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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring DatabaseLinks/Archive Reports                        Notes                        
1201 BakerR WSergeantBomber Command103 Sqd
1944-12-24LancasterING420PM-QElsham Wolds1443KolnCrashed at SindorfKilledVenray War Cemetery
1202 BakerE R Wing Commander40660PilotDSO

DFC & Bar

Fighter146 Wing1944-06-16TyphoonIbMN754Killed Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery Reviers France
1203 BakerC R HPilot OfficerBomber Command158 Sqd
1944-12-09HalifaxIIIHX329NP-YLissett1122Scholven-BuerCrashed and exploded at DorstenKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery
1204 BakerLouis Michael GabrielFlight Sergeant4265072nd October 1915 in Brisbane, QueenslandAustralianAir Gunner (Rear)DFM

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

Son of Patrick Albert and Catherine Therese Baker, husband of Ruth Marie Baker, of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
1205 BakerA SFlight LieutenantPilotFighter34 Wing1944-06-23MustangIAG519Sortie
1206 BakerA DSergeantBomber Command550 Sqd
1944-07-12LancasterIIILM647BQ-SNorth Killingholme2130RevignyCrashed at Vignory {Haute-Marne}KilledVignory Communal Cemetery
1207 BakerHoward WarburtonFlight Lieutenant151315NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command582 Sqn
1944-08-09LancasterIIIPB1236O:OLittle Staughton06:30le Havre – Strong Points near garrisonPilot Officer Mackenzie reported: “At 7.15am on 8 September 1944, the plane came in over Le Havre under the cloud with a base of 5,000 feet. The Germans opened up with flak hitting us. I was sitting at the side of Johnny (Goddard) in the second pilot’s seat, when there was a crash, the intercom went dead and fire broke out around the wireless operator. There was a second bang right after the first and the whole front cabin filled with smoke and fire. Johnny shouted for full power and then shouted “jump Mac”. I got down and went back to the navigator’s cabin which was full of smoke, and dragged my chute out, then Neville’s, and then shouted into the smoke that we had to get out. A voice shouted OK. I turned back to the front escape hatch with two figures behind me, which might have been Neville and Howard. When I reached the hatch, it was open and Alan De Beer was just jumping. I went straight out over his heels. After my chute opened I could see the plane with all of the fuselage on fire flying on, until it disappeared into cloud. I looked below and saw another chute, Alan De Beer. After coming down some distance, I heard a crash which I assumed was the plane hitting the ground, but could not see any more chutesKilledSte Marie Cemetery Le Havre Division 67 Row G Grave 9.
1208 BakerFrederick JohnFlying Officer1465941905Air Gunner (Rear)RAFVRBomber Command619 Sqn
1944-05-21LancasterINN695PG:XDunholme Lodge22:58DuisburgIt is reported that the aircraft was shot down by an intruder over East Anglia. The aircraft crashed near RAF East Wretham airfield.

Uffz. Eberhard Baier, his 5th Abschuss, from 6./KG51 claimed a Liberator 20 km north of Bury St.Edmunds at 600m at 02:51 hrs. However it was probable that this was Lancaster NN695 (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (12 May 1944 - 23 July 1944) Part 3 - Theo Boiten)
KilledCambridge City Cemetery Grave 13964Son of Julius Stafford Baker and Charlotte Mary Baker; husband of Gertrude Queenie Ingram Baker, of Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex
1209 BakerG APilot OfficerBomber Command619 Sqd
1944-06-21LancasterIIINE151PG-WDunholme Lodge2310WesselingKilledRheinberg War Cemetery
1210 BakerHSergeant1699340Bomber Command76 Sqd
1943-06-12HalifaxVDK177MP-HLinton on Ouse2304BochumCrashed at StorkerhookKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery
1211 BakerCFlight SergeantBomber Command97 Sqd (Straits Settlements)
1944-06-21LancasterIIIND451OF-LConingsby2325Scholven-BuerCrashed at GriethPoW
1212 BakerLouis Michael GabrielFlight Sergeant426507AustraliaRAAF166 Sqd RAF
1944-06-08RAAF Honour Roll
1213 BakerGeorge F JrCaptainO-796642USAPilotUSAAF358th Fighter Group368th Fighter Squadron
1944-12-31P-51 Mustang2 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
1214 BakerHarry B CaptainO-733780USAPilotUSAAF20th Fighter Group: Loco Busters55th Fighter Squadron
1944-06-30P-51 Mustang1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
1215 BakerHarry F CaptainO-792788USAPilotUSAAF404th Fighter Group506th Fighter Squadron
1944-12-17P-47 Thunderbolt`1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
1216 BakerIrvin C 1st LtO-746018USAPilotUSAAF20th Fighter Group77th Fighter Squadron
1944-05-12P-38 Lightning1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
1217 BakerMaurice F CaptainO-730333USAPilotUSAAF357th Fighter Group362nd Fighter Squadron
1944-05-12P-51 Mustang1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
1218 BakerRay G 1st LtO-559051USAPilotUSAAF355th Fighter Group358th Fighter Squadron
1944-12-05P-51 Mustang2 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
1219 BakerRobert L 1st LtO-733581USAPilotUSAAF78th Fighter Group82nd Fighter Squadron
1944-05-12P-47 Thunderbolt1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
1220 BakerRichard JamesWarrant Officer Class I771963UKPilotRAFVRRAF India28 Sqd RAF
1944-06-08HurricaneIICLD784RAF Imphal10:30RecceIntercepted by 20 enemy fighters, pilot RTB'd heavily damaged.SafeAccident reportPilot dove for the ground followed by 6 Japanese Zeros, Enemy fighters made multiple quarter attacks on him greatly damaging his aircraft. Pilot managed to get his aircraft within the friendly AAA humbrella over Tulihall field forcing the enemy aircrafts to break off.
1221 BalchinDavid HenrySergeant Air Gunner (Rear)J/89965RCAFBomber Command101 Sqd
1944-08-12LancasterIIIPB258SR-VRAF Ludford Magna,Lincolnshire2134BraunschweigPossibly shot down by night fighter piloted by Lt. Josef F̦rster and crashed at Barver, GermanyPoW No. 546 Stalag Luft Bankau-Kreulberg - L7Paradie Archive DatabaseRead Archive Report
1222 BaldEdward W.Technical SergeantSergeant3648397216th January 1923AmericanEngineerAM

US Army Air Force8th Air Force700th Bomber Squadron (445th Bombardment Group (H))1944-12-12B-24J44-10493RN:?Tibenham (Station #124), Norfolk, EnglandHanau marshalling yards (Mission #748), GermanySee Archive report for detailsKilledRepatriated and buried at the Nokomis Cemetery, Nokomis, Illinois
1223 BaldwinE AFlight SergeantA22230RAAFBomber Command460 Sqd RAAF
1943-06-12LancasterIW4329UV-Binbrook2235Bochum?KilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery
1224 BaldwinA HSergeantBomber Command467 Sqd RAAF
1944-08-12LancasterIPD230PO-XWaddington2130RusselheimKilledHotton War Cemetery
1225 BaldwinC SPilot OfficerBomber Command77 Sqd
1944-06-05HalifaxIIINA511EN-CFull Sutton100MaisyCrash landed on take offInjured
1226 BaldwinRonald HurlstonSergeant1202711Flight EngineerDFM

RAFVRBomber Command35 Sqn (Madras Presidency)
1943-06-28HalifaxIIHR850TL:SGraveley23:09KolnHR850 was claimed by Ofw. Fritz Schellwat, his 14th Abschuss, from 5./NJG1, 600m south of Ülppenich, 8 km west fo Euskirchen at 02:10 hrs. Also claimed by Flak units but the victory was confirmed for Schellwat on the 20th December 1944. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (23 June - 22 September) 1943 Part 2 - Theo Boiten)PoW No. 295, Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-SilesiaDFM awarded whilst with 10 Sqn, gazetted 18th May 1943

Commissioned and promoted to Plt Off. (149047) whilst a PoW
1227 BaleFrank Edwin FrickerSergeant W/Op/Air/Gnr976784RAFVRBomber Command57 Sqd
1944-06-07LancasterIME868DX-KRAF East Kirkby, Lincolnshire2219St-LeuCrashed at Fresnay-le-LongInjured - died later from injuriesDurnbach War Cemetery. Grave 6.C.19. Read Archive Report
1228 BaleDFlying OfficerRNZAFBomber Command195 Sqd
1944-12-12LancasterING351JE-EWrattling Common1055WittenCrash landed at Grimbergen Belgium
1229 BalfourAndrew GeorgeSergeantJ/95200Air GunnerRCAFBomber Command426 Sqd RCAF
1944-11-01HalifaxVIINP771OW-JRAF Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire1723Oberhausen See archive report for full details KilledVenray War Cemetery. Grave VI.F.12Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
1230 BallT WFlying OfficerBomber Command101 Sqd
1944-06-21LancasterIIILM508SR-FLudford Magna2317WesselingCrashed near Werkendan {Noord-Brabant}PoW
1231 BallJ D PPilot OfficerBomber Command102 Sqd (Ceylon)
1944-12-23HalifaxIIIMZ871DY-GPocklington1153MulheimCrashed near NeussPoW
1232 BallPeter WilliamFlying Officer1691251922Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command207 Sqn
1944-06-21LancasterIME827EM:ISpilsby23:32WesselingSee Archive report for detailsKilledBergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Coll. grave 6.E.2-7.
1233 BallF CSergeantBomber Command50 Sqd
1944-12-02LancasterIW4119VN-QSkellingthorpe1510TrainingCrashed at East Kirkby LincsKilled
1234 BallWilliamFlying Officer155546NavigatorDFC

RAFVRBomber Command571 Sqn
1944-09-12MosquitoXVIMM1278K:?Oakington20:41BerlinHit by flak/nightfighter which damaged the fuel tanks. Subsequently ran low on petrol and abandoned at 01:05 having regained the East Anglia coast. (possible damaged claim by three pilots. (Nachtjagd War Diaries Volume 2 (April 1944 - May 1945) - Dr Theo E.W. Boiten & Roderick J. Mackenzie)UninjuredDFC awarded whilst with 571 sqn, gazetted 22nd May 1945
1235 BallMelville R 1st LtO-798081USAPilotUSAAF339th Fighter Group: The Chequers504th Fighter Squadron
1944-06-08P-51 Mustang1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
1236 BallSanborn N 1st LtO-736069USAPilotUSAAF56th Fighter Group62nd Fighter Squadron
1944-12-23P-47 Thunderbolt1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
1237 BallantyneJohnSergeant580936Age 23ScotlandW/Op/Air/GnrRAFBomber Command88 Sqd
1940-06-12BattleIL5334RH-?Moisy830St Valery See archive report for further details KilledBeaurepaire Cemetery, France Read Archive Report
1238 BallantyneTSergeantBomber Command467 Sqd RAAF
1944-09-12LancasterILL789PO-PWaddington1913StuttgartCrashed at PfahlbronnKilledDurnbach War Cemetery
1239 BallantyneRaymond Robert StanleyFlight Lieutenant47517Wireless Operator/Air GunnerDFM

RAFBomber Command7 Sqn
1944-01-15LancasterIIIND365MG-LOakington1701BerlinClaim by Hptm Erhard Peters 9/NJG3 - East of Flensburg: 6,200m at 20:04. Crashed in the sea off Vornæs on the island of Taasinge. The Lancaster exploded in the air killing six members of the crew of eight. The fuselage crashed into the sea 100 metres off Vornæs while two engines were found on the beach and two were found in a nearby forest.KilledSvendborg General Cemetery Plot K Collective Grave 1Where and when the bodies of Flt Lt Ballantyne and Flt Sgt Sefton was found is not known. On 12 May 1945 their remains were found buried on the grounds of the Dragoon Barracks in Svendborg. On 17 May 1945 their remains were finally laid to rest in Svendborg cemetery, Reverend Petersen officiated at the graveside ceremony which were attended by an officer and 6 privates of the British army, an guard of honour of resistance fighters, County chief administrative officer Lassen, Judge Filip Hansen, Mayor Ferdinand Jensen, Kaptain Krarup and Baron Schaffalitzky de Muckadell as well as several local people. (Air war Over Denmark)

Son of Herbert Samuel Binning Ballantyne and Millicent Louisa Ballantyne, of Paddington, London
1240 BallardGeorge JamesFlying Officer425417AustraliaRAAF1 Ferry Control Pool RAF1944-03-06RAAF Honour Roll
1241 BallingerW SSergeantBomber Command101 Sqd
1944-08-12LancasterIME617SR-NLudford Magna2127RuselheimKilledDurnbach War Cemetery
1242 BallochFWarrant OfficerPilotFighter165 Sqd
1944-06-07SpitfireIXMK855ERodeoForce landed near CarhaixPoW
1243 BallsDonald Albert OliverSergeant1853283Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command150 Sqn
1944-12-31LancasterING164IQ-DRAF HemswellOsterfeldCircumstances of loss unknown. However the Nachtjagd War Diaries Volume 2 (April 1944 - May 1945) - Dr Theo E.W. Boiten & Roderick J. Mackenzie records three German night fighter pilots each claiming a probable from one of three Lancasters of 150, 166 or 626 Sqns.KilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery
1244 BalmanJ HSergeantBomber Command514 Sqd
1944-11-12LancasterING350JI-CWaterbeach833OsterfeldCrashed at SterkradeKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery
1245 BalsdonD EFlying OfficerBomber Command44 Sqd
1944-06-09LancasterINN697KM-RDunholme Lodge2203EtampesCrashed at Morigny-ChampignyKilledMorigny-Champigny Communal Cemetery
1246 BamberoughRFlying OfficerBomber Command12 Sqd
1944-09-23LancasterING116PH-OWickenby1829NeussCrashed at AldkerkKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery
1247 BamfordTFlight SergeantBomber Command115 Sqd
1944-06-07LancasterIHK552KO-JWitchford.0037.ChevreusseCrashed at Montchauvet {Yvelines}KilledMontchauvet Communal Cemetery
1248 BamfordJFlying OfficerPilotFighter421 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-27SpitfireIXMK969Dive BombingCrash landed at VaravillePoW
1249 BancroftBruce DouglasPilot Officer421635AustralianPilotDFC

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

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

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

Awarded the George Cross. Gazetted 2 July 1946. Citation reads: "The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the George Medal to the undermentioned:-— Flying Officer Bruce Douglas BANCROFT, DFC (421635), Royal Australian Air Force, No. 96 Squadron. On the 13th June 1945, Flying Officer Bancroft was captain of a Dakota aircraft detailed to carry freight from Bikram to Meiktila. About 30 minutes after the aircraft was airborne, an explosion occurred in the port engine and it caught fire. The aircraft lost height and the pilot was forced to 'land. In doing so the aircraft hit an earth bank and burst into flames. Flying Officer Bancroft, although badly burned, succeeded, with the help of the navigator, in extricating four members of the crew from the burning wreckage. Although in great pain, Flying Officer Bancroft then immediately took steps to get help and, refusing the use of a bullock cart as being too slow, he set out on foot for a railway station five miles away, believing he could summon help toy telegraph." He became unconscious on the way but revived and carried on despite the pain from his burns and the great heat of the noonday sun. Flying Officer Bancroft eventually reached the railway station only to find that there were no telegraph facilities available. He had to wait some hours for a train, which took him to a place where he was able to contact a doctor. Only when he was assured that help was on the way to his comrades, did this officer allow his injuries to be treated. Throughout, his thoughts were only for his crew, and, by his brave and unstinting efforts, Plying Officer Bancroft displayed a high standard of devotion to duty and a complete disregard of self. "
1250 BancroftW SFlight SergeantBomber Command103 Sqd
1944-07-12LancasterIME674PM-TElsham Wolds2135RevignyCollided with 550 Sqn Lancaster I LL796 BQ-O & crashed at Couvonges {Meuse}KilledCouvonges

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