Raymond Charles BANFIELD DFC

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BANFIELD, Raymond Charles

Service Number: 415490
Enlisted: 9 November 1941
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 83 Squadron (RAF)
Born: PERTH, WA, 4 July 1920
Home Town: Victoria Park, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Worked at the Commonwealth Bank, Perth
Died: Flying Battle, Germany, 25 July 1944, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Durnbach Cemetery, Germany
8. D. 30. Monumental Inscription: HIS DUTY FEARLESSLY AND NOBLY DONE. EVER REMEMBERED.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Flt. Lieut Banfield Memorial Chair, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Victoria Park RSL Cenotaph
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World War 1 Service

9 Nov 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 415490

World War 2 Service

9 Nov 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 415490
25 Jul 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 415490, No. 83 Squadron (RAF)
Date unknown: Honoured Distinguished Flying Cross, Citation stated: "F/Lt. Banfield participated in many night attacks against some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets. He proved himself to be a cool and courageous captain of aircraft. On one occasion when the aircraft was damaged by an enemy fighter setting the bomb bay on fire and severely wounding the flight engineer this officer displayed great coolness in taking prompt action to put out the fire. Afterwards he flew the damaged aircraft safely back to base. F/Lt Banfield's conspicuous gallantry and outstanding skill have maintained a high standard in his crew."

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