Personnel Index - Detail

Name
BAUM
First Names
Alfred James
Rank
Sgt
Service
RAF
Service Number
581137
Crew Position
A/OBS
Age
28
Date of Death
11/08/1940
Cemetery

 

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke
 

11/12 August, 1940; RUHR - "RAZZLE":

Recent intelligence reports suggested that Germany's armament reserves were being stored in numerous areas within the Black Forest. British scientists soon came up with an unusual weapon with which to counter these 'scattered' objectives. Given the curious name of 'Razzle', it consisted of two square sheets of celluloid about six inches long, and in the middle, surrounded by damp cotton-wool, was placed a piece of phosphorus. The idea was for the 'razzle' to be dropped into the forest and once the cotton-wool dried, the phosphorus would smoulder and set light to the celluloid which burnt with a fierce flame for about 10 seconds. Pilots were requested to plan routes to their primary targets so that they passed over areas of the Black Forest. So it was on the night of the 11th August, that the squadron received the unusual order; '9 to stand-by for 'Razzle' and to destroy the oil refinery at A 108'.

P/O Richard Gower and crew in R-Robert, were shot down by flak over Dortmund. All the crew were killed and are now buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

Hampden L4036 (EA-R)
P/O R.F. Gower Pilot (Killed)
P/O E.A. Harris NAV (Killed)
Sgt A.J. Baum W/OP (Killed)
Sgt P.W.N. Jelley A/G (Killed)