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Richard Banks    

Servicenumber : 6015841
Rank : Staff Serjeant
Regiment : The Glider Pilot Regiment
Unit : 2nd Wing
Date of Death : 19-09-1944
Age : 25
Grave : Plot 3. Row D. Grave 6.
Richard "Dicky" Banks was a son of Jeremiah Banks and Martha Banks of Ilford, Essex.
Banks served in the Maritime Anti Aircraft Artilley and was nicknamed 'Admiral'. In the Glider Pilot Regiment he served with F-Squadron. He took part in the operation in North Africa 
Banks landed near Wolfheze on 17 september 1944. He flew a Horsa with men of the Border Regiment to Wolfheze. 
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) and the book Glider Pilots at Arnhem (Mike Peters and Luuk Buist 2009) Banks was killed by mortar fire (apparentely he didn't had a wound but was killed by shock waves from the blast) in the Dennekamp area and was given a field burial in front of the Tafelberg Hotel in Oosterbeek. 
Banks was awarded a Distinguished Flying Medal. 
Picture: 23-09-2012
Eternal rest
Give unto him, o Lord;
And let perpetual light
Shine upon him
 
Sources: Website CWGC, 'Glider Pilots at Arnhem' and Roll of Honour

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