Image from the Evening Star 16th March 1942
Born: 3rd May 1917, Ipswich.
Died: 4th July 1941; age: 24. Killed during a daylight raid over Germany.
Residence: Pond Farm, The Green, Barham, Suffolk.
Rank: Flight Lieutenant/Observer; Service Number: 44598
Medals Awarded: Distinguished Flying Cross with effect from the 26th June 1941. London Gazette, 13th March 1942 – “For carrying out a difficult reconnaissance operation in the face of enemy fighter opposition”.
Coll. Grave 26.E. 6-8.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Herbert Johnson Bailey & Florence Jane Bailey, of Belstead, Suffolk.
Father: Herbert Johnson Bailey, born Valentine’s Day, 1889, Ipswich. A Farmer and Pig Breeder.
Mother: Florence Jane Bailey (nee Mallett), born July 1886, Ipswich.
Raymond was educated at Ipswich School – entered 1927 – left 1934.
Raymond was a member of the 15th Ipswich (School Group) Scouts.
Raymond is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial.
4th July 1941
Aircraft: Bristol Blenheim IV; Serial Number: V6020; Code: OM:W; Based at R.A.F. Great Massingham, Norfolk; Target: Bremen, one of the most heavily defended towns in Germany. The aircraft took-off at 05:10hrs, on a daylight raid without the benefit of clouds for concealment. The aircraft encounted heavy flak and was brought down at Blockland, north of Bremen-Gröpelingen, Germany. Claimed by the Luftwaffe 8th (Motorised) Flak Division.
Lawrence Victor Elliott Petley; Wing Commander/Pilot; age 26; R.A.F.
Wilfred Marshall Harris; Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 21; R.A.F.