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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. D H Baddeley


Douglas Hiram Baddeley from Dalton, Huddersfield, was born on 30th April 1916, the son of Herbert Baddeley (1891-1935) and Mabel Rosina Baddeley (nee Poulter 1888-1982).

He was a pre-war groundcrew member of 616 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force.

The 1939 Census records him as a hairdresser in West Bromwich.

Called up on 24th August 1939, he volunteered for Air Gunner training and on completion of training was posted to 25 Squadron at North Weald in early October 1940.

He married Elsie Ward in late 1941 in Barnsley.

He was a Flight-Sergeant when he was killed on operations aged 25 on 26th June 1942. His Wellington IC, DV721 'N' of No 26 OTU, failed to return from the 1000 Bomber raid against Bremen.

Also lost were:

F/O A Sharples
WO CJ Stirling
F/Sgt. HH Jordan
F/Sgt. AR Watkins


Baddeley is buried in Kiel War Cemetery, Germany.



(Photograph courtesy of Dean Sumner).


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