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Ashcroft, Alfred Edward David

Date of death:
October 6th, 1944
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Graves Brussels Town Cemetery
Plot: X. Row: 23. Grave: 25.
Service number:
745591 (NCO)/112736 (Officer)
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


Alfred Ashcroft joined the RAF in 1939 as an air gunner with 141 Squadron before he retrained with 29 Squadron in West Malling, Kent.
The 24-­year-­old navigator and wireless operator was killed alongside Australian pilot William Vale, 27, when their Mosquito plane came down on the church in Linter, Belgium on October 6, 1944.
They had been returning to RAF Swannington in Norfolk after a raid on Bremen and Dortmund in Germany.

? Flight Sergeant
26 November, 1941: Pilot Officer on Probation (emergency)
1 October, 1942: Flying Officer on Probation (war sub)
26 November, 1943: Flight Lieutenant (war sub)

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Flight Lieutenant
No. 29 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
February 22nd, 1944
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)