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    Hello everyone

    The Newcastle Evening Chronicle of July 4th 1945 reported the following:

    W/O John Bridon, R.A.F., son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Bridon, of 35 Calderdale Avenue, Walker, has been awarded the D.F.C. for distinguished service in Burma.

    I'm having trouble tracking down W/O Bridon via Google and the LG website - perhaps a mis-reporting of his name(s) in the article? I wondered if anyone could help me trace him?

    Many thanks

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    Simon

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    Simon,
    The only BRIDON I can find is at AIR 78/21/4 Image 154. Walter Bridon 1045530 (965000-1149977 Padgate 1 Sep39 to 31 Mar 41). Looks like a surname typo, although the dates fit?
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    Hi Simon,

    Possibly, 1076392 W/O (W.Op./AIR) John Frederick BRYDEN RAFVR - DFC, LG: 8/5/1945 -357(S.D.) Sqn (SEAC).

    Bryden was a Wireless Operator/AIR in the crew of 187363 P/O (Pilot) Frank Cyril COOKE DFC RAFVR, 357(S.D.) Sqn (SEAC).

    Col.
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    Peter and Col

    Many thanks for the replies. That's him Col. His award is reported (or re-reported) in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle of July 14th, almost verbatim from July 4th, only this time they got his name right:

    Warrant Officer J. F. Bryden, son of Mrs. and the late Mr. J. Bryden, of 35, Calderdale Avenue, Walker, Newcastle, has been awarded the D.F.C. for distinguished service in Burma.

    Regards

    Simon

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    BRYDEN, John Frederick, Warrant Officer (1076392, RAFVR) - No.357 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 May 1945. Citation from Air Ministry Bulletin 18664.

    Warrant Officer Bryden has been employed continuously on operational flying for the past ten months. He has participated in sorties to Burma. He has also taken part in many operations which have involved flying over mountainous country during very severe weather. In December 1944 this Warrant Officer was wireless operator in an aircraft detailed for a long range sortie, a flight of over 3,000 miles.
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    Many thanks indeed Hugh.

    Looking at the 357 Sqn ORB, the crew undertook Operation Cairngorm on December 6th/7th 1944 to northern Malaya in Liberator VI 'V'. They left at 20.00 on December 6th, and landed at Cox's Bazaar at 15.05 on December 7th.

    The ORB Form 540 has the following:

    'Two long range sorties were attempted, both being near-dawn attempts, owing to previous experience of weather, namely "Hebrides" (S/L. K. P. Jones) which was unsuccessful due to 10/10 cloud cover and "Cairngorm" (P/O. F. C. Cooke), which proved more successful, for the load was dropped on the secondary D.Z.'

    and the Form 541:

    'This operation was successful. The target area was Northern Malaya. The weather was generally fine and at 0407 hrs sighted an airfield east of Gala[?] but no A/C were seen on or near the runway. The first DZ was clouded over so 2nd DZ was used, this was reached at 0500 hrs. 4 agents and 7 packages were dropped and all chutes were seen to open correctly, the agents signalled from the ground that they had landed OK. A/C then set course for base and landed at Cox's Bazaar owing to petrol shortage.'

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    Simon,

    No. 357 Sqn Liberator VI "V", was KH313.

    Liberator B.VI KH313 (ex-44-44184)
    Delivered Dorval 14.10.44
    to India, arrived Mauripur 28.10.44
    357 Sqn [V]
    S.O.C. 28.2.46

    The Liberator in Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Service.
    Oughton,James D. with John Hamlin & Andrew Thomas
    Tonbridge:Air-Britain (Historians),2007
    p.212

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    Thanks Col, much appreciated.

    They were also involved in an Op on May 9/10 1944 in Liberator III 'V'. From the ORB Form 540:

    'Sgt. Cooke was successful on operation Spiers but the most hard worked in the a/c was Sgt. Bryden – the bombing release gear and jettison toggle wouldn't work – so he manhandled 10 Containers & 2 Packages!'

    and from the Form 541:

    'The operation was successful:- 10 "e" type containers & 2 packages were dropped at 0250 hours for "Spiers" in the Bhamo area. Captain had been briefed to expect a diamond of double fires & not to drop if a "T" of fires was displayed. On the DZ a "T" of 3 or 4 fires was displayed also Adlis lamp flashing "Yes". Aircraft made 12 runs over the target as bomb release mechanism & jettison toggle would not work. On the first 6 runs every attempt was made to get the mechanism to function but eventually the Flight Engineer [sic] had to stand on the catwalk & release manually 2 containers at a time. All parachutes developed.'

    I'm wondering if Liberator III 'V' was one of the following:

    BZ847
    BZ902
    BZ909
    BZ959 (w/o June 16th 1944)

    Regards

    Simon

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