Born: 1920, Ipswich.

Died: 10th April 1941; age: 20.

Rank: Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: 748372.

Regiment: Royal Air Force, 50 Squadron.


Grave Reference:

  1. F.4.

Jonkerbos War Cemetery,




Father: Frederick W. Ratcliffe, born 1886, Maldon, Essex – died 1928, of 29, Kendall Road, Colchester, Essex.

Mother: Laura Alice Ratcliffe (nee Clarke), born 1888, Walton-on the-Naze, Essex.


1st April 1941


Aircraft: Hampden; Serial number: P4409. John was taking off down-wind on a solo training

flight at Lindholme airfield. The aircraft swung off the runaway and the undercarriage collapsed.

John escaped serious injury. The Hampden was wrecked,


10th April 1941


Aircraft: Hampden; Serial number: AN789 – failed to return from Ops to Dusseldorf.

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