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Ian Willoughby Bazalgette
Birth: Oct. 19, 1918
Death: Aug. 4, 1944

World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. On August 4, 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. 
 
Burial:
Senantes Churchyard
Senantes
Departement de l'Oise
Picardie, France
 
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Record added: Nov 29, 2004
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For Squadron Leader Ian Willoughby BAZALGETTE VC (born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada), with gratitude. Son of Charles Ian and Marion Edith (née Bunn) Bazalgette. Commemorated on Page 245 of Canada's Second World War Book of Remembrance.
- SJ Hearn
 Added: Mar. 19, 2014
With great respect for your courage.
- Captain Jack
 Added: May. 20, 2013

- Gary Holcomb, Sr.
 Added: Apr. 14, 2013
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