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    Hoping someone might be able to help me fill a few gaps in this pilot's brief career, please.

    • He was born in Beverley, Yorks, in the Jul Qtr 1904, but I cannot locate an exact date.
    • Prior to joining the RAF on a SSC in 1925, he spent some years at sea and obtained his 2nd Mate’s Certificate of Competency (Foreign-Going Ships), No. 0019096, issued 17 Jun 25. Does anyone know how to find any of the ships he served on with this information?
    • Bradbury was posted to 41 Sqn on 13 Aug 1926, but was injured in a flying accident when he sustained engine failire in a Snipe, and ditched Colwyn Bay the following month. I do not have an exact date for the accident and have had no luck trying to find it. Does anyone have any other info on this, please?
    • Bradbury was posted back to 41 Sqn on 7 Apr 27, but I have no visibility of whether this was as a result of sick leave or whether he was posted elsewhere briefly (e.g. retraining?) in between. Has anyone come across him between Sep 1926 and April 1927?
    • Whether he went on a refresher or not, unfortunately Bradbury was injured in another flying accident in Siskin IIIa, J.8402, on Holbeach Range, on 8 May 28, and died of his injuries twelve days later, aged 23.

    Any additional info on the above would be appreciated

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    Hi Steve

    Talking of small worlds

    I've just sent a message to a childhood friend of mine, named Bradbury, who may be related to him as we were also in Beverley and grew up in a village just outside the town.

    Malcolm

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    Seriously?! You're kidding? That's brilliant; I hope it's a match. Got my fingers and toes crossed, as he's a bit of a mystery man.

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    Hi Steve,

    Was he really injured?

    STRAPPED IN SUNKEN PLANE
    Pilot Officer Geoffrey Bradbury, of the Royal Air Force, had a remarkable escape from drowning when the Snipe machine he was flying near Rhos-on-Sea North Wales, developed engine trouble, and came down in the water a quarter of a mile from the shore, on the Colwyn Bay side of the pier.
    Immediately the machine struck the water it turned turtle and sank with Pilot Officer Bradbury in it.
    A motor boat put out, and after a few minutes Pilot Officer Bradbury was seen swimming around. He was picked up and taken to an hotel.
    Pilot Officer Bradbury told a reporter that while under the water he managed to pull the quick releasing apparatus which freed him from the straps by which he was held in his seat.

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...402492/4221362

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    Thanks Mojmir, I'll look into it further, but the question then becomes that, if he wasn't injured, where was he between September 1926 and April 1927, when he was posted back to 41 Sqn?

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    Hi Steve

    According to the December 1926 AFL he was still with 41 Sqn, so it would appear that officially he wasn't posted elsewhere

    Malcolm

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    Bradbury dunking was on June 30th 1926

    He was met by a boat half-way from the shore
    and taken to a hotel, his "only injury being a
    slight one to the foot.

    I do not know Snipe Serial

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    Hi Malcolm

    This is what has me confuddled:

    Posted to 41 Sqn in Aug 1926: https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarch...earch=Bradbury
    Posted to 41 Sqn in Apr 1927: https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarch...earch=Bradbury

    Steve
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    This date does not match with your timeline - The date I gave is from Daily Mirror July 1, 1926

    Could he have had another more serious incident after he joined 41 Sqn and the two incidents mixed up over time

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    Thanks Paul; I'll have to take a closer as the link Mojmir provided is from September 1926. As this one does not indicate a date of the accident, it may have been that the accident occurred when you say, and an enquiry subsequently released findings that appeared in the latter report. Or was there more than one incident??? They sound very similar, though. I'll keep digging!
    Last edited by Steve Brew; 30th January 2018 at 02:57.
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