Born: 1920, Ipswich.
Died: 10th April 1941; age: 20.
Rank: Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: 748372.
Regiment: Royal Air Force, 50 Squadron.
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.