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    Hi,

    Looking for details, name, s/n of a Squadron Leader Bax, who I believe was a a navigator during June / July 1940.

    Any help, as alwasy very much appreciated.

    Steve
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    Steve,

    Found two with that surname:

    1281045 Norman Bryan William BAX (184174) Commissioned 1944, retired as Squadron Leader 1962.

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...10067/data.pdf

    And 78742 Thomas Albert BAX who does not appear to have been promoted after Flight Lieutenant.

    http://australiansinsliii.blogspot.com/2018/11/

    Dave

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    Steve,

    Two other airmen with the name of Bax, and S/L in RAF, 1940:

    361911 S/L Alfred Victor BAX AFM, RAF (05189), (later G/C. OBE[M], [Malaya]). AFM, (as Sgt), 1/1/1931.

    1946: Deputy-Director Flying Training (Navigational). Group Captain A.V. Bax, AFM.

    Conversely:

    33018 S/L Alfonso Rudolf Gordon BAX RAF - PoW 4-9-1940:

    4-9-1940
    No.211 Sqn.
    Blenheim I L8376
    Op: Derna.

    Took off 1255, LG 20 (Qotaifyah I), attacked and damaged by an enemy fighter near Derna, and last seen making for the Libyan coast with one engine dead. Believed to have force-landed near Derna.

    S/Ldr A R G Bax* - PoW
    Sgt R A Bain - PoW
    AC1 L E C Wise - PoW

    See: BLME1/Gunby & Temple,2006/p.24.

    * OC. No.211 Sq - 3-8-1940 - 4-9-1940.

    Col.
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    BAX, Alfred Victor, Sergeant (361911) - Air Force Medal - awarded 1 January 1931 in Birthday Honours List; reported in Aeroplane of 7 January 1931. Born in Grenleigh, Guildford, Surrey, 23 April 1906. Enlisted September 1921. Commissioned 19 May 1929; promoted Flying Officer, 29 November 1932; posted to No.207 (Bomber) Squadron, Bircham Newton, 7 February 1933; to No.5 Flying Training School, Sealand, 18 November 1933. To No.3 Flying Training School, Grantham, 25 October 1934. Reported to have passed promotion examinations for elevation to Flight Lieutenant, held March 1935 with marks in excess of 80 percent (Aeroplane, 19 June 1935) but exact date of promotion to Flight Lieutenant uncertain. Promoted to Squadron Leader, 1 December 1938. Promoted to Wing Commander, 11 March 1941. Awarded King’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air, 2 June 1943. Promoted Group Captain, 1 July 1947. Awarded CBE, 6 March 1953 for services in Malaya. Retired 1 August 1955. Public Record Office Air 30/84 provided courtesy of Brian Cull has citation.

    This airman pilot has rendered services of outstanding merit with No.47 (Bomber) Squadron, Middle East Command.

    He has taken part in all important flights carried out by this unit in the Sudan, notably those with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, in the West African Flight, and also in the anti-locust campaign, when he ably carried out duties usually performed by experienced officers.

    On several occasions he has displayed great ability and energy in effecting repairs and resuming flight after forced landings.

    BAX, Alfred Victor, W/C, AFM (05139, Royal Air Force) - Air Observer School - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/9609 (courtesy of Steve Brew) has citation drafted when he had flown 2,920 hours, originally for an AFC.

    This officer, who is employed as a chief instructor has set an outstanding example of conscientiousness and devotion to duty. By his untiring energy, tact and cheerfulness, he has made a notable contribution to the standard of aircrew training. He possessed excellent navigational knowledge..

    BAX, Alfred Victor, G/C, AFM (05139, Royal Air Force) - Air Headquarters, Malaya - Commander, Order of the British Empire - awarded as per London Gazette dated 6 March 1953.

    Group Captain Bax has been Senior Air Staff Officer at this Headquarters for the past 16 months. His work has been made more difficult than it would ordinarily have been because another Group Captain is stationed at Kuala Lumpur to act as the Air Officer Commanding’s representative with General Headquarters Malaya and to control Advanced Air Headquarters. In consequence Group Captain Bax is mainly responsible for the more ordinary affairs of the Group. In spite of this wide separation of the Headquarters this officer has, by his unfailing application, maintained a very well knit team and has done a great deal to maintain the efficiency of the many different types of flying units in the Group, and the scale of support they have been able to give the ground forces in Malaya. His devotion to duty is of an exceedingly high order. He is always on the spot when wanted, whatever the time, and will never leave duty until he is absolutely certain that everything possible has been done to ensure the safety of crews or the success of any operation. He has done this in spite of the enervating effect of the climate, which does not agree with him and causes him considerable periods of poor health. In addition, as Chairman of the Royal Air Force Malaya Sports Board, he is indefatigable in furthering the interests of Royal Air Force sport in Malaya, making a point of regular attendance at matches and meetings however much they clash with his private affairs. In the course of the past 16 months Group Captain Bax has flown some 120 hours as pilot. He has tested Malayan Auxiliary Air Force pupil pilots, and has flown as observing passenger, frequently on air strikes or supply drops. This officer has set a fine record of persistent devotion to the efficiency and welfare of this Group.

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    Gents,

    Thank you all, I think the chap I'm after is Alfred Bax. A copy of a dairy from a vet from the period records a S/Ldr A Bax giving lectures on daylight naviation.

    Thank you again gents.

    Steve
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