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Flight Sergeant Harry BRIGGS (935939) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Lost in aircraft DC-2 AX768  

Death of Death 1942-07-24 .

Served in 31 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : 1. G. 6. at Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India


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AIR81/5957Sergeant H Briggs: injured; Flying Officer H G Blackmore, Sergeant W D L Cole: uninjured; enemy action, Blenheim V5574, 55 Squadron, 19 April 1941.C16755255

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Squadron Leader Geoffrey Harry Briggs, 295 Squadron mid 1943Does anyone have the ORB for 295 Squadron for mid 1943? Squadron Leader G H Briggs was, I believe a Flight Commander, and for a short spell, was temporarily in Command of the Squadron. Can anyone confirm, and if so, when it was? Thanks ....Read More.Unverified 9395 on 29th January 2012 07:53:38
298 Squadron ORB Tarrant RushtonDoes anyone have a copy of the ORB above? I am trying to find if a navigator by the name of Seymour was transferred out to or in from Tempsford. If it is any help the pilot's name was G H Briggs. cheers bob ....Read More.Bob on 11th February 2015 09:47:34
my dads French Croix De GuerreBob, By chance I have the Operations Record Book (ORB) for 644 Squadron for the period in which you are interested, but your father actually did little [I]operational[/I] flying. He was the Navigator of Sqn Ldr G H Briggs crew, the other crew members being Air Bomber Sgt A E Low, Wireless Operator F/O G E Tonge. Air Gunner F/O N H Searles and Flight Engineer F/S H D Pope; so far as I can see this was the only crew with which he flew between February and August 1944. January and February 1944 - No ops 13th March - Special Operation for SOE (Successful) 10 April - SOE Special Operation (Successful) 27 April - As above (Unsuccessful) 30 April - As above (Successful) 5 May - As above 6 June - Take off 0145 DBST towing Horsa (glider) for Operation TONGA 6 June - Take off 1945 DBST towing Hamilcar for Operation MALLARD. Orbited ditched Halifax 9 miles north of Ouistreham (?) on return until arrival of rescue ship at 2150. 15 July - SOE Special Operation (Successful) Diverted to Fairford 22 July - SOE Special Operation (Unsuccessful - no reception party) 6 August - SOE Special Operation (Successful) 10 August - As above 20 August - As Above - torrential rain made it difficult to find drop zone. 24 August - As above (without the rain) 27 August - As above (Successful) 30 August - SAS Special Operation (Successful) - unpleasant heavy thunderstorms. Other than the above there appears to have been a lot of training (which doesn't get logged separately). Only one award is recorded between Jan and August. Your father's name is only recorded in respect of the operations listed above. The names of the DZs are not recorded in the ORB. There is quite a lot about Operations TONGA and MALLARD on the Internet. Brian ....Read More.Lyffe on 12th August 2015 05:11:40
my dads French Croix De GuerreBob, I'm afraid you are mistaken in respect of 11-12th April 1944. AIR27/1650 (which gives the debriefs of operations) implies there were two navigators on F/O Taylor's Halifax (Seymour and McGechie), the aircraft taking off at 2230 DBST on the 11th and landing at 0435 DBST on the 12th. However, Seymour is also listed as being the navigator for S/L Briggs, T/O 2230 DBST on the 11th and landing at 0400 DBST on the 12th. He could not possibly have been on two aircraft operating at almost identical times. Why the debrief has him in Taylor's crew is strange as two navigators would not be required in any circumstances. AIR 27/1649 (298's ORB) has Symour as navigator with Briggs's crew and McGechie as the lone navigator with Taylor. I'm unable to find any previous reference to Taylor's crew in the ORB, so it might be it was new to the squadron. However, there is no doubt that Seymour flew only one operation that night. Brian ....Read More.Lyffe on 15th August 2015 07:16:01
my dads French Croix De GuerreA summary then. My dad was awarded the CDG in 1944, receiving it at Netheravon in late August and was allowed to wear it as I have a photo of him in uniform with it alongside his others when meeting prince Phillip as provenance. My aunt recalls it was for a special mission to take an important female agent into France before June 6th. I have a letter from 1981 where my dad describes some of his adventures out of Tarrant Rushton with 298, I have a 60 minute interview made by Andrew Wright with dad's pilot GH Briggs in 1992 where he talks about agent drops, how some of the agents lived on the woodland camps near the airfield before their drop. All this was SOE work, and the 298 operational records are mostly classified as Most Secret, mostly supply drops. In this letter my dad also describes flights where his specialised knowledge of areas of France were required, these were made out of Tempsford. BUT - that does not fit with 138 records, the Lysander plane he writes about did not normally carry a navigator. There is an anomaly here, so a trip to Kew to work through AIR2/9645 is a new starting point although that seems to be from October 1944 so perhaps an earlier file. I have these references from his service records, and I need to write to this French archive. Thanks to all for your interest, I guess the truth is out there somewhere and just needs time and legwork to establish. ....Read More.robert seymour on 31st August 2015 06:07:33
405 Sqdn Halifax HR810 LQ-X Lost 5/6th Sept 1943 Nussloch 9km sse Heidelburg (moved)Hi My father Sgt J H Briggs was the wireless operator on HR810 LQ-X when the plane was lost on a mission to Mannheim. My father survived losing an eye and suffering serious damage to his back and his foot, saw the war out in various hospitals and camps 357 and L6. Came home, had three children, died in 1970 age 49. I have visited the graves of the three crew member KIA at Durnbach Cemetery and left a White Rose from their pal from Yorkshire. Inspired by the visit I became involved with The War Graves Photographic Project and through a recent communication with an ex work colleague, I discovered that he had researched the site of his Uncle's crashed Lancaster also in 1943. This is all preamble to ask where should I start to find the precise location of the crashed Halifax "9kms SSE of Heidleburg", the three KIA crew were buried initially at Nussloch. I know nothing else, but would happily visit Nussloch and walk the area if it is likely that there are any remains. I have visited many many CWGC sites and taken 1000s of pictures to help individuals find the last resting place of a long lost loved one, this is something new and I don't know where to start. Any help or encouragement would be very welcome. ....Read More.Inverexy on 9th January 2017 08:46:28

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