Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?


Flying Officer Jeffrey Ronald Bearcroft

Service No & Branch 2855 GD(P)

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Date of Birth: 20 Oct 1923 Commissioned: 31 Jan 1944 Course: 22 Course
Service End: Retired on 10 Feb 1947 / Died on 25 Nov 1950
Remarks : died in Air crash - http://www.planecrashinfo.com/195/195-59.htm
Google the Bharat Rakshak Website for : "J R Bearcroft"
Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
20 Nov 1944 - 31 Aug 1945Plt OffrNo.10 Squadron, RIAF To 9RIAF
01 Sep 1945 - 30 Jun 1946Plt OffrNo.9 Squadron, RIAF To 1DC
 
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Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
28 May 1946Spitfire XIVeNH865Fg Offr J R Bearcroft
9engine cut at 200 fe

Additional Notes

Remarks: Died - Indamer Crash 1950 Note added: 2014-07-01

He was killed in an aircraft accicent (when flying for Indamar commercial air-freight in November 1950). On the death recently of my mother, we discovered pictures & logs books from his Air Force days, but we can not find his actual squadron or anything about his time in the Air Force. Could you help me or put me in touch with someone who could... My father's nick name was 'Ginger Bearcroft'. I would be grateful for any information you could give me.  

Pilot’s Log Book - Airways India & Indian Overseas Airways. An unusual manuscript flight-ledger for Flying Officer Jeffrey Ronald Bearcroft ex-RAF 1944-46, comprising Civilian Pilot record 1946-1950, giving full details of military record of types flown including Tiger-Moth, Harvard, Hurricane & Spitfires VIII & XIV, and hours served, and assessment as “Above Average” and principally logging the complete flight-record for his activities with the Indian Airways giving aircraft-types flown including Cessna Crane, DH82, Dakota, L-5, Dove, Liberator etc., during which time after initial training he was upgraded from trainee to Co-Pilot (on the Calcutta-Vizagapatam-Madras-Bangalore Route during monsoons!) to Senior-Pilot and later Captain. Provides a fascinating insight into aviation activities in the immediate aftermath of WWII and the transitional period to Indian Independence etc. (1)


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