Personnel Index - Detail

Name
BAIRNSFATHER
First Names
Ralph McPherson
Rank
W/O
Service
RAAF
Service Number
417440
Crew Position
Bomb Aimer
Age
23
Date of Death
07/03/1945
Cemetery

 

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke



From L to R: 
Pilot....F/O Roussel William Galloway Stark, RAAF, (killed)
Rear Gunner....Sgt Joe Dixon (POW)
Flight Engineer....Sgt Fred Brennan, RAAF, (POW)
Bomb Aimer....Warrant Officer Ralph McPherson Bairnsfather, RAAF, (killed)
Wireless Operator....F/SAngus "Gus" Thomas Jellicoe Lovett, RAAF, (killed)
Mid Upper Gunner....Robert Cecil "Paddy" Gilbert (killed)
Navigator....W/O John Charles Yeoman, RAAF, (POW)

7/8 March, 1945; HARBURG:

Oil was the target, when 234 Lancasters and 7 Mosquitoes of 5 Group visited Harburg. The bombing results were good, with extensive damage being caused, but the cost was high with 16 Lancaster crews failing to return to their Lincolnshire bases.
The squadron dispatched 18 Lancasters on the raid, F/O Littley (PB373) and crew being the first away at 17.40hrs. 49 Squadron had one aircraft fail to return plus an airman killed, and another posted missing from a second aircraft.

Australian pilot, 23 year old F/O Roussel Stark, with four of his fellow crew members were sadly killed, and are buried in Becklingen War Cemetery; the remaining three members became P.o.Ws.

Lancaster PB537 (EA-X)
F/O R.W.G. Stark RAAF Pilot (Killed)
Sgt J.F. Brennan RAAF F/E (P.o.W.)
W/O J.C. Yeoman RAAF NAV (P.o.W.)
F/S A.T.J. Lovett RAAF W/AG (Killed)
Sgt R.C. Gilbert A/G (Killed)
W/O R.M. Bairnsfather RAAF B/A (Killed)
Sgt J.R. Dixon A/G (P.o.W.)

Crew on their 13th operation



Group portrait of Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) trainees of Course 28A, Flight 12, C Squadron at No. 4 Initial Training School RAAF, Victor Harbour, South Australia. 
Ralph Bairnsfather is seated 4th from the RHS (no other airmen from the photograph were posted to 49Sqn).
 


The memorial certificate issued by the City of Unley