BAZALGETTE, Ian Willoughby  
 
PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Bazalgette, Ian Willoughby
Date of birth: October 19th, 1918 (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Date of death:  August 4th, 1944 (Senantes, France)
Nationality:  Canadian
     
VICTORIA CROSS (VC)
Rank: Squadron Leader
Unit: 635 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Awarded on: December 18th, 1945
Action: On 4 August 1944 Squadron Leader Bazalgette was involved in an air raid on Trossy St.Maximin, France. While he was approaching the target his Lancaster bomber came under heavy fire causing the two starboard engines to fail and setting the plane on fire. Despite all this Squadron Leader Bazalgette continued his mission and was able to drop his bomb load precisely on target. After he had ordered his crew to bail out he tried to land his plane safely. During this attempt the plane exploded killing Squadron Leader Bazalgette and two members of his crew.

Details: Squadron Leader Bazalgette’s Victoria Cross is publicly displayed at the Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon, Great Britain.
Squadron Leader Bazalgette is buried at the Senantes Churchyard in Beauvais, France.
 
     
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (DFC)
 
 
 
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Picture source:   Peter Bennett, Great-Britain
Information source(s):   - Victoria Cross Reference
- The Register of the Victoria Cross - published by This Engeland 1997 - ISBN 0906324270
- Special thanks to Iain Stewart from The History of the Victoria Cross
   
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