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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                        
1551 BethelStanley JamesFlying OfficerAUS/411987Born on 18th February 1920AustralianAir BomberRAAFBomber Command460 Sqd RAAF
1944-12-12LancasterIIIPB542AR-D2RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire1559Essen See archive report for further details KilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 13.G.14 Read Archive Report
1552 BethelR EWarrant OfficerRAAFBomber Command97 Sqd
1944-06-09LancasterIIIND764OF-BConingsby2154EtampesExploded near Boissy-sous-St-Yon {Essonne}PoW
1553 BethelStanley JamesFlying Officer411987AustraliaRAAF460 Sqd RAAF
1944-12-12RAAF Honour Roll
1554 BetleyRoland Desmond ErnestFlight Sergeant4214951922New ZealanderPilotRNZAFBomber Command75 Sqn RNZAF
1944-06-15LancasterILL888AA:XMepal23:09ValenciennesClaim by Oblt Peter Ehrhardt 9/NJG5 - Cambrai/Lille/Valenciennes area: 2,000m at 00:52. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 3 - Theo Boiten) Crashed Rieux-en-Cambresis (Nord) 9km ENE of CambraiKilledRieux Communal Cemetery Coll. Grave 8-10Six of the crew were found. with the wreckage. The seventh, and RAF member of the crew, appears to have died on baling out, his body being found by local inhabitants a few km to the NW. He was buried at Iway before being reinterred alongside his comrades at Rieux.

Son of John Ernest Betley and of Amy Violet Betley (nee Shaw), of Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand; husband of Barbara Isobel May Betley, of Oroua Downs, Wellington, New Zealand.
1555 BettertonDSergeantBomber Command44 Sqd
1944-06-21LancasterIIIND973KM-ADunholme Lodge2312WesselingCrashed at Herkenbosch {Limburg}KilledJonkerbos War Cemetery
1556 BettingtonM MWarrant OfficerRAAFBomber Command466 Sqd RAAF
1944-06-02HalifaxIIIHX271HD-VLeconfield2222TrappesCrashed Dannemarie {Yvelines}KilledDreux Communal Cemetery
1557 BettingtonMax MilsonWarrant Officer412306AustraliaRAAF466 Sqd RAAF
1944-06-03RAAF Honour Roll
1558 BettneySSergeantBomber Command102 Sqd (Ceylon)
1944-12-23HalifaxIIIMZ827DY-Pocklington1148MulheimCrash landed at Carnaby on return
1559 BettyRowland DavidFlying Officer515011914Wireless OperatorRAFBomber Command50 Sqd
1944-01-28LancasterIIILM428VN-OSkellingthorpe24BerlinPossible claim by Hptm Werner Hoffmann Stab I/NJG5 - near Molchow North of Neuruppin (DF 8): 5,800m at 03:12. Crashed Steinberg where the crew were initially buried. (Nachtjagd War Diaries, Vol 1 - Theo Boiten)KilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery Plot 9 Row Z Collective Grave 24-28
Investigating officers from the RCAF visited the village of Steinberg 40 miles NW of Berlin. They were told by the villagers that a large British aircraft had crashed four to five hundred yards west of the villa and that the crew had been buried in a communal grave in the local cemetery. It was believed that the aircraft had been shot by night fighters. The grave was exhumed but unhappily Sgt. Taylor the Flight Engineer and the Bomb Aimer Fg.Off. Daynes of the crew were the only ones who could be individually identified. (Extract from letter to Mrs Presland by Wg.Cdr. Gunn RCAF Causalities Officer dated 23 March 1950)

Son of Rowland T. Betty and Jean W. Betty; husband of Betty Betty, of Hartford, Cheshire
1560 BeutelWFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command106 Sqd
1944-06-24LancasterILL975ZN-HMetheringham2225PommervalKilledSt-Sever Cemetery Rouen
1561 BeutelWilliam Flight Sergeant434288AustraliaRAAF106 Sqd RAF
1944-06-25RAAF Honour Roll
1562 BevanHerbert Cyril ClaudeSergeant563098ObserverRAFBomber Command12 Sqn
1940-06-07BattleIP2162PH:QEchiemmes17:28PoixSee archive report for further detailsKilledSt. Valery-En-Caux Franco-British Cemetery. Coll. grave A, 24-26
1563 BeveridgeMassey WilliamsonWing CommanderJ/15070RCAFFighter409 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-06MosquitoNFXIIIMM587PatrolInjured
Paradie Archive DatabaseArchive Report
1564 BeverstockAlbert SmedleyLeading Aircraftman62078AustraliaRAAFRAAF Station Bradfield Park1944-06-13RAAF Honour Roll
1565 BevertonH AFlight SergeantBomber Command15 Sqd
1944-09-12LancasterINF958LS-MMildenhall1841FrankfurtCrashed at Wieblingen BanhnofKilledDurnbach War Cemetery
1566 BickelCarl G 1st LtO-744680USAPilotUSAAF354th Fighter Group353rd Fighter Squadron: Cobras
1944-06-29P-47 Thunderbolt1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
1567 BickellGeorge R Lt ColonelO-392737USAPilotUSAAF354th Fighter Group1944-03-06P-51 Mustang1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
1568 BicknellE SSergeantBomber Command619 Sqd
1944-11-06LancasterIIINN723PG-JStrubby1631GravenhorstCrashed in North SeaKilledRunnymede
1569 BielbyPeter RaymondSergeant1318936Age ?NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command625 Sqd
1944-03-30LancasterIIIW5009CF-ZRAF Kelstern2144Nurnberg See archive report for further details KilledRheinberg War Cemetery- Coll. Grave 17. D. 12-18. Read Archive Report
1570 BielbyRichard RossSergeantCanadianWireless Operator/Air GunnerRCAFBomber Command426 (Thunderbird) Sqn, RCAF
1944-06-06HalifaxIIILW377OW:GLinton on Ouse21:35Coutances, Normandy, FranceSee Archive Report for detailsSafeParadie Archive Database
1571 BielickiJózefPlutonowy PilotWarrant OfficerP.793845Born 12 February 1922 Warszawa (Age 22 when killed)PolandPilotVirtuti Militari

(Posthumous- By order of Polish PSZ command Number 4/44)
Krzyz Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

PAFBomber Command1586 Special Duties Flight SOE1944-08-15Consolidated LiberatorVlKG890GR-SRAF Brindisi, ItalyWarsaw supply drop Engaged on Warsaw Supply Drops. Aircraft was shot down by a German Night Fighter and crashed at Nieszkowicach Wielkich, Bosnia . Location : Poland. Killed on Operational FlightPAF Memorial, Northolt, Originally buried at Pogwizdowie, but later exhumed and was re-buried in Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery, Poland. Plot III Row A Grave 3
Archiwum Polish Database
1572 BieżuńskiJan Adam Starszy Sierzant Radio Operator SergeantP. 780314 (783314?)17.06.1905 Ulatowo PrzasnyszPolandRadio OperatorVirtuti Militari

Krzyż Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy (x4)

PAFBomber Command300 Sqd (Polish)
1943-04-03BrindisiWeller 5. SOE support for Polish Home ArmyKnown as 'Orzyc' and 'Minus'. Parachutist. During the September 1939 campaign he served in the 1st Air Regiment. On September 17 he crossed the Polish-Romanian border, he was interned, from where he escaped to France, where from November 1939 to January 1940 he served in the Polish Air Force. From January 1940 he was in Great Britain, where he served as a radio operator in 300 Squadron, with whom he participated in the first, historical expedition of Polish bomber aviation from Great Britain to Germany on the night of 14 to 15 September 1940 (3 bombers from 300 and 301 Squadrons) ). In total, he made 45 operational flights.

After training for the aviation tasks in the underground, as well as in radiotelegraphy and sabotage, he was sworn in on March 4, 1943, and adopted the pseudonym 'Orzyc' and then transferred to the Main Transit Base in Brindisi, Italy.

He was dropped in Poland on the night of 3 to 4 April 1944 as part of the 'Weller 5' air operation. He was assigned to the Aviation Department of Division III of the Home Army Headquarters. A few days after the jump, on April 7, 1944, he was accidentally arrested in Warsaw. After getting out of Pawiak, he was transferred from Warsaw and assigned to the Lublin AK District. On July 18, 1944, he took a radio station from the 'Pajak' partisan detachment and, together with a five-man security service, went to the east, probably to the Lwów AK area. The details of the task are unknown.

After the Second World War, he was persecuted by the UB and harassed by frequent interrogations. He settled in the Bartoszyce commune and became the head of the elementary school in Kiertny Wielkie. After a sudden death in 1968, he was buried in the municipal cemetery in Bartoszyce at ul. Kętrzyn
Died March 18 1968Bartoszyce CemeteryArchiwum Polish Database
1573 BiggsH DFlying OfficerRCAFBomber Command405 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-22LancasterIIIPA977LQ-DGransden Lodge1549BingenPoW Paradie Archive Database
1574 BiggsWilliam FrankSergeant569401Age 23BritishFlight EngineerRAFBomber Command12 Sqd
1943-06-11LancasterIIIDV157PH-ZRAF Wickenby, Lincolnshire2322DusseldorfSee archive report for further detailsKilledBergen General Cemetery. Plot 2. Row D. Grave 11Son of Walter Seth Biggs and Helen Amelia Biggs, of Reading, Berkshire, England. Body washed up near Bergen aan Zee on the 18th June 1943.
1575 BigorayWilliam WalterFlight SergeantR/93566CanadaW/Op/Air/GnrDFMRCAFBomber CommandWireless Interception Flight 1474 (Special Duties)1942-12-03WellingtonicDV819DT-G RAF Gransden Lodge, Cambridgeshire 202Special Duties See archive report for further brief detail SafeKilled later in 1944Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
1576 BilauJuliuszPodporucznik PilotFlying OfficerP-2195 / 782766Born 9 October 1907 (Age 26)PolandPilotMedal Lotniczy (x3)

PAFBomber Command305 Sqd (Polish)
1944-06-13De Havilland MosquitoF.B.VlHR143SM-ZRAF LashamNormandyLost in early hourss of 13 June 1944 following strikes on German road and rail transport in Normandy. Location : France.Killed on Operational Flight PAF Memorial, Northolt, No Known Grave - Lost on Operations over Normandy
Archiwum Polish Database
1577 BilbieJFlying OfficerRCAFBomber Command427 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-12HalifaxIIILV821ZL-NLeeming2115BraunschweigCrashed in North SeaKilledRunnymede Paradie Archive Database
1578 BillingtonT HSergeantBomber Command214 Sqd
1944-09-12FortressIIIHB702BU-AOulton1900BSCrashed off CalaisKilledRunnymede
1579 BiltoftA HWarrant OfficerRAAFBomber Command576 Sqd
1944-05-06LancasterIIIND783UL-C2Elsham Wolds.0015.AubigneKilledBayeaux War Cemetery France
1580 BinghamW NFlight LieutenantBomber Command156 Sqd
1944-12-30LancasterIIIPB621GT-NUpwood1823KolnCrashed at Koln-RodenkirchenKilledRheinberg War Cemetery
1581 BinghamWalter E 2nd LtO-763042USAPilotUSAAF367th Fighter Group392nd Fighter Squadron
1944-12-23P-38 Lightning1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
1582 BinionC EFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command44 Sqd
1944-11-06LancasterIME791KM-KTrainingCrash landed
1583 BinnieNSergeantRCAFBomber Command420 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-10HalifaxIIILW674PT-ETholthorpe2203VersaillesCrashed at Theuville {Eure-et-Loir} EvaderParadie Archive Database
1584 BinnieNeil ArlieLeading Aircraftman33659AustraliaRAAF1 Sqd RAAF
1944-06-24RAAF Honour Roll
1585 BinnsStanleyFlight Sergeant14302341922NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command622 Sqn
1944-05-31LancasterIIIND926GI:DMildenhall23:43Trappes Railway YardClaim by Hptm Fritz Sothe 4./NJG4 - Meru 40km North West of Paris (UE 1) at 01:54. Debris was scattered between Housoye (Oise) and Porcheux 7km South West of Auneuil. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (12 May 1944 - 23 July 1944) Part 3 - Theo Boiten)KilledMarissel French National Cemetery Collective Grave 232Son of Harry and Sarah jenny (née Lobley) Binns from Yorkshire, England
1586 BirchEricSergeant1509133Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command12 Sqn
1944-03-24LancasterIIIND650PH-YWickenby18:33BerlinOn the homeward journey, and well south of track over Duisburg, the aircrafts nose was hit by flak, setting it on fire. The crew abandoned the aircraft soon after, and the aircraft crashed at Geldern-VeertKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery Plot 1 Row D Grave 5
1587 BirchTWarrant Officer1330097Fighter151 Sqd
1944-06-10MosquitoNFXIIHK505RangerCrashed near BordeauxKilledVillenave D'ornon (St- Brise) Communal Cemetery France
1588 BirchS HFlight SergeantBomber Command207 Sqd
1944-11-06LancasterIIIND555EM-DSpilsby1628GravenhorstKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery
1589 BirchfieldFrank Edward WalterWing Commander39777Age 39BritishPilotAFC

OBE

RAFFighter Command46 Sqd
1956-06-12JavelinFAW IXA570BRAF Odiham, Hampshire2322Training exerciseSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledCremated at Reading Crematorium

Born on the 26th April 1917 joining the RAF as a pupil pilot on the 5th April 1937.. Married to Section Officer Anne Stuart Birchfield (née Holt) 3820 of the Womens Auxiliary Air Force. (Enrolled 05th August 1941 as Air-craftswoman 2nd class 2095337) Left the service on the 11th October 1945. Cdr. Birchfield was employed on the staff of Allied Expeditionary Air Force from its inception, being employed on Air Staff Plans. His work both current and future operations, but in particular he was associated with the the preparation of specially secret Inter-Service and Inter-Allied Schemes of the utmost importance to the success of the entire operations on the continent. This called for a spirit of co-operation, long hours and much initiative. His work greatly contributed to the success of the Normandy Landings on “D” Day.
1590 BirdH WPilot OfficerRAAFBomber Command77 Sqd
1944-06-16HalifaxIIINA545KN-RFull Sutton2315SterkradeCrashed off coast of HollandKilled
1591 BirdD GSergeantRCAFBomber Command28 OTU
1943-06-12WellingtonICR1324WymeswoldAir Sea Rescue?KilledRunnymedeParadie Archive Database
1592 BirdF WSergeantBomber Command158 Sqd
1944-06-02HalifaxIIILV635NP-KLissett2221TrappesCrashed Barneville-sur-Seine {Eure}PoW
1593 BirdAlfred William DavidSergeant1397370Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command635 Sqn
1944-08-26LancasterIIIND355F2:WDownham Market20:11KielND 355 was claimed as a probable by Gottfried Schneider, his 14th Abschuss and his 2nd of three that night, from 1./NJG3 - North of Schleswig: 5.500m at 23:12 hrs. Coned by Flak searchlight (“Lancaster Damp” 23:10”) (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (24 July 1944 - 15 October 1944) Part 4 - Theo Boiten)PoW No. 5276, Stalag Luft 1
1594 BirdHarold WilliamPilot Officer417330AustraliaRAAF77 Sqd RAF
1944-06-17RAAF Honour Roll
1595 BirkbyRSergeantBomber Command214 Sqd
1944-09-12FortressIIIHB702BU-AOulton1900BSCrashed off CalaisKilledCalais Southern War Cemetery
1596 BirkinFFlight Sergeant621280Bomber Command12 Sqd
1943-06-28LancasterIIIEE195GZ-BWickenby2309KolnCrashed off coast of HollandKilledRunnymede
1597 BirminghamJoseph PatrickSergeantR200346CanadianAir Gunner (Rear)RCAFBomber Command578 Sqn
1944-08-12HalifaxIIINA604LK:TRAF Burn, Yorkshire21:37RusselheimSee Archive report for further detailsKilledDurnbach War Cemetery. Collective Grave G7.F 7-11Paradie Archive Database
1598 BirnieHugh WaldiePilot OfficerJ/1916216th January 1922 in Toronto, OntarioCanadianNavigatorRCAFBomber Command426 Sqn RCAF
1944-06-28HalifaxVIINP683OW-MLinton on Ouse22:20Metz marshalling yards, FranceSee Archive report for detailsMurderedRunnymede Memorial Panel 245Paradie Archive Database
1599 BirnieRichard T 2nd LtO-713587USAPilotUSAAF358th Fighter Group366th Fighter Squadron
1944-12-23P-47 Thunderbolt1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
1600 BirtlesR JFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command635 Sqd
1944-06-11LancasterIIIJB239F2-ADownham Market2340NantesCrashed at Vertou {Loire-Atlantique}KilledPont-du-Cens Communal Cemetery

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