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James Bayly



  • Title
  • Forenames
    James AWMM
  • Surname
    Bayly AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    39899 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Waka
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 March 1917 AWMM WaitaraTaranaki AWMM
    Waitara, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs N.I. Bayley (mother), 22 Kitchener Road, Milford, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • 2 EFTS, New Plymouth; AWMM
    • 2FTS, Woodburne (January 1940) AWMM
    • 6 OTU, Sutton Bridge, UK (August 1940 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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  • Embarkation details

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Became ill and spent 1 month in hospital January 1941. AWMM

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Biographical information

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  • Educated at New Plymouth Boys' High School.

    1934 - Became an apprentice electrician

    7 September 1938, he joined Civil Reserve of Pilots and gained 'A' Licence at the Western Federated Aero Club.

    19 October 1943 -Pilot Officer

    19 April 1944- Flying Officer

    March 1942-Posted to Delhi (India) from Cornwall.

    Returned to operation, after first posting as a staff pilot at a paratroop training school, flying Vickers Valentias at 70m.p.h., on 4 January 1943 with 62 Squadron at Cuttack.

    Incident on 16 March 1942 when detailed to attack Japanese position at Magwe, his Hudson was badly damaged so Bayly decided to turn off the engine and head for Chittagong, but damage to the fuel line made this impossible, so he and crew decided to head inland and bale out. After they landed it took the four men two days to find each other. Friendly Bengalis helped them evade Japanese patrols and they eventually reached Chittagong. On return to Cuttack the Court of Enquiry found Bayly made an error in switching off engine too soon. Finding resulted in Bayly having a heated verbal exchange with CO and it was recommended that he be reduced in rank, and disciplined. AOC later told Bayly he considered that right action had been taken in the Hudson but that Bayly's insubordination could not be overlooked and he forfeited a years seniority.

    Following this incident he was posted to 31 Squadron (transport), carrying out supply drops to the Army, often in hazardous conditions until 9 April 1944.

    Returned to New Zealand September 1944, and became staff Pilot at School of navigation, New Plymouth.

    Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July - 31 October 1940 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2002 AWMM
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