Pilot Officer Frederick Sidney BAZALGETTE 70790 RAF

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A wonderful portrait of Frederick Bazalgette.

Born in Cornwall on May 17th 1917 Frederick was the son of Reverend Sidney Bazalgette. He arrived on the squadron late March 1940, his stay was relatively short.

Pilot of Battle P2183  he was one of a unknown number of crews from the squadron that took off during the late afternoon on May 12th to attack advancing German troop columns near Bouillon. Pilot Officer Frederick Bazalgette successfully bombed the target but not without his Battle receiving extensive damage from murderous ground fire. A successful crash landing was made close to the village of Donchery, which was at the time still unoccupied by the Germans. Bazalgette was severely injured arm, it is not known if his injury was caused by the subsequent crash landing or by the  ground fire. His two crew, Sergeant Harris, Observer and Leading aircraftsman Jones made every effort to save their brave pilot, between them they carried their grievously wounded pilot towards the front line, sadly 22-year-old Frederick Bazalgette RAF succumbed to his wounds on the night of May 12th. Frederick is believed to have been initially buried in a make-shift grave between the River Meuse and the railway depot of Nouvion-sur-Meuse. In 1941 his grave was found and identified, on his hand he still wore a ring with his initials, also found in the grave  was a bottle with his name engraved. The body was subsequently buried in the local cemetery at Nouvion-sur-Meuse.

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Fredericks head stone in the Nouvion-Sur-Aieuse Cemetery

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