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The Battle of Britain clasp (worn on the 1939-45 Star – or a silver gilt rosette if medal ribbons only are worn) is restricted to aircrew from 71 defined units
of RAF Fighter Command, Coastal Command or the Fleet Air Arm, who flew at least one operational sortie between 00:01 July 10 1940 and 23:59 October 31 1940.

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VintageWings.ca: comprehensive listing of artworks
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Wikipedia: Life stories of leading pilots and crew
AircrewRemembered Paradie Canadian Archive Database: 45,000 Service Records of RCAF personnel
AircrewRemembered Allied Losses and Incidents Database: Covering 120,000+ Allied aircrew 1939 - 1945
AircrewRemembered Archiwum: specialist database with details of Polish personnel (in Polish)
AircrewRemembered Kracker Luftwaffe Archive: 31,000 Luftwaffe pilot and crew details
AircrewRemembered LOST: Rob Philips Memorial Archive: Dutch losses in Europe
bel-memorial.org: Comprehensive site on Belgian aircrew

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101 BaileyJames Richard Abe 'Jim'Plt Off74660British264 Sqd

85 Sqd

DFC
Defiant/Hurricane

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
102 BaillonPaul AbbottPlt Off86331RAFVRBritish609 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-11-28Pilot . Bailed out Spitfire I (P9503) on 1940-10-27 after combat over Andover at 11:50hrs. KIA 1940-11-28, shot down by a Bf 109 off Isle of Wight. Buried at Bayeux, France. Bayeux War Cemetery Age 26

103 BainGeorge Stobie PrestonPlt Off85647British111 Sqd

Hurricane
104 BainesCyril Edgar JosephSqd Ldr26152British238 Sqd

Hurricane
105 BairdGeorge MauriceFlt Lt42094New Zealander248 Sqd

BlenheimPoWSurvived warMay 1, 2008, aged 94.Born in 1913, Baird went to Shannon School and Palmerston North Boys’ High School. He was member of the Manawatū Aero Club and was an air force trainee before WWII. In 1939 he headed to England for more training, joining 248 Sqd on November 6 that year. George Maurice “Morrie” Baird from Foxton, New Zealand was also among the heroes of the sky, of whom British wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill memorably said: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Baird, a pilot officer, flew a Bristol Blenheim light bomber in 248 Sqd, based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Its job was to defend against Nazi strikes launched from Norway. Baird and three others in his plane were shot down over the North Sea on October 20 while flying a reconnaissance mission off Norway. One engine was lost after a strike from an ME109 and the cockpit filled with smoke. Flying blind and low, Baird skimmed the waves at 240kmh before striking the sea 19 kilometres from Utsira Island. The fuselage filled with water, but Baird opened the hatch, freeing himself and one of the other men aboard, who was unconscious. He couldn’t rescue another man, who was knocked out, but the final crewman freed himself. The three survivors clambered aboard a dinghy and were picked up by the Germans. Baird was taken to Germany, where he was moved several times before ending up at the infamous Stalag Luft 3, in modern day Poland, in April 1942. A letter from Baird to his family had arrived, dated November 28, 1940, when he was in a prison camp at Dulog Luft, Germany. “In this he states that he expected soon to be transferred to another camp somewhere on the Baltic Coast.” Stalag Luft 3 at one point housed more than 10,000 prisoners of war, all air force men, and is best known for the 1944 Great Escape, in which 76 POWs broke out, although only three weren’t re-captured. Baird wasn’t part of this and remained at the camp until its liberation by the Soviets in 1945, after which he returned to Britain. After the war he returned to New Zealand in 1945, marrying the following year.In 1947 Baird applied to rejoin the RAF and returned to Britain, doing refresher causes on Oxfords and Wellingtons before converting to Lincolns. He joined 35 Sqd as a flight commander. From 1950 he served as an air traffic controller in Britain, Asia and Germany before retiring from the RAF in 1963 as a flight lieutenant. Twenty Kiwis died in the dog fight in the skies over and around Britain and, of the New Zealanders involved in the battle, another 40 would be killed later in the war.

Blenheim lVf P6952 shot down attacking enemy aircraft off Norwegian coast and recce sortie; Baird captured, Sgt D L Burton captured wounded, Sgt R Copcutt missing, W/O S V Wood captured wounded. Surviving aircrew. Taken prisoner October 20th 1940 were D.L.Burton, R.Copcutt and S.V.Wood.

106 BakerPOBritish600 Sqd

Blenheim
107 BakerAubrey CyrilSgt64892British610 Sqd

DFC
SpitfireJoined 610 Sqd 1940-07-27. Destroyed two Bf 109's on the 24th and one on the 29th of August 1940. Awarded DFC 1942-12-04.
108 BakerBarrieSgt935961RAFVRBritish264 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
MIA1940-08-26Defiant L6985 destroyed a DO 17 then was shot down by BF 109s over Thanet, crashed into Herne Bay, Banham the pilot baled out and was rescued, Baker missing. Gunner in Defiants during the early part of the Battle. Shot down 1940-08-26 off Herne Bay at 12:30hrs. Defiant I (L6985) crashed into the sea and he perished in the crash. His pilot F/L A.J.Banham escaped the crash. Runnymede Age 27
109 BakerClive Conrad MahoneyPlt Off40499British23 Sqd

OBE

BlenheimBlenheim doing night interceptions.
110 BakerHenry Collingham 'Butch'Plt Off41146British41 Sqd

421 Flight
SpitfireReleased from RAF as Squadron Leader, Jan 1946. Born Worksop, Notts, 19 May 1920.
111 BakerLouis VictorSgt157151British236 Sqd

Blenheim
112 BakerPPlt OffBritish236 Sqd

113 BakerRonald DavidSgt518293RAFBritish56 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-08-11On 1940-07-13 shot down Ju 87 but then made a force landing. 1940-08-11 at 13:00hrs, shot down on a convoy patrol in Hurricane I (N2667). Baled out but was dead when picked up. Hurricane N2667 shot down possibly by a Spitfire, crashed into the sea. Letchworth Cemetery England Age 23

114 BakerStanleyPlt Off80811RAFVRBritish54 Sqd

66 Sqd

SpitfireMIA1941-02-11Runnymede Age 21
115 BallGeorge EricFlt Lt (later Sqd Ldr)39842RAFBritish242 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneKIFA1946-02-01 Age 27Pilot. Exeter Higher Cemetery

Duxford, September 1940
116 BallardJames Eric William 'Bill'Sergeant745731RAFVRGreat Britain610 Sqd
SpitfireKilled1941-08-27 Age 23Logbook records an operational sortie flown on October 8, 1940, a flight that was confirmed by the signatures of his commanding officer and flight commander

14 April 2020: A Spitfire pilot has been posthumously added to the ranks of The Few, nearly 80 years after the Battle of Britain. Sergeant James Eric Williams Ballard is now part of the famed number of people who fought in the air battle in 1940. Due to the desperate need for fighter pilots as German planes attacked the UK, Sgt Ballard had only 9 hours of flying time before joining 610. The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust has recognised his role in the three and a half month battle after discovering his logbook. The book shows an operational sortie flown on 8 October 1940, confirmed by the signatures of his commanding officer and flight commander. Group Captain Patrick Tootal, secretary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, said: 'The research goes on and even 80 years later we learn new things about the Battle of Britain. It is rare to be able to add a new name to the list of those who took part, especially a Spitfire pilot. Sergeant Ballard's contribution to the Battle was relatively small but without him and men like him the RAF could not have achieved its victory.' After the battle, Sgt Ballard was killed in action, aged 23, on 27 August 1941 during an operation over mainland Europe. His body was never found but his name appears on the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede which overlooks the River Thames in Surrey.

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Runnymede Memorial, Panel 39.



117 BambergerCyril Stanley 'Bam'Sgt810024 (later commissioned with Service No.116515)RAFVRBritish610 Sqd

41 Sqd

DFC & Bar

Air Efficiency Award

Spitfire6Died2008-02-03Born in Port Sunlight 4 May 1919, joined the RAFVR in 1938. Shot down two Bf 109s from Hawarden and Hornchurch. 1941 volunteered for Malta in Hurricanes with 261 Sqd RAF from Hal Far from late November 1940 and shot down two Junkers Ju 87 aircraft over the Grand Harbour in January 1941. Bamberger joined 93 Sqd RAF in 1942 and was deployed to Tunisia. Commissioned 1942. Volunteered for North Africa and shot down another Ju 87 (Sicily) and damaged another ( Italy - 1943). DFC on 28 September 1943. In Italy he shot down another 109 and damaged another. Promoted to Flt Lt 9 February 1944. 3 July 1945 Bar to DFC at Buckingham Palace from the King. Served in RAF Intelligence during the Korean War.
118 BandinelJames Julius Frederick HenryPlt Off74326RAFBritish3 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-12-14Alamein Memorial
119 BanhamArthur JohnSqd Ldr37565British264 Sqd

229 Sqd  (CO Oct 1940)

Defiant/Hurricane

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
WIAFlying Defiants during the early part of the Battle. Shot down 1940-08-26 off Herne Bay at 12:30hrs. Defiant L6985 destroyed a Do 17 then was shot down by Bf 109s over Thanet, crashed into Herne Bay, Banham baled out and was rescued but air gunner Baker was missing. Promoted to Squadron Leader and took over command of 229 Sqd from 1940-09-07. 1940-10-15 baled out Hurricane I (P3124) wounded with burns after being shot down by a Bf 109 over Kent at 10:00hrs. His aircraft crashed near Stockbury, Kent.
120 BanisterThomas HenrySgtBritish219 Sqd

DFM

Blenheim
121 BanksWilliam HenrySgtBritish32 Sqd

Hurricane
122 BannSamuel EricSgt741589RAFVRBritish238 Sqd

Hurricane1KIA1940-08-28Born in 1914 Macclesfield, son of Samuel and Credence. Athey Street School and then Manchester College of Technology where he studied aeronautical engineering. He became a member of the Macclesfield Aeronautical Society and at the outbreak of war enlisted in the RAF. Flew 60 missions during the war and recorded his experiences in a remarkable set of letters. In the thick of the action from the beginning, being shot down into the Channel in July and shooting down an Me 110 in the same month as well as an He 111 in August. In one moving letter to his family he said: “We have had orders to stop the advance at all costs. Believe me, to see the German dive bombers in their hundreds cutting at our poor troops makes you only glad to help. It’s terrible.” Eric’s dogfight against 25 German fighters was captured in an extraordinary commentary broadcast on the BBC. He later wrote to his parents saying he “ducked and fought like a madman”. On September 15, the climax of the Battle of Britain, Eric was again at the cutting edge. Later that month the sergeant was recommended for a commission, but on the 28th his Hurricane was ‘bounced’ by a German fighter while on patrol over the Isle of Wight. Eye-witnesses saw Eric’s aircraft on fire and heading towards Portsmouth at speed. Seconds later he decided to bale out but his parachute failed to open and he plunged to his death on Brading Marshes. Eric’s death was front page news in the Macclesfield paper which included the tribute “he has set a glorious example of courage, gameness and determination”.

Pilot Hurricane V6776 damaged by BF109s over Fareham, Bann baled out but was killed when parachute failed. Macclesfield Cemetery England Age 26
Remembering Sgt. Bann



123 BaraldiFerdinand Henry Raphael 'Jimmy'Plt OffBritish609 Sqd

Spitfire
124 BarańskiWieńczysławFlt LtP-0249 42385PAFPolish607 Sqd

VMHurricaneDied1970-08-08In September 1939 CO of 113 Fighter Escadrille, which defended Warsaw. Died in UK.
Archiwum Database

125 BarberRobert HughPlt OffBritish46 Sqd

AFC

HurricaneSurvived war31st March 1998.Born on 19th December 1915 at Hatfield, Hertfordshire England. Educated at Oakham School. Entered the RAF on a short service commission in June 1939. 22 E&RFTS Cambridge he was posted to 12 FTS Grantham in late August. Early 1940 Barber went to RAF Manby for an armament course then in July he was posted to 7 OTU Harwarden to convert to Spitfires. On 15th August he joined 46 Sqd at Digby. On 4th September, acting as tail end charlie (weaver), he was jumped by a Me109 over Rochford. His glycol system was damaged and he was soaked in fluid. He dived from 15000 feet and made a belly-landing at Chigborough Farm, Heybridge. He was admitted to St Margaret's Hospital, Epping, with three fractured vertrbrae in his neck and his jaw broken in three places. He was in hospital for six months. Medical category barred him from further operational flying and he went to HQ 10 Group as an assistant to the Controller. When W/Cdr. AG Malan formed CGS at Sutton Bridge, Barber was one of his first pupils. Commanded Armament Practice Camps at Warmwell, Martlesham Heath and Southend. AFC 1st January 1943. Early in 1944 Barber went to the Gun Research Unit at Exeter, flying with the new gyro gunsight. Gven command of a non-operational Spitfire squadron at Southend, to train pilots on the new sight, including some Americans. Later in the year the squadron moved to North Weald. En routeto Southend in an Oxford the aircraft swung on take-off and crashed. The pilot was killed and Barber went into hospital for several months. He returned to the APC at Warmwell but then joined a Disarmament Group that was about to move to Germany. After a motor accident on a mined bridge and another spell in hospital, Posted to Sylt to set up an APC for Squadron training. Released from the RAF in 1947 and emigrated to New Zealand.

126 BarclayRichard George ArthurPlt Off74661RAFVRBritish249 Sqd

601 Sqd (CO)

238 Sqd (CO)

DFC

MiD

Hurricane7MIA1942-07-17 Age 22Hurricane and Spitfire pilot George Barclay, from Cromer, earned the DFC for his contribution. His father, the Rev Gilbert Barclay, was once vicar at Cromer, where there are two memorials to George. Wounded over England and shot down over France, George escaped by parachute, survived crash landing in enemy territory and, with the help of many French people, made his way safely home.

He kept a diary. His first entry in September of that year begins: ‘Yesterday evening we were told we were to move to North Weald, Essex, today to relieve the war-weary and much shot up 56 Squadron. We grabbed beds in the hut and slept soundly, wondering what the morrow held in store.’ Just six days later, on September 7, Barclay’s plane suffered a direct hit as he duelled with a group of German Me109 aircraft. But remarkably, his stricken plane landed ‘wheels up’ in a field near his airfield. Of the 12 British planes in his patrol that day, one pilot died and four – including Barclay – were injured. He wrote afterwards: ‘The odds today have been unbelievable (and we are all really very shaken!). There are bombs and things falling around tonight and a terrific gun barrage. Has a blitz begun?’ After being shot down a second time on November 29 at 22,000ft he recalled: ‘I was shot down today – a most novel experience... ‘As I fell out and down on my back one of my boots fell off, apparently to me falling upwards as I left it behind.’ He was shot down for a third time on September 20, 1941, after being ‘jumped’ by five Me109s as he flew over France in a Spitfire. His parents, Reverend Gilbert Barclay and wife Dorothy – who lost another son, Charles, in the war – received a letter reporting that he was missing. It stated: ‘He was very popular in the Officers’ Mess and his cheerful personality will be greatly missed.’ Remarkably, however, Barclay had survived, and ended up in a French field. He turned his uniform inside out to hide the insignia that would reveal his identity, and pretended to be a farm worker as Nazis came looking for him. He was helped by many French civilians and managed to escape through Spain over a three-month period. His diary entry on September 26 describes how he was given shelter by a French woman called Madame Salingue. He wrote: ‘I was given a very friendly welcome. Immediately we arrived Madame cooked us two eggs and chips each. 'Apparently that is what the troops asked for before Dunkirk. Burbare had quite a large number of British troops billeted there and wherever I went I was shown photos of them. The French liked them very much.’ After returning home to Cromer, Norfolk, Barclay was put in charge of battle-weary 238 Squadron.

'It was hard when word came in that one of your mates was missing, another pilot may have given a graphic account of how he saw someone go down in flames and hadn't a chance to bale out. You sort of somehow found a big hole in your stomach momentarily. But you could not afford to think of such matters, you put your mind to other things, you got drunk or whatever. You train yourself to think of only one thing, and that is the job that lies ahead.'

But his luck ran out in the summer of 1942 when he was shot down and killed, aged 22, by German fighters over the desert of North Africa, near El Alamein. Mr Barclay and his wife also lost another son, Charles, in the war. Commemorated El Alamein Cemetery




127 BarkerFredrick JSgtBritish264 Sqd

DFM

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
13DiedHe and his Pilot Sgt E.R.Thorn 264 Sqd shot down 3 Bf 109s and a Bf 110 1940-05-28. May 29 they shot down 2 Ju 87s and a He 111 on the 31 May. They were both promoted to Flight Sergeant and awarded the DFM for their actions. On the 24th of August 1940 they shot down a Ju 88. Both injured on 1940-08-26 after shooting down 2 Do 17s and a Bf 109 that was attacking them. They crash landed the battle damaged Defiant I (L7005) near Chislet at 12:10hrs. He survived the war. Highest scoring Defiant crew
128 BarkerGeorge LeonardPlt Off44571RAFBritish600 Sqd

DFM

BlenheimKIA1944-07-18Pilot. Flying Blenheims awarded the DFM on 1940-09-13. Killed 1944-07-18, aged 30. Diss Cemetery Age 30
129 BarkerJohn KeelSgt566251RAFBritish152 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-09-04Spitfire R6909 possibly shot down by a DO17 off Bognor. Baled out but was killed 1940-09-04 at 13:40hrs. Spitfire I was shot down by a Dornier Do 17 off Bognor Regis. Body washed up on the French Coast. Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery France. Age 23

130 BarnardEric CharlesSgt90101British600 Sqd

BlenheimGunner on P/O H.B.O.Hough's Blenheim which ran out of fuel on a night patrol on 1940-09-08. The entire crew (EC Barnard A. Smith HBO Hough) baled out safely. 8 September 1940 with 600 Sqd became lost during night patrol. Plane's R/T had failed. were forced to bale out once their fuel ran out.
131 BarnesJohn Guy CardewFg Off60325British600 Sqd

BlenheimNight fighter pilot in Blenheims with 600 Sqd during the Battle of Britain. He attained the rank of Wing Commander.
132 BarnesLeslie DennisSgtBritish257 Sqd

615 Sqd

607 Sqd

Hurricane
133 BarnesWilkinsonPlt Off90294British504 Sqd

HurricaneDied in Sunderland on the 19th May 1980.

Courtesy Oleg Marin

134 BarnettRichard EdgarSqd Ldr26222British234 Sqd

MBE

Spitfire
135 BaronRupert VictorPlt Off78741RAFVRBritish219 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-10-12Crew Bristol Blenheim; Sgt G M Mead Bailed out unhurt. Killed when he baled out of his Blenheim after engine problems and his parachute failed to open on 1940-10-12. His crew member (Sgt G.M.Mean) survived. Sittingbourne Cemetery Age 40
136 BarracloughRichard George VictorSgt78741British266 Sqd
Spitfire
137 BarracloughStanley MichelSgt66487British92 Sqd
Spitfire
138 BarranPhilip Henry 'Pip'Flt Lt90323RAFBritish609 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-07-11 Age 1Pilot Spitfire L1069 damaged in combat with BF109s off Portland, Barran bailed out and was rescued from the sea but died before reaching land. Leeds Lawnswood Cemetery England


139 BarrettWilliam EricSgt751810RAFVRBritish25 Sqd

DFM


Blenheim - Later LancasterSurvivedPoW No:886 Camp: Stalag Kopernikus - 357 Read Archive Report

DFM awarded on the 29th December 1942 - Born 22nd July 1918 - retired from the airforce in 1945 as a W/O. Finally moving to Australia, died in 2003. A Battle of Britain veteran with 25 Squadron flying the Blenheim.

140 BarronNorman Percy GeraldSgt751810British236 Sqd

Blenheim
141 BarrowHector Jack RaymondPlt Off745659RAFVRBritish607 Sqd

43 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-11-28Colleville sur Mer Churchyard Age 21
142 BarryNathaniel John MerrimanFg Off72514RAFVRSouth African3 Sqd

501 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-10-07Son of Richard and Gladys Barry of Cape Province in South Africa. In 1938 he travelled to England to enrol at Pembroke College, Cambridge to study Mechanical Engineering. Outbreak of war in September 1939 called up as a member of the RAF Volunteer Reserve. Appointed Aide-De-Camp to Air Vice-Marshal Hugh Vivian Champion de Crespigny MC DFC. Barry asked for operational posting. 3 Sqd at Turnhouse Juky 1940. 26th September 1940 posted south to 501 Sqd Auxiliary Air Force Squadron at Kenley. 30th September in combat with Me109’s over Maidstone. Hurricane L1657 was hit in the engine and he force-landed at Pembury, east of Tunbridge Wells. Mid-morning 7th October, forced to take to his parachute when Hurricane V6800 was shot down above Wrotham by Me109’s. He was able to leave the aircraft and deploy his parachute, but was found dead at Wilmington to the south of Dartford. Less than 2 miles to the east, his Hurricane crashed in flames at Lane End in Darenth. Whether he was struck by a shell before baling out or subsequently is not known. Barry was 22 and is buried in Finghall churchyard, Yorkshire.On 26th May 2007 a memorial in honour of F/O Barry was unveiled by the Shoreham Aircraft Museum close to the crash site at Darenth, to the south of Dartford, Kent. Shoreham Account

Hurricane V6800 shot down in combat by a BF 109 over Wrotham, crashed at Darenth. Fingall St Andrew Churchyard Age 22




Memorial close to crash site
143 BarthroppPatrick Peter Colum 'Paddy'Fg Off41542British602 Sqd

610 Sqd

91 Sqd

122 Sqd

DFC

AFC

Spitfire4Survived warDied 16 April 2008One of the RAF's most flamboyant fighter pilots. Born in Dublin on 9 November 1920 on a family visit there. His mother died while giving birth. He was educated at St. Augustines Abbey School, Ramsgate, then St. Josephs College near Market Drayton followed by Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire. As a candidate for a short service commission he began his elementary flying at 13 E&RFTS White Waltham on 31st October 1938. After a short induction course at No. 1 RAF Depot Uxbridge he was posted to 7 FTS Peterborough on 31st January 1939 and completed his training in late July. After a month at No. 1 Armament Training Camp Catfoss, Barthropp went to No. 1 School of Army Co-operation Old Sarum on the day the war started. On 9th October 1939 he was posted to 613 (AC) Sqd at Odiham. Barthropp volunteered to serve in Fighter Command in August 1940. On the 21st he was sent to 7 OTU Hawarden to convert to Spitfires and on 8th September he joined 602 Sqd at Westhampnett. He flew four sorties on the 15th. On the 21st he damaged a Do17, on the 27th shared a He111 and on 2nd October shared a Ju88. Barthropp joined 610 Squadron on 7th January 1941 and on 5th February he went to 91 Squadron at Hawkinge. On 27th April Barthropp damaged a Do17, on 4th June he probably destroyed a Me109, on the 9th he shot down a Me109 and on 17th August he shot down one Me109 and damaged another. On 24th August 1941 Barthropp rejoined 610 Sqd as 'B' Flight Commander. He was awarded the DFC 26th September 1941 and posted to 61 OTU Heston on 23rd October as an instructor.

After ‘resting’ as a flying instructor in Shropshire from October 1941 whilst as ever enjoying fast cars and lively female company and always pushing against 'stuffed shirt' authority, he returned to operations with 122 Sqd at Hornchurch on 15 May 1942, and two days later, whilst escorting six Douglas Boston light bombers attacking a factory, his controls were wrecked by cannon fire from a Fw190 (Focke-Wulf Fw190) near St. Omer, forcing him to bale out, and he was captured upon landing, meeting the pilot who had shot him down that evening. Two days later on Ramrod 33, an escort for six Bostons bombing a factory at Ambleteuse, Barthropp shot down a Fw190. But shortly afterwards his controls were shot away by another Fw190 over Audruicq, near St. Omer. He baled out of Spitfire Vb AR400 and was captured on landing. He escaped twice before being sent to the persistent escapee's prison Oglag XXIB in Poland. Within days he instigated a tunnel breakout.

Paddy Barthropp Bio

Autobiography: ‘Paddy The Life And Times of Wing Commander Patrick Barthropp DFC AFC RAF Ret’d’ originally published in 1987






Portrait by Tony Holt
144 BartlettLeonard HaroldSgt102959RAFBritish17 Sqd
DSO

Legion of Merit (USA)
Hurricane4.5Survived war2017-02-11 in Australia Aged 100Born in Muswell Hill, Middlesex on 20 June 1916, joined the RAFVR in May 1939, as an Airman u/t Pilot. Completed his training and went to 7 OTU, Hawarden on 1 July 1940. After converting to Hurricanes, he joined 17 Sqd at Debden on 15 July. Shared in the destruction of a Ju 88, on 5 September he shared a He 111 and on the 19th he shared a Ju 88. On 28 October he damaged a Do 17, on 8 November he destroyed a Ju 87 and probably a second and on the 11th he shot down a Ju 87 and probably another. On 17 March 1941 Bartlett was shot down over Chiddingly, Sussex, north west of Hailsham, in Hurricane Z 2704. He was wounded and took to his parachute. Commissioned in July 1941, Bartlett was posted to 137 Sqd in February 1942. On 6 July he damaged a Ju 88. September 1942 he was given command of 253 Sqd at Hibaldstow. Went to North Africa in November. Destroyed a Ju 88 on 10 January 1943. Moved to Monte Corvino, Italy in October. Bartlett was posted away in January 1944 and he was awarded the DSO on 3 March 1943. Appointed military commander of the island of Vis, in the Adriatic, where an airfield had been constructed. He was given the US Legion of Merit for organising the rescue of USAAF crews who had ditched in the Adriatic Sea. In 2005 he was quoted as saying about the Battle of Britain: 'We were young and didn’t really think about what we were doing. I don’t think any of us really understood the importance of the battle at the time.'
145 BartleyAnthony CharlesPlt Off41816RAFBritish92 Sqd

74 Sqd

65 Sqd

111 Sqd (CO)

Spitfire12Survived warApril 2001Born on 28 March 1919 at Dacca in India. His father, Sir Charles Bartley, was an Irish barrister who served as a judge in the Calcutta High Court. He grew up in Swanbourne, living with his parents at The Cottage, opposite the Old House. He was educated at Stowe School (Buckingham) and in 1938 learned to fly at the West Malling Flying Club in 1938. He joined the RAF on a short service commission and did his elementary flying at 6 E&RFTS Sywell from 23rd January 1939. To No. 1 RAF Depot Uxbridge on 1st April 1939 and was posted to 13 FTS Drem on the 15th. Posted to 92 Sqd (East India) in November 1939 based in Sussex with the fighter version of the twin engine Bristol Blenheim. The squadron began to convert to Spitfires in March 1940. 23rd May shot down a Me109 and a Me110 shot down over Dunkirk, on the 24th two Me110's damaged and on 2nd June four He111's damaged. On 10th July, when 92 was at Pembrey, Bartley may have shared in the destruction of a Ju88. On 8th September the squadron moved to Biggin Hill. On the 14th Bartley damaged a Do17 and a Me109, on the 15th he shot down a Do17 and probably a second, on the 18th another Do17 and on the 27th he claimed a Ju88. DFC 25th October 1940, the citation crediting him with at least eight enemy aircraft destroyed. On 1st November 1940 Bartley shared a Me109, claimed two more on the 5th and 15th and shot down a He111 on 3rd February 1941. Posted to 74 Sqd in March 1941, as a Flight Commander. May 1941 to 56 OTU Sutton Bridge, moving soon afterwards to 53 OTU Heston. In June he served briefly at 61 OTU as an instructor. In July he was posted to Vickers-Supermarine as a production test pilot. During this time he performed the acrobatics for the film 'The First of The Few' (1942) which chronicled the life of the Spitfire's designer, RJ Mitchell, played by Leslie Howard. At Vicker-Supermarine, Bartley forged a fruitful relationship with Jeffrey Quill, who had been the second pilot to fly Mitchell's prototype and was now senior test pilot. Quill particularly welcomed Bartley's combat experience of the Spitfire's early 20mm cannon installations, which had proved problematic. On one occasion Quill refused to provide Bartley with a Spitfire to return to Worthy Down from a party at Heston airfield in London. Quill was horrified to discover that Bartley, large though he was, had instead crammed into the confined cockpit of a Spitfire with another bulky officer, putting both their lives and the aircraft at risk. Bartley returned to operations in February 1942, as a Flight Commander with 65 Squadron at Debden. On 27th April he damaged a Fw190 on a sweep over France. In early May he took command of the squadron after the CO was killed. In July 1942 he went to CGS Sutton Bridge for a course and in August he was given command of 111 Squadron at Kenley. The squadron was destined for overseas service and on 20th October sailed for Gibraltar. Bartley led the squadron off on 11th November and flew to Algiers, moving to Bone three days later. On the 16th he claimed a Mc202, on the 25th two Ju87's probably destroyed, on the 29th and 4th December two Me109's and on the 28th one Me109 shot down and another damaged. In mid-January 1943 Bartley was posted from the squadron and on the 29th he left Gibraltar, in a Liberator, for the UK. Following the loss of two engines, the aircraft made a crash-landing on a Welsh airfield. Bartley was awarded a Bar to the DFC (gazetted 16th February 1943) and was posted in May to HQ 83 Group Redhill, to help train squadrons in ground attack and army support. In early October he sailed for America, for a course at the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, moving in February 1944 to the School of Air Tactics at Orlando, Texas. After returning to Britain in the Queen Elizabeth in April, he was posted, as Liaison Officer, to the 70th Fighter Wing of the US Ninth Air Force. On 24th October 1944 he went to RAF Transport Command, to set up staging posts in Europe. Bartley volunteered for service in the Far East and sailed from Liverpool on the Mauretania on 3rd July 1945. He reached Sydney on 8th August and was posted a week later to the Palau Islands, to set up a Transport Command staging post. He requested repatriation, was granted leave, and returned home in a DC-4, which was returning to England for a major overhaul. On 28th November 1945 Bartley married film actress Deborah Kerr. After release from the RAF in 1946 he joined Vickers Armstrong as a test pilot and sales executive.

Stories are recorded (Reading 1994) of Anthony sometimes passing low or performing victory rolls over the village school (if he was flying over North Bucks) to the great delight and cheers of the schoolchildren of Swanbourne. When based at Biggin Hill, Squadron 92 gained something of a reputation for hard partying when on leave in London, a distance quite close to base, sometimes with fast cars fuelled up on high octane aviation fuel!

Smoke Trails In The Sky Autobiography

swanbournehistory.co.uk Bio

92 Sqd Bio



146 BartonAnthony Richard HenryPlt Off30104RAFVRBritish32 Sqd

253 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane10KIFA1943-04-04Experienced pilot with RAF and FAA before war, joined 32 Sqd on 1940-08-05. On August 11 he shot down a Bf 109. Shot down himself August 12, he crashed his Hurricane I ( N2596) near Hawkinge, unscathed. August 14, he force-landed at Hawkinge after another combat with Bf 109s. Posted to 253 Sqd on September 10, September 15 battle with a Do 215, again force-landing at Hawkinge. On September 20 he was shot down again in a Hurricane I (R2686) by a Bf 109 over Kent at 11:30hrs, but this time he was severely wounded and did not return to operations until February 1941. Awarded the DFC on 1942-04-10, credited with five kills during the Battle of Britain. Awarded the Bar to the DFC 1942-07-07 for destroying 5 in Malta. Killed in a flying accident while an instructor on 1943-04-04. Totteridge New Churchyard Age 29.
147 BartonRobert Alexander 'Butch'Flt LtCanadian249 Sqd

OBE

DFC

Hurricane14Survived war2 September 2010Wounded on 1940-09-15 at 15:30hrs. He was shot down in his Hurricane I (V6625) over Shell Haven, Essex by a Bf 109.Retired Feb 1959 as Wing Commander 2010 Born Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, 7 June 1916

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“Butch” Barton joined the Royal Air Force at age 19, travelling to England to take a short service commission. He started his career before the war on biplane fighters with 41 Squadron. With the outbreak of the war, Barton joined 249 Squadron flying Hurricanes at RAF Boscombe Down. He became a flight commander with 249 during the Battle of Britain, once bailing from his Hurricane after it was hit from return fire from a Dornier Do 17 bomber. By the end of the Battle of Britain, he was awarded a DFC for his “outstanding leadership”. With 249 Squadron, he also took part on the air war over Malta, adding to the total of his victories. Under Barton’s leadership, 249 Squadron became one of the most respected and lethal units on Malta and in the RAF. By war’s end he was a Wing Commander with 14 victories to his credit. The Battle of Britain London Monument web page says this about Barton: “During his career he had always tried to maintain the highest standards of chivalry, once severely reprimanding an inexperienced colleague who had finished off a damaged German aircraft, killing the pilot as he was attempting to crash-land over England... “Butch” Barton died on 2nd September 2010. His ashes were scattered on his favourite lake in British Columbia on the morning of 15th September, Battle of Britain Day.”



148 BartosJindrichPlt Off83220RAFVRCzech312 Sqd Czech

HurricaneKIFA1941-02-13Liverpool West Derby Cemetery Age 29

149 BarwellEric GordonPlt Off77454RAFVRBritish264 Sqd

125 Sqd

249 Sqd

DFC & Bar

MiDr

Air Efficiencyr

Hurricane6Survived war12th December 2007Born 6th August 1913 in Clare, Suffolk England. Educated at Wellingborough School. July 1938 he joined the RAFVR to train as a pilot at Cambridge. Elementary flying at 22 E&RFTS Cambridge. Joined 264 Sqd on Defiants in February 1940 at Manston in Kent during the Dunkirk evacuation. During two patrols on May 29 1940 the squadron was credited with shooting down 37 enemy aircraft. Barwell and his gunner accounted for a Messerschmitt Bf 109 and, on a second patrol, they shot down two Stuka dive-bombers. Two days later they destroyed another Bf 109 off Dunkirk. They also attacked Heinkel bombers that were attempting to bomb the convoy of little ships sailing across the Channel with evacuees. One of the enemy was shot down, but return fire hit his Defiant's engine, causing a leak in the cooling system. When it became obvious that he would be unable to reach the English coast he kept the line of ships in sight - it stretched from the French coast to Kent - and, when his engine seized, he ditched his aircraft between two destroyers. His gunner was knocked unconscious, and Barwell struggled to free him and hold his head above water before they were rescued by HMS Malcolm. His first night-time success was on April 10 1941 when he and his gunner destroyed a Heinkel bomber near Beachy Head and probably destroyed a second. Transferred to Defiant 125 Sqd, as a Flight Commander. Early 1942 the squadron received the Beaufighter. His first combat in the aircraft was on the night of July 1 1942, when he attacked a Dornier bomber; but when his cannon jammed he had to use the less effective machine guns and could claim only a damaged. On the same day he learned that his elder brother Philip, who was the group captain commanding the fighter base at RAF Biggin Hill, had been shot down and killed over the Channel by friendly fighters. After a six-month rest he returned in March 1943 to 125 Sqd, soon on the Mosquito. On the night of April 23 he destroyed a Junkers 88 over Warminster. He flew many night patrols in support of the Allied landings in Normandy, and on June 24 he intercepted another Junkers, which was trying to attack shipping off the mouth of the Seine. He stalked the enemy aircraft for 30 minutes before finally shooting it down. Barwell's final success in the air came on August 10 when he shot down a V-1 flying bomb as it approached the coast of Kent. The following month he was posted to command the experimental squadron in the Fighter Interception Unit, flying the Tempest and Mustang, two of the fastest piston-engined fighters. On promotion to wing commander he took control of night fighter operations at the HQ of the Second Tactical Air Force. He returned to operations in April 1945 and was released from the RAF in September 1945.

DFC Citation: 'This officer has completed a very large number of sorties and his example of keenness, determination and devotion to duty has been worthy of the highest praise. He is a most able flight commander whose untiring efforts have been reflected in the operational efficiency of the formation he commands. Squadron Leader Barwell has destroyed 6 enemy aircraft, 2 of them at night.'


150 BarwellPhilip ReginaldWg Cdr (later Grp Cpt)22062RAFBritish242 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneKIFA1942-07-01Killed by inexperienced pilot. Calais Canadian War Cemetery Leubringen Age 35
151 BaryRonald EdwardPlt Off (later Wng Cdr)NZ/41818RAFNew Zealander229 Sqd

DSOHurricaneSurvivedKIFA1945-04-12Faenza War Cemetery Age 29 Born 09th June 1915 - New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand. Enlisted 01st January 1939 age 23, prior to service a law clerk. Son of Edward and Gladwys Muriel Bary, of Palmerston North. Husband of Doreen Mary Bary, of Christchurch, Canterbury. Royal Air Force, 229 Squadron - 274 Squadron, RAF - 250 Squadron, RAF - Royal Air Force, 80 Squadron - Royal Air Force, 92 Squadron -239 Wing, RAF DSO Citation: "Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has taken part in numerous operational sorties. Under his brilliant leadership the squadrons of his Wing materially contributed to the success of the Sicilian campaign. An outstanding Wing Leader, this officer gained the absolute confidence of all the pilots under his command. (Info courtesy AM New Zealand)
152 BashfordHarrySgt141156British248 Sqd

Blenheim
153 BassettFrancis BernardFg Off41982RAFBritish222 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1942-11-14Malta Memorial Age 22

154 BatchelorGordon HerbertPlt Off86343RAFVRBritish54 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1942-04-15Hamburg War Cemetery Age 23
155 BatleySHFlt LtBritish266 Sqd
SpitfireInjured while on patrol on 1940-08-16. He baled out of his Spitfire I (P9312) over Canterbury after combat with a Bf 109, at 12:45hrs.
156 BattLeslie GordonSgt145514 (later 741474)RAFVRBritish238 Sqd

Air Efficiency Award

Hurricane3Survived warLeamington Spa 2004-02-04Born 27 November 1916. Educated at Bablake School and Coventry Technical College. Joined the RAFVR in April 1938, as an Airman u/t ( under training ) Pilot. Training at No 9 E&RFTS ( Elementary & Reserve Flying Training School ), Ansty. Near Coventry. Called up on September 1, 1939 posted to 6 FTS ( Flying Training School) at Little Rissington on October 9 1939, on No 15 Course. To 10 B & GS ( 10 Bombing and Gunnery School ), Warmwell on May 1940, with the Advanced Training Squadron of 6 FTS, for armament training. July 13th 1940 Batt shared in the destruction of a Bf 110, and on 21st July he shared in the destruction of a Dornier Do17 Bomber, on August 8th he destroyed a Messerschmidt Bf109 fighter and on 13th August he destroyed a Heinkel He111 bomber. 13th August he made a forced landing at Eartham near Tangmere , in Hawker Hurricane P2989 with a damaged oil tank, after an attack by Messerschmidt Bf109 fighters off the Isle of Wight. To Egypt with 238 Squadron in May 1941 and remained with the squadron until December. In February he joined the Aircraft Delivery Unit in Egypt. Returned to the UK in November. He went to 55 OTU ( Operational Training Unit ), Annan, as an instructor in early December 1942 and was commissioned from Warrant Officer in March 1943. August 11 1943, posted to 198 Sqd, flying Hawker Typhoons from Martlesham Heath. He went on a course to 7 FTS ( Flying Training School ) on November 24 1943, after which he was posted to 15 (P) AFU ( Advanced Flying Unit ) Babdown, as an instructor, remaining there until his release from the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

Notorious for the ‘Bat’ insignia on his aircraft, Batt was called up at the outbreak of war and in May 1940 arrived with 238 Sqd at Tangmere. He was to stay with 238 Sqd throughout the Battle of Britain and served with the squadron in Egypt from May to December 1941. During the Battle of Britain he shared in the destruction of a Do 17 and also claimed a Bf 109 two and a half weeks later. This photograph depicts Batt sitting in his Hurricane Mk 1 P2989 during the Summer of 1940.

157 BaxterSidneySgt566388RAFBritish222 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-09-14Force landed at Eastchurch 1940-08-30. Spitfire I (P9325) damaged during combat over Canterbury at 10:00hrs. Killed 1940-09-14. He crash landed his Spitfire I (X4275) after combat with a Bf 109 over Rochford at 16:15hrs. Newcastle on Tyne West Cemetery Age 24

158 BaylesIan NormanFg OffBritish152 Sqd

DFC
Spitfire
159 BayleyEdward AlanSgt741004RAFVRBritish32 Sqd

249 Sqd

Hurricane2.5KIA1940-10-10Caterham School and Eastbourne Grammar School for Boys. From 1937 Bayley was a member of the RAFVR, and was one of its pilots selected for six months of training with the RAF, in his case with 32 Sqd. On 6 September 1939 joined the squadron full time. He got a Bf 109 on 8 June 1940, shared a Do 17 on 3 July, probably destroyed a Bf 110 on the 20th, damaged a Do 17 on 12 August, damaged a Bf 110 on the 16th and claimed a Do 17 destroyed and a Bf 110 damaged on the 18th. Posted to 249 Sqd at North Weald on 17 September. Killed on 10 October when his Hurricane crashed at Shades House, Cooling Marsh, on the Hoo Peninsula in Kent during a routine patrol. The cause of the crash was not established. It may have been the result of Bayley losing consciousness because of oxygen failure, but it is more likely that he was shot down.

Shot down Do 17 1940-07-03 with 32 Sqd, 18th of August shot down a Do 215. Posted to 249 Sqd in September. Killed 1940-10-10, at 15:45hrs, when his Hurricane I (V7537) crashed due to oxygen failure while on a routine patrol. Cashed at Cooling Marsh during a routine patrol. Bromley St Lukes Cemetery Age 29


160 BaylissDerekPlt Off42183British604 Sqd

Blenheim
161 BaylissErnest JohnSgt581431RAFBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-11-03Runnymede Age 21
162 BaylyJamesSgt39899RAFNew Zealander111 Sqd

HurricaneSurvivedPassed away 2002Born 18 March 1917, 18 March 1917 Waitara, Taranaki. Died 2002 Mrs. N.I. Bayley (mother), 22 Kitchener Road, Milford, Auckland, New Zealand 62 (Bomber) Squadron - 31 Squadron - 40 Squadron Educated at New Plymouth Boys' High School.1934 - Became an apprentice electrician 7 September 1938, he joined Civil Reserve of Pilots and gained 'A' Licence at the Western Federated Aero Club. 19 October 1943 - Pilot Officer.19 April 1944 - Flying Officer. March 1942 Posted to Delhi (India) from Cornwall. Returned to operation, after first posting as a staff pilot at a paratroop training school, flying Vickers Valentias at 70m.p.h., on 4 January 1943 with 62 Squadron at Cuttack.Incident on 16 March 1942 when detailed to attack Japanese position at Magwe, his Hudson was badly damaged so Bayly decided to turn off the engine and head for Chittagong, but damage to the fuel line made this impossible, so he and crew decided to head inland and bale out. After they landed it took the four men two days to find each other. Friendly Bengalis helped them evade Japanese patrols and they eventually reached Chittagong. On return to Cuttack the Court of Enquiry found Bayly made an error in switching off engine too soon. Finding resulted in Bayly having a heated verbal exchange with CO and it was recommended that he be reduced in rank, and disciplined. AOC later told Bayly he considered that right action had been taken in the Hudson but that Bayly's insubordination could not be overlooked and he forfeited a years seniority. Following this incident he was posted to 31 Squadron (transport), carrying out supply drops to the Army, often in hazardous conditions until 9 April 1944. Returned to New Zealand September 1944, and became staff Pilot at School of navigation, New Plymouth. (Info courtesy AM New Zealand)
163 BayneAlfred William AlexanderFlt Lt39014British17 Sqd
HurricaneShot down 1940-08-25 in combat with a Bf 110 and Bf 109s . Baled out of his Hurricane I (V7407) safely off Portland at 17:50hrs. Also flew Spitfires with 54 Sqd later in the Battle.
164 BayneDavid WalterSqd Ldr26077British257 Sqd

165 BaynhamGeoffery TheodorePlt Off41518British234 Sqd

152 Sqd

Spitfire
166 BazinJames MichaelFlt Lt90281Canadian-Pakistani607 Sqd

DSO

DFC
Hurricane11Died607 Sqd in Hurricane I in France and Battle of Britain. Destroyed 2 He 111 in France and 9 in the Battle of Britain. Awarded the DFC After the Battle of Britain he transferred to bombers, became a Wing Commander and received the DSO
167 BazleySidney Howarth 'Kidney Bean'Flt Lt90359RAF AAFBritish611 Sqd

266 Sqd

Spitfire1KIFA1941-03-02 Age 27Transferred from 611 Sqd on 29 February 1940 to 266 Sqd at RAF Sutton Bridge, assuming command of B Flight. Operating from RAF Martlesham Heath, the 26-year-old pilot claimed an Me 110 destroyed, another probable and third damaged on 12 August. Bailing out near Canterbury 4 days later, after Spitfire Mk I UO-Q had been set alight in combat during the afternoon, he sustained burns and minor injuries

Former AAF pilot. Shot down a Bf 110 on the 12th of August 1940. On the 16th of August he was shot down by a Bf 109 and baled out of his Spitfire 1 (P9312) after combat over Canterbury, at 12:45hrs. He suffered burns and minor injuries. Killed in a flying accident 1941-03-02. Leicester Gilroes Crematorium


168 BeakePercival Harold 'Percy'Plt OffCanadian64 Sqd

SpitfireSurviving aircrew
169 BeamishFrancis VictorWg Cdr16089RAFIrish151 Sqd

249 Sqd

56 Sqd

DSO

DFC
HurricaneMIA1942-03-28 Age 39Born 1903-09-27 at Dunmanway Ireland. Cranwell in the Autumn of 1921 as a flight cadet where he learned to fly. Born leader of men, a superb pilot and instructor.

born in County Cork in 1903, well before the births of most of the pilots of the Battle of Britain. As such, he felt the full impact of the First World War on families in Great Britain. He was one of three brothers who went on to outstanding careers in the RAF. His brother George, a gifted professional rugby player would attain the rank of Air Marshal and his brother Charles, also a rugby player, would become a Group Captain. Beamish attended the RAF College at Cranwell in 1921 and upon graduation, he joined No. 4 Army Cooperation Squadron at RAF Farnborough, flying the Bristol Fighter. After a period as an instructor at Cranwell, he was exchanged for an RCAF officer and spent two years in Canada before returning to lead a flight in 25 Squadron. He came down with tuberculosis in 1933 and was retired from active service with the air force. RAF to the bone, Beamish was decidedly unhappy about his forced retirement and took up a series of civilian positions with the RAF Volunteer Reserve. He recovered his health fully by the beginning of 1937 and was reinstated as a flying Flight Lieutenant. He began his “comeback” in command of the new Meteorological Flight at RAF Aldergrove (for which he was awarded the Air Force Cross) and finally he rejoined a combat-ready squadron when he took command of 64 Sqd at RAF Church Fenton at the end of 1937. At the outset of the Second World War, at the ripe old age of 36, he took command of 305 Sqd. Though he was a very good squadron commander and aggressive pilot, he also had recognized staff and administration skills, and he then returned to Canada for staff duties which included an assessment of the Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk fighter. He returned by the end of May, 1940 to take command of the wing at RAF North Weald. He flew operational sorties with his squadrons whenever possible and began to rack up victories against the Germans in the Battle of Britain. In July he was awarded the DFC and in November the DSO. As mentioned on the previous caption, he was involved in an air-to-air collision with “Ginger” Neil, necessitating a forced landing. He was damaged three times in combat and safely landed his Hurricane each time. He was then assigned command of the wing at RAF Kenley and, in February of 1942 while on patrol, spotted the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen along with defensive ships making their famous, and ultimately successful, Channel Dash to safety in Wilhelmshaven. Two months later, he was killed in action while engaging the enemy near Calais. Runnymede Age 39

Rare colour drawing by Cuthbert Orde

170 BeamishRonaldSgt41819RAFVRBritish601 Sqd

HurricaneSurvived warJoined the RAFVR in July 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. 1 EFTS Hatfield for his elementary flying training. 13 May 1940 to 10 FTS Ternhill, on No. 20 Course. 6 OTU on 17 August, converting to Hurricanes. Joined 601 Sqd at Exeter on 11 September. Possibly moved to 213 Sqd at Tangmere in early November 1940. Commissioned from Warrant Officer June 1942. No fiurther details till his release in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

171 BeamontRoland Prosper 'Bee'Fg Off89588British87 Sqd

CBE

DSO & Bar

DFC & Bar
Hurricane9 + 32 x V-1Survived war2001 Age 81Born in London, England in 1920. In 1939, at the age of 18, he entered RAF. Joined 87 Sqd on Hurricanes as part of the British Expeditionary Force in France. While air fighting in France, he scored three victories against enemy aircraft before his unit was withdrawn. During the Battle of Britain he had three more confirmed victories. He was later involved in the testing of all-matte black Hurricanes on night intruder and operations. In June 1941, he was both decorated and court-martialled—a DFC for his combat and test flying and a severe reprimand for transporting a young woman in his Hurricane to a dance at another station. At the end of 1941, he became a production and experimental test pilot attached to Hawker Aircraft Limited, test flying the Typhoon. Then in July of 1942 he was with 609 Sqd, flying Typhoons. From October to May of 1943, he was the commanding officer of 609 Sqd, helping with early teething problems with the challenging ground attack aircraft. During this period he was awarded a Bar to his DFC and a DSO. The citation accompanying his second DFC reads: 'This officer is an exceptionally skilful and courageous leader. Recently, during a period of 5 weeks his squadron has damaged 22 locomotives and rolling stock and destroyed at least 4 Focke Wulfe 190’s; 12 of the locomotives were damaged by Squadron Leader Beamont. By his fine fighting qualities and great ability, this officer has contributed in a large measure to the success of the squadron he commands.' Following his time with 609, he returned to Hawker, flying the new Tempest fighter-bomber. After this, he returned to operational flying, this time commanding 150 Sqd, the new all-Tempest wing of the 2nd Tactical Air Force. He continued to increase his score, and when the unit was reassigned to shoot down V-1 flying bombs, he himself accounted for 32 (according to Wikipedia). In October of 1944, he was shot down by flak during an attack on a troop train. He was a PoW for the rest of the war. His career after the war was largely as a test pilot

Wikipedia Bio

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172 BeardJohn Morris BentleySgtBritish249 Sqd

HurricaneBaled out Hurricane I (N2440) safely on 1940-09-07 during combat with Do 17s over North East London at 18:00hrs. On 1940-10-25 he was wounded when he baled out of his stricken Hurricane I (P3615) after combat with a Bf 109 over Linton, Kent at 12:00hrs.
173 BeardmoreEric Walter BPlt OffC/820RCAFCanadian1 Sqd (RCAF)

HurricaneBorn in Berlin. Shot down over the Thames Estuary on 1940-09-18 at 10:30hrs, baled out Hurricane I (P3859) slightly wounded. Hurricane crashed at Dungeness. Repatriated to Canada in 1941.
Paradie Archive
174 BeardsleyRobert Arthur 'Bob'Sgt100607British610 Sqd

41 Sqd

DFC
SpitfireDied2003-10Flew with 610 Sqd and 41 Sqd in Spitfires during the Battle of Britain. In action 1940-09-30, After attacking a Do 17 and a Bf 109 he became target for 6 Bf 109s who shot up his Spitfire with cannon and machine gun fire. Landed at Hawkinge and jumped clear whilst the aircraft was still rolling to a halt well alight with the airfield tender giving chase. Commissioned June 1941, retired 1941, retired Aug 1970
175 BeattyMarcus AlfredSgt69455British266 Sqd
Spitfire
176 BeaumontWalterP/O76308RAFVRBritish152 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-09-23Runnymede Memorial. Panel 7.

Born on the 21st March 1914. Son of Fred and Delia Beaumont (née McNulty) and husband of Doris J.N. Beaumont, of Coulsdon, Surrey. B.Sc. (Lond).

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177 BeaumontS GFlt Lt90319British609 Sqd

Spitfire
178 BeaumontRFOBritish87 Sqd

Spitfire
179 BeaumontStephen GFlt Lt90319British609 Sqd

Spitfire
180 BeaumontWalterPlt Off76308RAFVRBritish152 Sqd

DFC
SpitfireMIA1940-09-23Baled out of Sptitfire I (R6831) after being hit by a Junkers Ju 88 off Portland 1940-08-27 at 12:30hrs. Not hurt. Spitfire R7016 failed to return from operational sortie over the Channel 1940-09-23 cause unknown. Runnymede Age 26
181 BeazleyHugh John Sherard 'Beazle'Plt Off73023RAFVRBritish249 Sqd

HurricaneSurvived war8th July Beazley shared in shooting down Ju88 5J + AT of 9/KG4 which came down at Hornsea, Yorkshire. The squadron moved south in early August and Beazley claimed a Me109 destroyed on 8th August. He was shot down in flames in combat over Rochester on 2nd September by a Me110 of 5/ZG26. He baled out over Gillingham and landed in Boxleywood. His Hurricane, P2988, crashed near Rainham on Eccles Recreation Ground. Unhurt baling out Hurricane I (P2988) on 1940-09-02 at 08:00hrs. He had been shot down by a Bf 110 over Rochester.


182 BedaAntoniSgtP-1900
793548
PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
Krzyz Walecznych (x2)

Medal Lotniczy (x4)

Croix de Guerre (France)
HurricaneDiedBeda was in the Polish Air Force before the war. After the fall of Poland he escaped to France and joined the French Air Force. In May 1940 he was serving with Groupe de Chasse I/2. On the 10th he shared in probably destroying a He 111, on the 11th he shared in the probable destruction of two Ju 88s and on 5 June he shared a Hs 126. Made his way to England. RAFVR and eventually joined 302 Squadron Polish (Hurricanes) at Leconfield on 20 August 1940. OTU converting to Hurricanes. Posted from 302 to 87 Sqd on 27 September 1941. 307 Sqd from 22 April 1942 and was commissioned in June. Beda was awarded the French Croix de Guerre. He later went on to transport duties with 301 Sqd. On 24 January 1946 posted to 304 Sqd. Left the PAF in December 1946 and went to the USA. He later moved to Canada, but was killed in a car crash in 1960.

Assigned to 302 Sqd- 01.07 / 31.10.1940 he actively participated in the Battle of Britain. In 1941 he was sent to 87 Sqd RAF and in April 1942 to 307 Sqd. Then flew in RAF 216 Sqd. In 1945 assigned to 301 Sqd and in January 1946 to 304 Sqd Coastal Command.
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183 BeeErnest HoraceSgt751768British29 Sqd

Blenheim
184 BeecheyAlfred FrancisSgt113913British141 Sqd

DFC
Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
185 BeedhamJoseph Jeffery IanPlt Off84943RAFVRBritish245 Sqd

KIFA1940-10-07Pilot Hurricane N2707 destroyed on landing due to engine failure. Gleneavy Roman Catholic Churchyard
186 BeerCyril Sydney FrankSgt751495RAFVRBritish22 Sqd

235 Sqd

Beaufort N1146KIA Failed to return from raid on Boulogne1940-09-10 Age 19Born Southend-on-Sea England December 1920. Joined the Aircraft Crew Section of the RAFVR in June 1939 as an Airman u/t WOp/AG. Called up 1st September 1939. Joined 22 Sqd. Attached to 235 Squadron at Bircham Newton on 23 August 1940. Returned to 22 Sqd at some stage as he was lost in their Beaufort N1146 which failed to return from a raid against Boulogne. The crew were all killed, the body of Sgt. R D Gunn was washed up on the Norfolk coast and that of Beer at the Friesan islands. He is buried in Den Burg General Cemetery, Texel. Other crew Sgt. J Murray and Sgt. S G Twitchin are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. Texel Den Burg Cemetery Holland
187 BeggsH WSub Lt (FAA)RAF/FAABritish151 Sqd

Hurricane1WIAKIA1942-11-15FAA pilot seconded to Fighter Command in June 1940 in 151 Sqd on the 1st of July 1940. Destroyed a Bf 109 1940-08-14. Shot down 1940-08-15 at 19:15hrs by a Bf 109 and crashed his Hurricane I (P3065 'P') at Shorncliffe, he was wounded. MIA on 1942-11-15 when the carrier on which he was serving was sunk. Lee on Solent Memorial Age 25
188 BelchemLawrence GeorgeSqd Ldr26172RAFBritish264 Sqd

Defiant

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KIA1942-07-14Runnymede
189 BeleyRobert Wilfred GarthPlt Off43022RAFCanadian151 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-08-12Hurricane P3304 shot down in combat with BF 109s off Ramsgate, crashed into the sea and Beley was rescued but died of wounds. 1940-08-12
190 BellCharles AlgernonFg Off76595British29 Sqd

Blenheim
191 BellCharles HenrySgt754849RAFVRBritish234 Sqd

SpitfireMIA1941-03-02Runnymede
192 BellDerekSgt621608RAFBritish23 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-12-27Runnymede Age 23
193 BellJohn SwiftFg Off90051RAF AAFBritish616 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-08-30Unhurt ditching Spitfire into the sea 1940-07-01 during Operation Dynamo. Rescued by Royal Navy despite being strafed in the water. On 1940-08-26 force landed Spitfire I (R6632) but was unhurt after combat with a Bf 109 over Dungeness at 12:00hrs. 1940-08-30 killed while attempting to land his Spitfire I (X4248) after combat with another Bf 109. Crashed whilst approaching West Malling. Spitfire X4248 shot down in a head on attack on BF 109s over RAF West Malling, crashed and burned. Lincoln East Gate Cemetery England Age 23

194 BellRSgt565216British219 Sqd

Blenheim
195 Bell-SalterDavid BasilFg Off41895British253 Sqd

HurricaneWounded on 1940-09-02 in Hurricane I (V6640) damaged in combat. He baled out and was injured on landing.
196 Bell-WalkerHoward JohnSgt103515RAFVRBritish64 Sqd

72 Sqd

602 Sqd

MBE

SpitfirePoW. Survived War2nd November 1999 Ottowa, Ontario CanadaBorn 7th August 1920 Birmingham. Educated at Rynaby School, Banbury and Bloxham School. RAFVR in April 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot at 8 E&RFTS Woodley. November 1939 to 7 EFTS Desford. 11th April 1940 posted to 10 FTS Ternhill on No. 19 Course. Qualified 24th July 1940. 5 OTU Aston Down on 3rd August on Spitfires, joined 64 Sqd at Leconfield on the 19th. To 72 Sqd at Croydon on 11th September. 14 September baled out after combat over Ashford. Spitfire K9960 burned out at Orlestone. Shot down 18 September in a surprise attack by Me109s on a squadron patrol over Gravesend. Seriously wounded and in hospital for some time. 25th November 1940 rejoined 64 Squadron at Kenley. Early 1941 posted to 602 Sqd at Prestwick . Commissioned August 1941. 12th August 1941 in Circus 70 a Hampden escort to Gosnay power station, flying as number two to the CO, S/Ldr. Al Deere. Surprised by Me109s and Bell-Walker was shot down in Spitfire Vb AB844 before he could break away. He baled out, wounded, and was captured. Held in Stalag Luft 3. Transferred into the Engineering Branch after the war. MBE 30th April 1954. Retired on 1st December 1967 as a Sqd Ldr.

On patrol on 1940-09-14 he baled out of Spitfire I (K9960) safely after combat over Ashford in Kent at 18:30hrs. On 1940-09-18 Spitfire I (R6704) badly damaged and he was badly wounded when he was attacked by Bf 109s over Gravesend, Kent at 10:30hrs. On 1941-08-12 he was shot down in Spitfire V by a Bf 109, wounded and captured while flying with 602 Sqd as No 2 to Sqd Ldr Al Deere.
197 BełcMarianSgtP-1902PAFPolish303 Sqd Polish

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Hurricane7KIFA1942-08-07After the fall of France, he was evacuated to Great Britain, where after a short training on British equipment in August 1940, he was assigned to 303 Sqd and took active part in the Battle of Great Britain. In 1942 killed at 58 OTU Grangemouth in Master W8664 on training flight, while landing at Balodown Glo’s, the plane crashed. Northwood Cemetery Age 28
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198 BennGordon William 'Sailor'Sgt513418British219 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived war2nd February 2005Born July 1912 in East Preston, Sussex England. Joined RAF 16 October 1930 as an Aircrafthand aged 18. Posted to a Vickers Vimy bomber squadron at Hawkinge. July 1931 he went to 423 Flight aboard HMS Furious, on Fairey Flycatchers. Transferred in 1932 to HMS Courageous of the Mediterranean Fleet based in Malta. Returned to the RAF in 1933 with the nickname 'Sailor'. 1935 to Ambala in India and joined 28 Sqd under S/Ldr. CJS Dearlove on Westland Wapitis. Changed to a trainee Air Gunner in the RAF’s efforts to suppress tribal unrest on the North West Frontier. In 1937 he moved with the Squadron to Manzi where unrest had been fomented by the Fakir of Ipi. Benn earned an India General Service Medal for this campaign. Returned to the UK in January 1938 and joined 217 Sqd as a Corporal Air Gunner, flying in Ansons. It operated from Tangmere, Warmwell and Carew Cheriton where detachments were engaged in observing submarine activity. Prior to the outbreak of war the squadron was heavily involved in evacuating VIP's from the Channel Islands. At the outbreak of war he was posted to 219 Sqd on Blenheims. On 15 August1940 a major raid was detected approaching the Yorkshire coast from bases in Norway and 219 was scrambled to intercept 42 Ju88’s off Flamborough Head. At about 1300 six Blenheims took off, Benn crewed with Sgt. FG Nightingale in L1240. They engaged one enemy aircraft and set it on fire but had to break away after being attacked by Spitfires. During the ensuing violent manoeuvres Benn was knocked out when thrown around the gun turret. He flew with the squadron throughout the Battle of Britain. Came off operations in 1942 and went to 53 MU Charlwood, a depot supplying bombs to squadrons on a 24-hour basis. In August 1945 Benn went to Singapore with 5353 Airfield Construction Wing, to build metal runways at Changi. After this he joined 314 MU at Seletar, where fourteen RAF men, with the aid of two hundred Japanese PoWs, were dealing with Japanese bombs. Home in 1948, posted to a Radar/Signals Unit at Chicksands, to RAF Luqa in Malta in 1949, returned to the UK in 1952 and was discharged 16 October 1954 as a Warrant Officer.



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199 BennettClarence CharlesPlt Off42097RAFAustralian248 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-10-01Australian flying with 248 Sqd in Blenheims during the Battle of Britain. He and his crew (G.S.Clarke & G.B.Brash) were killed in action on the 1940-10-01. Failed to return from a Recce/Sortie off the Norwegian coast flying in Blenheim IVf (R3626). Runnymede Age 23
200 BennettHector ErnestSgt758075RAFVRBritish43 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-02-04Bristol Arnos Vale Crematorium Age 22

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