I have been asked to look in to the RAF career of Sgt James Edward Bacon, service number 1383765 by a surviving relative.

James died on the 20th October 1943 when he was Bomb Aimer in a 97 Squadron Lancaster III, JB275, OF-H. It took off from RAF Bourne at 17.53 and crashed at Falkenberg, killing 5 of the 7 crew, the others taken POW. Those that died are buried in the Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery.

P/O K Painter KIA
Sgt T Deacon KIA
Sgt R C Saunders POW
Sgt J E Bacon KIA
Sgt T Andrews POW
Sgt S F Hone KIA
Sgt D W Angell KIA

In looking at this loss in the records here (http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...php?qnum=53209) there is a reference to an incident two years prior to this in which a Sgt J E Bacon was injured when a 502 Squadron Whitley, Z6502, crashed on take off at RAF Limavady.

"Sergeant J E Bacon: injured; Pilot Officer D B Collie, Sergeant R Bagley, Sergeant R C Sawyer, Sergeant S A Smith, Sergeant J B Murray: uninjured; aircraft crashed during take off at RAF Limavady, Whitley Z6502, 502 Squadron, 19 October 1941."

I was wondering if anyone can tell me whether this is definitively the same man, and if so, what are the details behind the incident in 1941 and what the injures were, given if so Sgt James Bacon only returned to Ops in June 1943 with 9 Squadron.