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SGT Francis Henry Bathmaker
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Birth: unknown
Death: Apr. 28, 1944
Wahlkreis Toggenburg
Sankt Gallen, Switzerland

Air Gunner
1892488
101 Squadron.
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 21

Son of H. George and Winifred Alice Bathmaker, of Kensal Rise, Middlesex.

Eight air crew members of 166 Squadron were on board Avro Lancaster (#LL750) bomber when it took flight from its base at RAF Station Ludford Magna in Lincolnshire; the Lancaster was one of 323 ‘Lancs’ and 1 Mosquito aircraft which had set out on a night operation over Friedrichshaven in Germany. A German night fighter attacked the Lancaster, shooting it down and causing it to burn and crash on a hillside near Gräppelensee (Lake Gräppelen) in the Swiss Alps; six airmen perished in the crash and two others survived (POW).
The casualties of this incident were:-
RCAF Pilot Officer Oscar Jacob ALBRECHT,
RAFVR Sergeant William Gowland ANDERSON,
RAFVR Sergeant Francis Henry BATHMAKER,
RAFVR Flying Officer John Raymond BURTON,
RAF Warrant Officer Bertram Bernard NOBLE and
RAF Sergeant Maurice George SMITH.

A memorial plaque has been placed at the crash site. It reads:-
“Zum Gedenken
An die sechs englischen
Besatzungsmtglieder die am
28. April 1944 beim Absturz
Mit de Avro Lancaster
Den Tod fanden.“
(In memory
of the six English
Aircrew members
Who died on
28 April 1944 in the crash
of their Avro Lancaster.)

(SJ Hearn) 
 
Inscription:
WE WILL NOT FORGET YOU
THE THREE YOU LEFT HERE
YOU WILL LIVE IN OUR MEMORY
FRANKIE DEAR
 
Burial:
Vevey (Saint Martin's) Cemetery
Vevey
District de la Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut
Vaud, Switzerland
Plot: 97
 
Created by: mynwent
Record added: Apr 11, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 108321474
SGT Francis Henry Bathmaker
Added by: Robert Savary
 
 
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Remembering Sergeant Francis Henry BATHMAKER, with gratitude.
- SJ Hearn
 Added: Jul. 18, 2016
 
 
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