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Squadron Leader IAN WILLOUGHBY BAZALGETTE

Service Number: 118131
Regiment & Unit/Ship

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

635 Sqdn.

Date of Death

Died 04 August 1944

Age 25 years old

Buried or commemorated at

SENANTES CHURCHYARD

France

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Country of Service United Kingdom
  • Awards Victoria Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Additional Info Son of Charles Ian and Marion Edith Willoughby Bazalgette, of New Malden, Surrey.
  • Personal Inscription GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS
  • Additional Citation note

    The following particulars are given in "The London Gazette," of 14th August 1945: On 4th August 1944 Squadron Leader Bazalgette was "Master bomber" of a Pathfinder Squadron detailed to mark an important target for the main bomber force. When nearing the target his Lancaster was seriously damaged and set on fire by anti-aircraft fire; the bomb aimer was badly wounded. As the deputy "Master bomber" had already been shot down, the success of the attack depended on Squadron Leader Bazalgette who despite appalling conditions in his burning aircraft pressed on gallantly, bombed, and marked the target accurately. That the attack was successful was due to his magnificent effort. The condition of the aircraft had by now become so bad that Squadron Leader Bazalgette ordered his crew to leave the aircraft by parachute. He attempted the almost hopeless task of landing the crippled and blazing aircraft to save the wounded bomb aimer, and one air-gunner, who had been overcome by fumes. With superb skill and taking great care to avoid a French village, be brought the aircraft safely down. Unfortunately it then exploded and this gallant officer and his two comrades perished. His heroic sacrifice marked the climax of a long career of operations against the enemy. He always chose the more dangerous and exacting roles. His courage and devotion to duty were beyond praise.

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