 27/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 26/10/1944 Attack Against Leverkusen, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 06/11/1944 Attack Against Coblenz, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 12/12/1944 Attack Against Witten, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 29/12/1944 Attack Against Coblenz (Lutzel Marshalling Yard)



BROWN
Russell Howard Brown, RNZAF NZ425444 – Navigator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 19    killed on 20th Op
total sorties undertaken 22 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 22 Ops with WJ Willis’s crew as  Nav, including 2 DNC – 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 178 (ABORTIVE), 20/04/1944 Attack Against Cologne

Tour History
14/01/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 30/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 21/02/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 02/03/1944 Mining off Cherbourg, 03/03/1944 Mining off St. Malo
04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 178 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens, 09/04/1944 Attack against Villeneuve St. George, 10/04/1944 Attack Against Targets at Laon, 18/04/1944 Attack Against Rouen, 20/04/1944 Attack Against Cologne (DNC), 22/04/1944 Attack Against Dusseldorf, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg

ND804 was lost without trace. All crew members are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 24 on the 22nd of May 1944.
Son of Russell Eric and Winifred Elizabeth Brown, of Morningside, Auckland, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 263.



BROWN
S. Brown, RAF  – Flight Engineer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 29 (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with FW Hubbard’s crew as  F/E
2 Ops with JA Fleming’s crew as  F/E
26 Ops with WR White’s crew as  F/E, including 1 DNC – 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin

Tour History
11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 27/05/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 12/08/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin (DNC),



BROWN
Stephen Watson Brown, RAAF AUS.413849 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 10
total sorties undertaken 10 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 6 Ops with JS Battersby’s crew as  A/B
4 Ops with HWB Heney’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
30/08/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands (JS Battersby), 02/09/1943 Mining off Ille-De-Re, 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Boulogne, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 26/11/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands (HWB Heney), , 16/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay



BROWN
Thomas Henry Brown, RAF 131998 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14
total sorties undertaken 14 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 14 Ops with M Lord’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
09/01/1943 Gardening off Terschelling, 14/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 03/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 04/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 07/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 13/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 18/02/1943 Mining off the North Coast of Spain, 19/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 25/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 26/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 28/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire, 11/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 12/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 18/03/1943 Mining off the North Coast of Spain



BROWN
Walter ‘Wally’ Brown, RAF  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 20
total sorties undertaken 20 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 20 Ops with RC Earl’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin , 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 31/08/1944 Attack Against Pont Reny, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 16/09/1944 Attack Against Moerdijk, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 27/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen



BROWN
William Davenport Brown, RNZAF NZ40732 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11
total sorties undertaken 11 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with A Ashworth’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with JE Johnson’s crew as  R/Gnr
4 Ops with DH McArthur’s crew as  R/Gnr
5 Ops with MH McFarlane’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
18/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets M.480, Z.40, and Le Havre, 20/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Enemy Territory, 23/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Berlin, Le Havre and Hamburg, 29/09/1940 Bombing Atacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK, 10/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam, 14/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 26/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 01/03/1941 Bombing Attacks on Cologne, 03/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 24/07/1941 Daylight Attacks Against Battleship Gneisenau at Brest, 18/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Docks at Dunkirk



BROWNE
Donald Elgin Browne, RCAF R.107928, J.16846 – Navigator   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 5  shot down on 6th Op
total sorties undertaken 6 (83 % completion rate)

Undertook 6 Ops with RA Williams’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
09/01/1943 Gardening off Terschelling, 12/01/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 04/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 07/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 13/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient

Stirling Mk.I R9316 AA – K, was hit by flak over the target and fire broke out. The Pilot ordered the crew to abandon the aircraft and all but himself and the rear gunner parachuted successfully, landing near Plouay, (Finistère), 11 miles North North East of Lorient. Four were captured and taken prisoner but the fifth, Sgt Willis, RCAF, successfully evaded capture.
The deceased, Sgt’s Williams and Harding-Smith, were buried at Guidel, near Lorient. The latter was the son of the Venerable Archdeacon T J Smith, of Nelson, New Zealand.

P.o.W Number: 27562
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags VIIIB, 344, Luft VI and 357
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known.



BRUCE
William Bruce, RAF 551988 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4
total sorties undertaken 4 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with WM Allen’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
07/11/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen, 04/01/1944 Mining North of Biarritz



BRUCE
Henry Bruce, RAF 1566967 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 17    killed on 18th Op
total sorties undertaken 19 (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 19 Ops with GR Gunn’s crew as  F/E, including 1 DNC – 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Bois Des Jardine, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 12/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin , 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 31/08/1944 Attack Against Pont Reny, 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne

Hit by flak(E) – 30mm shell S/L Gunn and crew, received a direct hit, which severely damaged the aircraft necessitating both starboard engines being shut down. The captain and flight engineer had difficulty in maintaining control of the aircraft returning across the Channel. A decision was made to carry out an emergency landing at RAF Hawkinge, an airfield with a short runway. The Lancaster overshot the runway and crashed. The Captain, Navigator and Air Bomber were injured, two seriously. The Flight Engineer was killed in the crash. The other three crew escaped uninjured.The pilot, S/L L G Gunn (‘B’ Flight Commander) died three days later from his injuries.

Killed age 23 on the 17th of September 1944.
Son of Robert Alexander and Edith Eleanor Bruce, of Primrose, Jarrow.
Buried Jarrow Cemetery, County Durham, England..
Grave location – Sec. 17. Grave 61.
‘In God’s own garden
Now at rest
Peacefully sleeping
Lies one of the best’



BRUHNS
Harold Henry Bruhns, RNZAF NZ42367 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 8    killed on 9th Op
total sorties undertaken 10 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with JK Climie’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with DS Gibb ‘s crew as  2nd Pilot
8 Ops as Pilot , including 1 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay

Tour History
06/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary (JK Climie as 2nd Pilot), 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target (DS Gibb as 2nd Pilot), 20/01/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 30/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay

Little is known of the circumstances causing the loss of Stirling Mk.III EH948 AA-Q, although the body of the RAAF Air-Bomber was found washed ashore near Sønderborg, on the south coast of ALS Island, in the NW area of Kiel Bay. It thus seems likely the aircraft was brought down by AA fire from one or more Flak ships known to patrol Kiel Bay. The remaining six crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 22 on the 24th of February 1944.
Son of John Henry Bruhns, and of Elsie Bruhns, of Mosgiel, Otago, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 263.



BRUMWELL
Ralph William Brumwell, RAF 127140 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 27
total sorties undertaken 28 (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 28 Ops as Pilot , including 1 DNC – 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 30/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant
12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 12/08/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 31/08/1944 Attack Against Pont Reny, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre



BRUNTON
Godfree Arnold Brunton, RAF 1396875, 150278 – Pilot    (evader)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 2 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne

7th of August 1944 – Attack Against Mare De Magne
Lancaster Mk.I HK567 AA – C
Pilot – Godfrey Arnold Brunton

The target was enemy troops and armour concentrations at Mare De Magne, being made in direct support of the Allied Armies advance in the Caen area. Seventeen aircraft were detailed, all of which took off and dropped their bombs with the aid of markers, and a concentrated raid developed. Opposition from A.A. fire was very slight, but a few enemy fighters were active. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat and another (Captain 150278 .F/O. G. Brunton) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK567 AA – C crashed in the target area, having been attacked by a JU.88. The crew were unable to extinguish the starboard outer engine which had been set alight as a result of the attack. At his point, F/O Brunton, the Pilot, gave the order to abandon the aircraft.

The two RAF Air Gunners did not survive the crash and were buried in the St-Valery-en-Caux Cemetery. All the remaining five crew survived and 4 successfully evaded capture.

Returned to the United Kingdom: 28th of August 1944.



BRYANT
Frank Edmund Bryant, RAF 1406499 – Flight Engineer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14
total sorties undertaken 14 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with ES Wilkinson’s crew as  F/E
13 Ops with P Harstein’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
03/07/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 05/07/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 08/07/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 16/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim



BRYANT
Jack Henry Bryant, RAAF AUS421654  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 2 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with JM Bailey’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
28/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Wessling



BRYER
Dennis George Albert Bryer, RAF 1874880 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 26    killed on 27th Op
total sorties undertaken 27 (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with H Tweed’s crew as  Mu/Gnr
3 Ops with VJ Andrew’s crew as  Mu/Gnr
23 Ops with PL McCartin’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel , 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin , 31/08/1944 Attack Against Pont Reny , 03/09/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrom At Eindhoven, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre , 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville , 17/09/1944 Attack Against Emmerich , 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais (VJ Andrew), 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss (VJ Andrew), 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais (H Tweed), 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez , 27/09/1944 Attack Against Calais (VJ Andrew), 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich , 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 06/11/1944 Attack Against Coblenz, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg

Lancaster ND911 took off from Mepal, Cambridgeshire at 12:47 hrs, as part of 3 Group with a force of 183 Lancaster’s, to bomb Homberg (Oil Refinery Plant).   Weather was stormy and many of the bomber stream were not able to maintain formation with the G-H (Radar aided aircraft) on the bombing run and the bombing was believed to have been scattered.   The force met little resistance from Luftwaffe fighters, but suffered very heavy flak.

 On the bomb run at about 15:00 hrs, the pilot was forced to lose height as the starboard outer engine failed and he decided to feather it.   The aircraft was forced to leave the formation, however at 15:15 hrs they bombed the target.   At 15:17 hrs they then received a direct hit in the port wing area from flak and is thought that the fuel tanks exploded.   The Lancaster broke up in mid-air and a very violent spin developed.   Flt Sgt Gray, the Rear Gunner, was knocked unconscious. When he came to the entire tail unit had broken away during the mid-air explosion and he was able to rotate the turret to enable him to bail out at 10,000 ft.   He stated that he saw no other parachutes during his descent. During his parachute drop at around 2,000 ft. he was shot at by German ground troops but was not hit. The rest of the crew were all killed.

Killed age 19 on the 20th of November 1944.
Son of Albert Edward Bryer, and of Dorothy Beatrice Bryer, of Grays, Essex.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 7. B. 5-7.
‘As long as life
And memory last
We will remember thee’



BRYSON
Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 18    killed on 19th Op
total sorties undertaken 19 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 17 Ops with RN Stubbs’s crew as  R/Gnr
2 Ops with ER Chuter’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
18/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets M.480, Z.40, and Le Havre (RN Stubbs), 20/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Enemy Territory, 26/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Le Havre
29/09/1940 Bombing Atacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK, 08/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, Marshalling Yards Gremburg and Cologne, 10/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.68, A.28, A.71, and Eindhoven Aerodrome, 14/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.76 and CC.24., 16/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.3 at KIEL, 21/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.2 and A.28, 25/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets B.8, D.1, and AERODROME at BRUSSELS, 28/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83., 11/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Target A.70 and A.71., 12/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71., 14/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets G.30, CC.47, SOESTERBURG AERODROME, AND SCHIPOL, 16/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.248, M.245, SOESTERBURG, and SCHIPOL AERODROME, 23/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Targets M.66, M.499, BOULOGNE, BERLIN, 26/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.501, B.51, M.138, 06/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Area 1, Area 2, Area 3. (R Chuter), 09/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target CC.26


2nd Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9    killed on 10th Op
total sorties undertaken 10 (9 % completion rate)

Undertook 10 Ops with CV McPherson ‘s crew as  R/Gnr
28/06/1942 Attack Against St. Nazaire and Bremen, 29/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 02/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 07/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Frisian Islands (Gardening), 08/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Wilhemshaven, 20/07/1942 Daylight Sorties Against Bremen, 21/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 23/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 25/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 26/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg

The circumstances leading to the loss of Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W, are unknown and it was thus recorded as ‘lost without trace’. All of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 26 on the 26th of July 1942.
Son of Henry Albert Bryson, and of Alice Idoline Bryson, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 117.

Tour Total – 27



BUCK
Peter John Oswald Buck, RNZAF NZ413377 – Pilot   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 27  shot down on 28th Op
total sorties undertaken 29 (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 29 Ops as Pilot , including 1 DNC – 08/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg

Tour History
30/09/1942 Operations. Gardening off Terschelling, 15/10/1942 Activities of “A” Flight at Mildenhall. Operations. Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 22/10/1942 Operations. Daylight Attack on Targets at Essen, 23/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Genoa, 25/10/1942 Operations. Gardening of Frisian Islands, 14/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 15/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 03/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 04/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 07/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 13/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 14/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 16/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 18/02/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 05/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 08/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 09/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munich, 11/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 12/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 18/03/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 22/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire, 27/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 29/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 04/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kiel, 08/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg (DNC), 10/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 22/04/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 26/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg



BUCKBY
Peter Buckby, RAF 1156870 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with FC Harrison-Smith’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
23/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk, 26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend

Wellington Z.1099 failed to return. It was shot down at 23:05hrs by a night fighter (Pilot; Ofw Paul Gildner, 4. /NJG1) and crashed into the Waddenzee. All members of the crew died.

Lost without trace age 21 on the 30th of November 1941.
Son of Arthur and Harriet Wesley Buckby, of Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 40.



BUCKLEY
F. Buckley, RAF  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 32
total sorties undertaken 32 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with JF Fisher’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with IJ McLachlan’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with R Sawrey-Cookson ‘s crew as  R/Gnr
28 Ops with JF Fisher’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
20/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend (JF Fisher), 26/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden, 29/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Genoa and Frankfurt, 10/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 12/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg, 15/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne, 20/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen, 22/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets Mannheim, 26/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburgh and Cherbourgh, 26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend, 30/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg, 02/01/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 08/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (JF Sandys), 09/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (JF Sandys),, 12/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kiel (IJ McLachlan), 25/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen (R Sawrey-Cookson), 01/04/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hanau and Le Havre (JF Fisher), 05/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Cologne, 06/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen, 08/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Hamburg, 09/04/1942 Operations – Daylight Attack on Essen, 12/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at LeHavre and Essen, 14/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Dortmund and Le Havre, 15/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Le Havre and Dortmund, 17/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 22/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 02/05/1942 Gardening – St. Nazaire, 04/05/1942 Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart, 06/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart, 07/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay, 30/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 01/06/1942 Attacks Against Targets at Essen



BUCKLEY
Ross Cameron Buckley, RNZAF NZ411206 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6    killed on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 7 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with DV Hamer’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
10/04/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 14/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 16/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven, 20/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Rostock, 22/04/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 26/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 28/04/1943 Mining in Kiel Bay

Stirling Mk.III BK664 AA-M was brought down by A/A fire from a Kreigsmarine (flak ship), battery MAA508, positioned between the Fehmarn-Belt and Lolland Island, in the Baltic. It crashed at 00:23hrs on the western side of Lolland Island and the crew all perished.

The bodies of both air gunners were recovered and are buried in the Svino Churchyard. All other crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 29 on the 28th of April 1943.
Son of William Joseph Buckley and of Mabel Bernice Richards Buckley (Nee Muklejohn), of Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 198.



BUCKLEY
Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAF 170664 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 27
total sorties undertaken 30 (90 % completion rate)

Undertook  Op with AMF Alexander’s crew as  2nd Pilot
30 Ops as Pilot , including 3 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 71 (ABORTIVE), 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 156 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (AMF Alexander as 2nd Pilot), 17/10/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen, 29/12/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 27/01/1944 Mining of the East Coast of Denmark, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 71 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 05/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period AUTHOR 18 (SUCCESSFUL), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 18 (SUCCESSFUL), 13/03/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 156 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens, 09/04/1944 Attack against Villeneuve St. George, 10/04/1944 Attack Against Targets at Laon, 18/04/1944 Attack Against Rouen, 20/04/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 22/04/1944 Attack Against Dusseldorf, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen



BUCKMAN
Cyril William Buckman, RAF 1890438 – Flight Engineer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 10
total sorties undertaken 11 (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RJ Watson’s crew as  F/E
1 Op with CW McCardle’s crew as  F/E
9 Ops with JCL Carey’s crew as  F/E, including 1 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay

Tour History
02/01/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 04/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 06/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 30/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 11/02/1944 Mining off Mouth of River Ardour, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay



BUCKWORTH
George Grainger Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – WOAG  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 34
total sorties undertaken 34 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 34 Ops with S Wilson’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 09/08/1944 Attack Against Fort D’Anglos, 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 12/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 31/08/1944 Attack Against Pont Reny, 03/09/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrom At Eindhoven, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers, 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen, 16/09/1944 Attack Against Moerdijk, 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 29/09/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 11/11/1944 Attack Against Castrop Rauxel, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg



BUDGE
William Finlay Budge, RNZAF NZ41977 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with R Sawrey-Cookson ‘s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
05/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Cologne (R Sawrey-Cookson

The aircraft was brought down by flak over the target, crashing into the city center where its bomb load exploded (see excerpt of the raid above). The bodies of all crew members were recovered and initially buried in the English Military Cemetery, south Cologne, then later reinterred in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

Further casualties occurred among a crowd of people watching a burning bomber (probably a Wellington) crashing in the middle of Cologne as its bomb load exploded, killing 16 people and injuring 30 more.

Killed age 24 on the 6th of April 1942.
Son of John Budge and of Elizabeth Budge (Nee Finlay), of Auckland City, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1. D. 6-18.



BUGLASS
George Turner Buglass, RAF 645313 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7  shot down on 8th Op
total sorties undertaken 8 (88 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with JH Russell’s crew as  Mu/Gnr
1 Op with AW Burley’s crew as  MU/Gnr
1 Op with AMF Alexander’s crew as  MU/Gnr
2 Ops with ES Wilkinson’s crew as  MU/Gnr
3 Ops with GV Helm’s crew as  MU/Gnr

Tour History
05/06/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands (JF Russell), 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg (AW Burley), 30/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Remscheld (AMF Alexander), 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg  (ES Wilkinson as R/Gnr), 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin (ES Wilkinson as R/Gnr), 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg (GV Helm), 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin

Stirling Mk.III EH905 AA – R was struck by one or more bombs falling from an aircraft flying at a higher level over the target. The partially incapacitated aircraft came down near Ludwigsfelde-Heide, 18 miles South South West of Berlin. All except the two Air Gunners died and were buried initially in a collective grave in the Russian Prisoner of War Cemetery near where the Stirling crashed. They later were reinterred in Berlin.
The two RAF air gunners who survived, Sgt’s Burglass and Harries, were taken as P.o.W’s.

P.o.W Number: 12728
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag 357
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known



BULL
D. Bull, RAF 1875258 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4
total sorties undertaken 4 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with RA Evans’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
20/12/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/12/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 11/02/1944 Mining off Morlaix, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay



BULLEN
Robert Bullen, RAF 1356658 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 2 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with AJ Mayfield’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
30/07/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg



BULLIVANT
G. Bullivant, RAF 1395379 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4
total sorties undertaken 4 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with IR Menzies’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
02/09/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 03/09/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Boulogne



BULLOCK
C. Bullock, RAF inj – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 15
total sorties undertaken 18 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with VJ Zinzan’s crew as  A/B
0 Op with DB Shearer’s crew as  A/B, plus 1 Post War flights.
15 Ops with RB Crawford’s crew as  , including 1 DNC – 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss, plus 1 Post War flights.

Tour History
28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne, 29/12/1944 Attack Against Coblenz (Lutzel Marshalling Yard), 31/12/1944 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 03/01/1945 Attack Against Dortmund Oil Refinery, 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss (DNC), 07/01/1945 Attack Against Munich, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken (VJ Zinzan), 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 03/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 10/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt (DB Shearer), 26/05/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive



BUMFORD
A. Bumford, RAF  – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9
total sorties undertaken 16 (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 10 Ops with C.V. Opie’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne plus 5 Post War flights
0 Op with AF Woodcock’s crew as  R/Gnr, plus 1 Post War flights.

Tour History
01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne (DNC), 04/03/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen, 17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 10/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 14/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 30/05/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive (AF Woodcock)



BUNCE
Thomas Gregory Bunce, RAAF AUS.418339 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 30 (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 30 Ops with AD MacKenzie’s crew as  A/B, including 1 DNC – 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier

Tour History
18/04/1944 Attack Against Rouen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier (DNC), 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Bois Des Jardine, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens



BURBIDGE
Kenneth Alfred Burbidge, RNZAF NZ412200 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
05/06/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 14/06/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim)

Stirling Mk.I EF399 AA-O was last heard from at 02:25hrs on a W/T message indicating the aircraft had been badly damaged by AA fire. Soon after, the Stirling was engaged by a night-fighter (Hptm Egmont Prinz zur LippeWeissendfeld, III./NJG1) and shot down at 02:47hrs near Markelo (Overjissel) 12 miles South West of Hengelo, Holland. All the deceased crew were buried in Markelo General Cemetery.

Killed age 22 on the 23rd of June 1943.
Son of Alfred William and Alice Jessie Burbidge, of Byfleet, Surrey, England.
Buried Markelo General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot 4. Row C. Grave 13.



BURBRIDGE
Eric James Burbridge, RAF 1392526 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with V Mitchell’s crew as  Mu/Gnr
3 Ops with BA Franklin ‘s crew as  MU/Gnr

Tour History
20/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin, 28/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin (V Mitchell), 02/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 16/12/1942 Operations. Gardening off Bordeaux

During take-off at 21:45hrs, three aircraft swung badly but this was promptly rectified and they became airborne. Then R9245 (Sgt Franklin) experienced similar wind effect causing it to swing dangerously, but Franklin kept power on to counter it and continued the take-off attempt. The aircraft became airborne briefly but crashed a mile away from the airfield. Two mines exploded and all the crew were killed. It was later established that the starboard undercarriage had hit Devil’s Dyke (a mound around the perimeter) and broke off the oil tank to the starboard inner engine, causing it to seize.

Killed age 21 on the 16th of December 1942.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Burbridge; Husband of Freda Joan Burbridge, of Streatham.
Buried Wandsworth and Streatham Cemetery, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Block 12. Grave 300.
‘In everlasting memory
Of my dearest husband Eric
For ever in my thoughts’



BURBURY
Gordon Owen Burbury, RNZAF NZ427951 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 2 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with JA Elmslie’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg



BURCH
James Colin Burch, RAF 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31
total sorties undertaken 31 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 31 Ops with AR Young’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
25/11/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 30/11/1943 Mining in the Baltic Sea, 30/12/1943 Mining between Le Havre and Cherbourg, 04/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 03/02/1944 Mining off Cherbourg, 11/02/1944 Mining off Mouth of River Ardour, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of River Ardour, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 115b (SUCCESSFUL), 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 129 (SUCCESSFUL), 05/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 149 (SUCCESSFUL), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 20 (SUCCESSFUL), 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes



BURDETT
Val Burdett, RAF 629420 – Wireless Operator/ Front Gunner   
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 30
total sorties undertaken 33 (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with DH McArthur’s crew as  W/Op
26 Ops with TO Freeman’s crew as  W/Op, including 3 DNC – 15/05/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.79 (Holten Sterkrade) and Target A.H.18 (Bridges at Turnhout), 17/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets, A.64, A.75, A.79, M.435, M.464, M.458, AC.6 and AC.7, 31/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target G.1 Nieuport

Tour History
15/05/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.79 (Holten Sterkrade) and Target A.H.18 (Bridges at Turnhout) (DNC), 17/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets, A.64, A.75, A.79, M.435, M.464, M.458, AC.6 and AC.7 (DNC), 19/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory, 25/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Target AR.10) and Reconnaissance of Area Between Courtrai and Brussels, 28/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory Roulers and Menin), 31/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target G.1 Nieuport (DNC), 03/06/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.28 DUSSELDORF, 05/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Cross-Roads and Marshalling Yards at CAMBRAI, 07/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on CHIMAY, ST. VALERY, ABBEVILLE, PONT REMY, 09/06/1940 Bombing Attacks over Enemy Territory, 11/06/1940 Special Duty to ‘PAMELA’, 19/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.39 and L.82. (F/Gnr), 17/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.97, K.62 and M.434. (F/Gnr), 24/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets F.19 & A.108 (R/Gnr), 26/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.431, H.49, and M.122 (R/Gnr), 28/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target C.37., 08/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Alternate Target (Z61) for A.73 – Benvine Plant at MORS, 14/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, M.434, & M.116, 18/07/1942 Bombing Attacks on Target K.56, 20/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.70 and A.71, 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434., 03/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71 at HORST, 09/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.84., 13/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.82, L.82, and D.7., 15/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.85., 19/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.17 and M.431, 24/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.161 and M.434, 29/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.69, Z159, M116, EVERE and WAALHAVEN (DH McArthur), 01/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST, 04/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Thurenger Forest, Black Forest, and Woods South of Strasburg, 07/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against A.70, Essen, Black Forest and Colnac Aerodrome, M.101., 10/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Ostend Harbour and Flushing Docks, 12/09/1940 Bombing Attack on Emden and Schwerte, 14/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Antwerp and Soest



BURGE
J. Burge, RAF  – WOAG  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14
total sorties undertaken 21, including 1 DNC & 6 post war flights. (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 15 Ops with EM Ohlson’s crew as  W/Op, including 1 DNC – 09/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel plus 6 Post War flights

Tour History
16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg, 09/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel (DNC), 13/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 24/04/1945 Attack on Bad Oldesloe, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 23/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 03/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 01/07/1945 Post Mortem – Checking German Radar Equipment



BURGESS
 Burgess, RAF  – Front Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11
total sorties undertaken 11 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RN Allen’s crew as  F/Gnr
1 Op with JA Powell’s crew as  F/Gnr
9 Ops with FJ Lucas’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne, 29/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls, 11/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 29/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Genoa and Frankfurt, 12/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg, 20/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen (RN Allen), 01/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel,  04/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend, 30/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg (JA Powell),



BURGESS
John Burgess, RNZAF NZ4211008 – Air Bomber   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3  shot down on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RD Max’s crew as  A/B
1 Op with RJA Leslie’s crew as  A/B
1 Op with GB Roche’s crew as  A/B
1 Op with TC May’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye (RD Max), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny (RJA Leslie), 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg (GB Roche), 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam (TC May),

ME752 was brought down by a night-fighter at 01:15hrs at Heythuysen in the Dutch province of Limburg, 7 milesl East of Weert. All crew members, except the Air Bomber and Mid-Upper Gunner, died in the crash and were first buried in the Heythuysen cemetery but are now lying in Jonkerbos War Cemetery. F/S Burgess survived and was captured as a POW. F/S McGee also survived and successfully evaded capture.
Sgt Armstrong, the RAF flight engineer, at 40 years of age was one of the oldest airmen killed on Bomber Command operations during 1944.

P.o.W Number: 442
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII. Promoted to W/O whislt interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: 26th of May 1945


BURKE
Dennis Cormac Brian Burke, RAF  – Observer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 22
total sorties undertaken 22 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 22 Ops with WG Horne’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
28/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken, 31/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 06/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 09/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck, 11/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Mainz, 12/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Mainz, 24/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 27/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 28/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg, 01/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken, 10/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 13/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 14/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 19/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken, 24/09/1942 Operations. Gardening off Texel, 26/09/1942 Operations. Gardening in Baltic, 05/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Aachen, 06/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck, 11/10/1942 Operations. Gardening in the Kattegat and Little Belt, 13/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Kiel, 15/10/1942 Activities of “A” Flight at Mildenhall. Operations. Attacks Against Targets at Cologne



BURKE
Edgar Lawrence Burke, RNZAF NZ417016 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 17    killed on 18th Op
total sorties undertaken 18 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with PAM Mosley’s crew as  2nd Pilot
17 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (PAM Mosely as 2nd Pilot), 25/11/1943 Mining off Cherbourg, 29/12/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 04/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 06/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 11/02/1944 Mining in the River Ardour, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of River Ardour, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund

Lancaster Mk.I ME690 AA-Z was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Neerpelt (Limburg) 5miles from Lommel, Belgium, after breaking up in flight. There were no survivors. Their remains were reinterred in Heverlee War Cemetery, near Louvain.

Killed age 26 on the 23rd of May 1944.
Son of Charles Augustine and Tillie May Burke, of Manaia, Taranaki, New Zealand.
Buried Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – 6. C. 2. 178



BURKE
Trevor William Burke, RNZAF NZ402515 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7
total sorties undertaken 7 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with LL Bentley’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
23/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk (LL Bentley   as 2nd Pilot), 26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend (LL Bentley   as 2nd Pilot), 11/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Le Havre (LL Bentley   as 2nd Pilot), 12/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest (LL Bentley   as 2nd Pilot), 17/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Le Havre (LL Bentley   as 2nd Pilot), 23/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest (LL Bentley   as 2nd Pilot),

2nd Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (4 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with J McCullough’s crew as  2nd Pilot
3 Ops with M Lord’s crew as  2nd Pilot
23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient (J McCullough as 2nd Pilot), 03/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg (M Lord as 2nd Pilot), 07/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient (M Lord as 2nd Pilot), 19/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven (M Lord as 2nd Pilot),

Tour Total – 11



BURKE
William Patrick  Burke, RNZAF NZ4210017 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 30, including 1 DNC (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with JR Rodgers’s crew as  Mu/Gnr
29 Ops with SL Spillman’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne

Tour History
05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen (JR Rodgers as Mu/Gnr), 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss (Mu/Gnr), 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden, 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne (DNC), 04/03/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 07/03/1945 Attack Against Dessau, 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte, 23/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 13/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen



BURKEL
J. Burkel, RAF  – Flight Engineer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31
total sorties undertaken 31 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with JA McIntosh’s crew as  F/E
30 Ops with L Boyer’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
03/09/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrom At Eindhoven, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville , 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich (JA McIntosh), 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart,, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg,, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards



BURLEY
Arthur William Burley, RAF 1315375, 147201 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 1 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RO French’s crew as  2nd Pilot
 Op as Pilot

Tour History
12/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg (RO French as 2nd Pilot), 13/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 16/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 21/05/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 25/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 19/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim), 24/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 25/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 03/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 17/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Peenemunde, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 04/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt



BURMESTER
Kenneth James Burmester, RAF 1800126, 152746 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 32, including 3 DNC (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with H Rees’s crew as  A/B
31 Ops with CG Washer’s crew as  A/B, including 3 DNC – 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart

Tour History
07/06/1944 Attack Against Massy Palaiseau, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier (DNC), 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), , 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart (DNC), 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin , 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 16/09/1944 Attack Against Moerdijk, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich (H Rees)



BURN
A E Burn, RAF  – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 17  shot down on 18th Op
total sorties undertaken 19, including 1 DNC (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 19 Ops with JWA Myers’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
30/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne (R/Gnr), 02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 03/06/1944 Attack Against Calais, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre,, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny

Lancaster Mk.I LL921 AA – E was brought down by a night fighter at Harveng (Hainaut), 3.5 miles South South East of Mons. The fighter had collided with the Lancaster during an attack from below, causing severe damage to the starboard wing and an uncontrollable fire in the outer engine. All crew baled out successfully on the Pilot’s’s orders while he managed to keep the aircraft relatively stable. It too then plunged into the ground, sadly killing the pilot. The enemy fighter also crashed nearby.

Of the six who landed safely, three were captured as P.o.W’s while the other three successfully evaded capture.

P.o.W Number: 443
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known.



BURNETT
Thomas Burnett, RAF 1823259 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6  shot down on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 7 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with K Southward’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville, 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen, 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt, 14/09/1944 Attack Against Waasenaar, 04/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund

Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN – K, was at 22,000ft, probably en route to the target, when it was brought down by an enemy night-fighter South West of Monchengladbach, 50 miles South West of Dortmund, crashing near Willich. The Pilot was able to control the aircraft long enough to enable his crew to bale out successfully, but was unable to do so himself and he bravely died in the crash. He was buried at Willich but later reinterred at the Rheinberg War Cemetery. All of Southward’s crew were captured as prisoners of war.

P.o.W Number: 1059
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stag Luft VII. Promoted to F/Sgt whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known.



BURNS
J. Burns, RAF  – Flight Engineer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4
total sorties undertaken 5, including 1 DNC (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with LG Scott’s crew as  F/E, including 1 DNC – 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel

Tour History
03/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel (DNC), 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg



BURRIDGE
Phillip Lincoln Burridge, RAF 901810 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9  shot down on 10th Op
total sorties undertaken 10 (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 10 Ops with AB Slater’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
07/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend, 08/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 30/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg, 15/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest,  23/12/1941 Bombing, Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 27/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf, 02/01/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 08/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 09/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 25/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen

There appears to be no’ Official’ record or explanation as to the nature of the loss of X.3653 or Sgt. John Addis.

In  “Forever strong: The story of 75 Squadron RNZAF, 1916-1990” by Norman Franks, an account of the events of that night by Phil Burridge, Rear Gunner with the Slater crew that night:
“We flew direct to Essen and on the run in took a pounding from ground fire. We received a direct hit in the bomb bay which was full of flares. As the flares were to be used as a marker for the main stream, it was not possible for us to jettison them. We were unable to put the fire out, so the aircraft was eventually abandoned and I landed in Duisberg where I was given a hostile reception by the natives until taken prisoner by some Ack-Ack gunners…..Our second Pilot and W/Op – Tew Wainwright – had worked out a plan whereby if they ever had to abandon the aircraft and were a parachute short, they would clip the remaining parachute on one hook of each of their respective harnesses and jump together. So on this night, when it happened, they both jumped together, but with his arm through Ted’s harness while Ted held him with one arm. Tragically, when the chute opened, the second Pilot was thrown off…….”

P.o.W Number: 24815
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag VIIIB/344. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known.



BURRILL
Frank Burrill, RCAF R.97521 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
24/08/1942 Gardening Off Frisian Islands, 24/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 27/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 10/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf

Wellington Mk.III BJ.968 AA-W was lost without trace. All five crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 20 on the 10th of September 1942.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 103.



BURROWS
Ronald James ‘Jimmy’ Burrows , RAF 1388459 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31
total sorties undertaken 32, including 1 DNC (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 32 Ops with Arthur Russell Young’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TOM 46 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
22/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 25/11/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 30/11/1943 Mining in the Baltic Sea, 30/12/1943 Mining between Le Havre and Cherbourg, 04/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 03/02/1944 Mining off Cherbourg, 11/02/1944 Mining off Mouth of River Ardour, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of River Ardour, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 115b (SUCCESSFUL), 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 129 (SUCCESSFUL), 05/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 149 (SUCCESSFUL), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 20 (SUCCESSFUL), 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TOM 46 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes



BURT
Harry Leister Burt, RNZAF NZ411789 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 1 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with KJ Bettles’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
27/02/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands



BURTON
Alec Herbert Burton, RAF 84007 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14
total sorties undertaken 15, including 1 DNC (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CK Saxelby ‘s crew as  2nd Pilot
9 Ops with GC Kain ‘s crew as  2nd Pilot
5 Ops as Pilot , including 1 DNC – 04/02/1941 Bombing Attacks on Le Havre

Tour History
12/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71. (CK Saxelby as 2nd Pilot), 14/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets G.30, CC.47, SOESTERBURG AERODROME, AND SCHIPOL (GC Kain as 2nd Pilot), 23/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Targets M.66, M.499, BOULOGNE, BERLIN (GC Kain as 2nd Pilot),26/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.501, B.51, M.138 (GC Kain as 2nd Pilot), 06/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Area 1, Area 2, Area 3. (GC Kain as 2nd Pilot), 16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.55 (GC Kain as 2nd Pilot), 22/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets D.55 and Flushing (GC Kain as 2nd Pilot), 08/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on TargetsDon.192, D.197. and Wilhelmshaven (GC Kain as 2nd Pilot),
11/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Turin and Wilhelmshaven (GC Kain as 2nd Pilot), 15/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven (GC Kain as 2nd Pilot), 04/02/1941 Bombing Attacks on Le Havre (DNC), 10/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam, 14/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 21/02/1941 Bombing Attacks on Wilhelmshaven, 26/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne



BURTON
Clarence Sydney Burton, RNZAF NZ414493 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RC Going’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
03/03/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands

The crew took off from Newmarket to lay mines off the Frisian Islands, off the coast of Denmark, part of the Squadron’s continuing efforts to disrupt German shipping. Mine-laying operations were often given to rookie crews as they were considered slightly less dangerous. Bomber Command code-named all the waterways after vegetables or fruit, hence these Op’s became known as “gardening”. On their very first operation, the Going crew was lost without trace.

Lost without trace age 22 on the 3rd of March 1943
Son of Christopher Burton, and of Bertha Burton, of Wanganui, Wellington, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 199.



BURTON
Harry Leonard Burton, RNZAF NZ415863 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 30
total sorties undertaken 33, including 3 DNC (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with WD Whitehead ‘s crew as  Pilot
32 Ops as Pilot , including 3 DNC – 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 124 ABORTIVE), 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 110 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (WD Whitehead as 2nd Pilot), 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Boulogne, 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen, 22/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target, 04/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay (DNC), 04/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of the Gironde Estuary, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 21/02/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 02/03/1944 Mining off Le Havre, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 124 ABORTIVE) (DNC), 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period AUTHOR 17 (SUCCESSFUL), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 18 Alternative target attacked – MONGREL 3 (SUCCESSFUL), 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 110 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 09/04/1944 Attack against Villeneuve St. George, 10/04/1944 Attack Against Targets at Laon, 18/04/1944 Attack Against Rouen, 20/04/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 22/04/1944 Attack Against Dusseldorf, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg



BURTON
Kenneth Reginald Burton, RAF 1325331 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 2 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with LG Trott’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with KH Blimcoe’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
02/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 09/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin



BURTON
Patrick William Burton,  NZ422451 – Air Bomber  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 3 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with EF Robertson’s crew as  A/B
0 Op with WK Rendell ‘s crew as  A/B, plus 2 Post War flights.

Tour History
08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 28/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 29/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BURTT
Henry John Burtt, RNZAF NZ414560 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 25    killed on 26th Op
total sorties undertaken 27, including 1 DNC (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 27 Ops as Pilot , including 1 DNC – 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
10/04/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 18/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 20/04/1944 Mining in the Brest Estuary, 22/04/1944 Attack Against Laon, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 27/05/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 03/06/1944 Attack Against Calais, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg

Lancaster Mk.III ND752 AA-O was attacked by an enemy aircraft at 01:40hrs and brought down close to Udenhout (Noord-Brabant) and a mile North of Tilburg. Five of the crew died but two survived and were captured as POW’s. The dead were buried in the Gilzerbaan General Cemetery.

Killed age 31 on the 21st of July 1944.
Son of Albert John and Edith Jessie Burtt, of Durie Hill, Wanganui, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Tilburg (Gilzerbaan) General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot B. Row 2. Grave 58.



BUSFIELD
Charles Cawood Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 29, including 1 DNC (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with ED O’Callaghan’s crew as  Nav
28 Ops with RW Brumwell’s crew as  Nav, including 1 DNC – 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 30/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens (ED O’Callaghan), 12/08/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 31/08/1944 Attack Against Pont Reny, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre



BUTLER
Eric Frank Butler, RNZAF NZ425558 – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11
total sorties undertaken 15 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with FC Wood’s crew as  2nd Pilot
10 Ops as Pilot , plus 4 Post War flights

Tour History
14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg (FC Wood as 2nd Pilot), 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 26/10/1944 Attack Against Leverkusen, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 11/11/1944 Attack Against Castrop Rauxel, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 04/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 24/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 29/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BUTLER
Laurie Licence Butler, RNZAF NZ421672 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 5, including 1 DNC (60 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with HH Bruhns’s crew as  A/B, including 1 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay

Tour History
20/01/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay

Little is known of the circumstances causing the loss of Stirling Mk.III EH948 AA-Q, although the body of the RAAF Air-Bomber was found washed ashore near Sønderborg, on the south coast of ALS Island, in the NW area of Kiel Bay. It thus seems likely the aircraft was brought down by AA fire from one or more Flak ships known to patrol Kiel Bay. The remaining six crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 22 on the 24th of February 1944.
Son of William Francis and Gertrude Clara Butler, of Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 263.



BUTLER
Patrick Frederick Butler, RAF 1384944 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2    killed on 3rd Op
total sorties undertaken 3 (67 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with M Lammas’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
26/03/1944 Attack against Targets at Courtrai, 05/04/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 23/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay

Stirling Mk.III EF137 AA-E was shot down by a night-fighter at 23:15hrs over Denmark, crashing in flames near Vemmenaes, East South East of Lundby on Tasinge Island. The aircraft broke up on impact and came to rest in shallow waters, where the bodies of all seven crew were recovered and later buried in Åbenrå cemetery.

Killed age 21 on the 23rd of April 1944.
Buried Aabenraa Cemetery, Denmark.
Grave location – Allied Mil. Plot.
Row 4. 1.



BUTLER
Ronald Butler, RAF 1213405 – WOAG  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7
total sorties undertaken 8, including 1 DNC (88 % completion rate)

Undertook 8 Ops with J Pryse’s crew as  W/Op, including 1 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay

Tour History
20/12/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 30/12/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 06/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 11/02/1944 Mining off Mouth of River Ardour, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 20/02/1944 Mining off Cherbourg, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), , 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea



BUTLER
Raymond  Joseph Butler, ,  NZ4213147 – Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 16
total sorties undertaken 19 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 16 Ops with AG Bone’s crew as  W/Op plus 3 Post War flights

Tour History
09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln, 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg, 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam, 29/04/1945 Supply Dropping in the Delf Area, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 04/05/1945 Supply Dropping at the Hague and Delft, 10/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 14/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 16/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 29/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment



BUTT
Raymond George Butt, RAF 930644 – Front Gunner/ Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6    killed on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 7 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with RP Widdowson’s crew as  F/Gnr
1 Op with LF Lucas’s crew as  F/Gnr
3 Ops with Talbot’s crew as  F/Gnr
1 Op with PB Chamberlain’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
21/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg (RP Widdowson), 24/07/1941 Night Attacks Against Targets at Kiel (RP Widdowson), 03/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover (FJ Lucas), 26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne (Talbot), 06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls (Talbot), 13/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest (Talbot), 15/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (Talbot), 17/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Karlsruhe (Talbot), 12/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg (PB Chamberlain)

Little is known of the circumstances, although it seems likely they were the victims of an enemy night-fighter, since four other aircraft from 57, 76, 77, and 102 squadrons, were shot down in the same area that night. X9981 came down near Dinant (Namur), Belgium, with no survivors. All these crew members were buried in the Military Cemetery.

Killed age 20 on the 12th of October 1941.
Son of George and Maud Butt, of Hirwaun, Glamorgan.
Buried Dinant (Citadelle) Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Grave location – Grave 7.
‘At the going down
Of the sun
And in the morning
We will always remember him’



BUZZA
Reginald Ernest Buzza, RAF 2203174 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 24    killed on 25th Op
total sorties undertaken 27, including 2 DNC (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 27 Ops with HE Gilmour’s crew as  F/E, including 2 DNC – 20/04/1944 Mining in the Brest Estuary, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
20/04/1944 Mining in the Brest Estuary (DNC), 22/04/1944 Attack Against Laon, 23/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 30/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg

Lancaster Mk.III ND915 AA-A was brought down by an enemy night-fighter at 01:35hrs between Keldost (Noord-Brabant) and Erp, 3 miles South East of Veghel. Five of the seven crew died and two, the Navigator and Mid Upper Gunner, escaped uninjured  to be taken as Prisoners of War.

Killed age 24 on the 21st of July 1944.
Son of Ernest and Margaret Buzza; husband of Dorothy Joan Buzza, of Hale, Cheshire.
Buried Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot KK. Grave 112. 95
‘Rest in Peace’



BYRNE
F. Byrne, RAF  – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 30
total sorties undertaken 31, including 1 DNC (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with E Howell’s crew as  W/Op
30 Ops with FW Hubbard’s crew as  W/Op, including 1 DNC – 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
26/03/1944 Attack against Targets at Courtrai, 30/03/1944 Mining off Le Havre, 05/04/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 22/04/1944 Attack Against Laon, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger (E Howell), , 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), , 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens



BYRNE
Martin John Byrne, RNZAF NZ404529 – Observer   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6    killed on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 7 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with GEF Bradey’s crew as  Obs
1 Op with AG Osbourne’s crew as  Obs
2 Ops with CV McPherson’s crew as  Obs
3 Ops with JE Gilbertson’s crew as  Observer

Tour History
08/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Wilhemshaven, 13/07/1942 Attack Against Duisburg, 20/07/1942 Daylight Sorties Against Bremen, 21/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 23/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 26/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 28/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg

Wellington Mk.III BJ.661 AA-X was shot down by a German Ju 88 night-fighter at 03:05hrs into the Ijsselmeer, near Amsterdam, while on its way home following the Hamburg raid. The Ju 88 crew of two was Lieutenant Wilfgang Kuthe and his gunner, Unteroffizier Helmut Bonk.

Only Callahan the W/op, and Rutherford the nose gunner, survived the crash and floated free, supported by their life vests. They were later rescued and sent to a POW camp.

The bodies of the captain and navigator were recovered from the wreck and buried in Amsterdam. The rear gunner’s body floated free and was recovered later some distance from the crash site and buried at Harderwijk.

Killed age 32 on the 29th of July 1942.
Son of John and Florence Byrne, of Cambridge, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – Plot 69. Row E. Grave 18.



BYTH
Robert Byth, RAF 1105202 – Air Gunner   
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7
total sorties undertaken 7 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with F Gregory’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
20/12/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 22/12/1943 Mining off Le Havre, 06/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area


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