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    Default Help identifying aircrew 1940/41 (78 SQN)

    I fully appreciate that this is a bit of a long shot, but you never know. I am trying to find out the details of the following aircrew, all served with No. 78 Squadron. The earliest are from September 1940 and the latest from July 1941. I would be grateful for forenames, service numbers and any other information which people may have. Sadly I don't have service numbers for any of them to be able to do an AIR 78 check. I have indicated the rank when they first started operations, their initials where known, their crew position, the date they commenced operations with 78 Squadron and the number of operations they had completed by the end of July 1941.

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    Daz

    SGT. BEATON. W WAG. APRIL 1941. 15
    SGT. BEE. WAG. MAY 1941. 8
    SGT BELL. R W. WAG. MAY 1941. 9
    SGT. BELL. PILOT. JULY 1941. 4
    SGT. BISSETT. T. WAG. APRIL 1941. 13
    SGT. BRADBEER H S or R S. WAG. DECEMBER 1940 2
    SGT. BRADFORD. WAG. JULY 1941. 3
    SGT. BRAMLEY. R J WAG. NOVEMBER 1940. 6
    SGT BRONFIELD. WAG. AUGUST 1940. 13
    SGT BROWN J. WAG. FEBRUARY 1941. 7
    SGT BURGESS. WAG. JUNE 1941. 8
    SGT. CONROY E. PILOT. MAY 1941. 5
    SGT. COOKE T C or R C. PILOT. OCTOBER 1940. 18
    SGT. COOKE. S. WAG. MAY 1941. 1
    SGT. COOTE J. WAG. OCTOBER 1940. 4
    SGT COX. J A. WAG. JAN 1941. 3
    SGT COX J H PILOT. NOV 1940. 1
    PO. CROUCHER. PILOT. JULY 1941. 3
    SGT. DAVY. F G. OBS. FEB 1941. 25
    SGT. DIAMOND. D. WAG. SEPT 1940. 23
    SGT. EMMS. D W PILOT. APR 1941. 5

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    Default Re: Help identifying aircrew 1940/41 (78 SQN)

    From 35 Squadron I have:

    Henry Septimus Bradbeer 805520 (I assume that he was posted from 78 Squadron to 35 Squadron, but I don't have a posting date .... do you?)

    Possibly John Alfred Arthur Cox 648868 (he flew with PS James crew)
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    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Default Re: Help identifying aircrew 1940/41 (78 SQN)

    Hello

    With regards to Henry Septimus Bradbeer, the Shields Evening News of October 13th 1943 reported the following:

    Shields R.A.F. Sergeant Repatriated
    Mrs. L. L. Bradbeer, of Birmingham, formerly of North Shields, has received notification from the Air Ministry that her son, Sergeant Henry S. Bradbeer, R.A.F., who has been a prisoner of war in Germany for over two years, is in the list of prisoners who are being repatriated.
    Youngest son of Mrs. L. L. Bradbeer and the late Joseph W. Bradbeer, Sergt. H. S. Bradbeer was born in North Shields, educated at King Edward School and the Northern Counties School. He removed to Birmingham with his mother six years ago, and was employed as a clerk in that city before the war. He was also a member of the auxiliary R.A.F.
    He was called up for service in the R.A.F. just before the outbreak of war, and had taken part in many operational flights over enemy territory before he was shot down in a raid over Germany in July, 1941. In this action he received injuries which necessitated the amputation to one of his legs.
    His elder brother Norman is also a sergeant in the R.A.F. Other brothers are Mr. W. C. Bradbeer, Chemist; Mr. R. L. Bradbeer, Adjutant of the Tynemouth Squad A.T.C.; Mr. Joseph W. Bradbeer, haulage contractor and Mr. Edward Bradbeer, Chemist. He has one sister, Miss Lydia Bradbeer, who is living with her mother in Birmingham.


    He was shot down in Halifax I L9521 of 35 Squadron.

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    Simon
    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78SqnHistory View Post
    PO. CROUCHER. PILOT. JULY 1941. 3
    John Rhodes CROUCHER 61306 RAFVR
    Killed 07/09/1941 102 Squadron

    Chris

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    Default Re: Help identifying aircrew 1940/41 (78 SQN)

    BRAMLEY - I would suggest probably


    https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk...n-1918-to-1975


    First Name Surname Service Number Rank Record Year Unit
    New Robert Johnson Bramley 935292 1940 Royal Air Force

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    Default Re: Help identifying aircrew 1940/41 (78 SQN)

    Quote Originally Posted by 78SqnHistory View Post
    SGT. BISSETT. T. WAG. APRIL 1941. 13
    Possibly

    974793 Thomas Neish Watters BISSET (121430) RAFVR

    Commissioned from Sgt on 1st May 1942. Trade Wireless Operator

    Killed on 78 Sqdn 08/06/44 as F/Lt

    Possibly on a 2nd tour, his surname is misspelt as Bissett throughout this 1944 tour

    Chris

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    Default Re: Help identifying aircrew 1940/41 (78 SQN)

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteT View Post
    From 35 Squadron I have:

    Henry Septimus Bradbeer 805520 (I assume that he was posted from 78 Squadron to 35 Squadron, but I don't have a posting date .... do you?)

    Possibly John Alfred Arthur Cox 648868 (he flew with PS James crew)

    Pete,

    Thank you. With regards to BRADBEER, I'm fairly certain that this is the same man, but sadly there is no movement details recorded for him in the 78 Squadron ORB. I'll check what I have on COX. I have some views on these but it is always nice to have your thoughts confirmed or denied by others.

    Many thanks

    Daz

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    Quote Originally Posted by cozzy711 View Post
    John Rhodes CROUCHER 61306 RAFVR
    Killed 07/09/1941 102 Squadron

    Chris
    Chris,

    thank you I have him confirmed as moving to 102 Squadron on 11/08/41 and he was lost on his 10th op. The aircraft crashing into the sea, some 60 miles North East of BIRCHAM NEWTON. There were no survivors.

    Daz

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