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James Robertson Grant Bathgate

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Portrait, Weekly News - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Weekly News - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Robertson Grant AWMM
  • Surname
    Bathgate AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ403932 AWMM
    • WWII 403932 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 October 1920 AWMM OutramOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr George Bathgate (father), Outram, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
    "Flying Officer Bathgate has taken part in a very large number of sorties, many of which have been in the Middle East. He has displayed exceptional skill, keenness and determination, qualities which have earned him many successes. He is very efficient captain and his example has always proved inspiring." By Such Deeds, p.77 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • James Bathgate was the son of George Thomas Bathgate and of Eleanor Isabella Bathgate (nee Macnee), of Outram, Otago, New Zealand; husband of Dorothea Valentia Bathgate.

    Aircraft shot down by flak

    Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers.

    "Flying Officer Bathgate had a varied flying career, including bomber operations over Europe with 214 Squadron and the Middle East with 104 Squadron, both in Wellington aircraft; duties with the Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment, England on Whitley, Wellington and Halifax aircraft; Liberator ferry duties to the Middle East with the 511 Squadron and secret missions with the 161 Squadron (Lysander) ferrying Allied agents to the Continent. It was while ferrying two French agents to target 'STEN', France on the night of 10/11 December 1943, that he failed to return." By Such Deeds, p. 77 AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    11 December 1943 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    La Ville-Aux-Bois British Cemetery, Aisne, France AWMM 3. B. 1A. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • 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
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      p. 77 AWMM

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