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Robert Alexander Banks-Martin

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Class photo No.4 Solo Flight Training School Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 1941, supplied by Mr. Leslie Adams of Hamilton in 2001 - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
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    Robert Alexander AWMM
  • Surname
    Banks-Martin AWMM
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    NZ414226 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    WW2 Vessel was Monterey AWMM

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    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

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  • Robert Banks-Martin was the son of Robert and Rosina Banks-Martin of Martinborough, New Zealand.

    He was a member of No.4 Solo Flight Training School at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1941

    Sergeant Banks-Martin was the pilot of a Halifax II (DT483 MH-F) which took off from Snaith at 1634 on operations in the Nectarines area (code named Op. Gardening). The plane was lost without trace. It was the first 51 Squadron crew to be reported missing since returning from duties with Coastal Command. The other crew members were Sgt J.E.L. Griffiths (RAF), Flight Sgt P.A.J. Rudkin (RAF), Sgt E.W.D. Roberts (RCAF), Sgt R.J.A. Gowan (RCAF), Sgt H.A. Smith (RAF), and Sgt C.J. Osborne (RAF). All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in England. (Ref. Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War by W.R. Chorley, p. 16).

    The following is taken from the series on the Royal Air Force Bomber Command Squadrons researched, compiled and written by Chris Ward (England). The section dealing with 51 Squadron's 1943 history begins: '51 Squadron returned to the battle on the night of the 8/9th of January, when eight crews took part in a sizeable mining effort off the Danish coast. On the following night, 120 aircraft took off for similar duties off the Frisians and North Germany, and the squadron registered the first of what would become a harrowingly long list of losses during the year. DT483 failed to return to Snaith, and no trace of it or the crew of Sgt Banks- Martin was ever found.'

    On 24 February 1943 the New Zealand Herald reported that Sergeant Banks-Martin was missing on operations. It was on 1 September that the paper recorded that he was presumed to have died. AWMM
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    9 January 1943 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
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    • Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM
    • Pollington Airfield Memorial Garden, Yorkshire, England AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
    http://www.cwgc.org
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Chorley, W. (1996). Royal Air Force Bomber Command losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses 1943 (Vol. 4). Leicester, England: Midland Counties Publications. AWMM
    • Royal Air Force. Bomber Command. Squadron profiles ; no. 16: 51 Squadron AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
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