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    Hello,

    To assist in the compilation of a revised Roll of Honour for Oakham School, Rutland, can anyone supply details on the death of, 101004 F/O. (Pilot) Geoffrey Franklin BRITTLEBANK, RAF ? He died on 29/9/1942. (have CWGC).

    Any help appreciated,
    Col.

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    Flight Magazine JANUARY 7TH, 1943

    DIED OF WOUNDS OR INJURIES RECEIVED ON ACTIVE SERVICE. -
    L.A/C. J. L. Billinton;
    Fit. Sgt K. S. H. Bird; 29/09/1942 Registered Neath District. Unrelated I guess
    -----> F/O. G. F. Brittlebank;
    Fit. Sgt. R. M. E. Crofton; 28/09/1942 - 88 Sqn
    Sgt. W. J. C Roberts: Killed/Died North Africa
    P/O. B. G. Tree; 28/09/1942
    F/O. R. G. M. Wright: 01/10/1942
    Cpl R. A. Young Killed/Died North Africa

    Brittlebank is not in the Q3 or Q4 registers for 1942 for EngWal's. There is a Geoffrey F Brittlebank age 21 in Scotland so if you or someone has credits you can easily get into that site and find reason for death. Whether that can be attributed to an aircraft is another thing.
    www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

    His head stone here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/harlowirish/2641911270/

    A second ground plate is marked:
    In happy memory of
    GEOFFREY FRANKLIN
    BRITTLEBANK
    Flying Officer R.A.F. V.R.
    Fighter pilot and Instructor
    Killed on duty Sept 29th 1942
    Aged 21 years
    Ouaesi Curores


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    I manually searched and he is registered in East Calder, Mid Lothian.

    RAF Kirknewton was nearby maybe? But there is a Kirknewton district also.

    Googling about suggests:
    Refresher Flying Training School (RFTS), might have been there at the time.
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Hi Dennis,

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Try this:-

    Miles Master III W8960
    1 RFTS

    Hit trees on take-off, Kirknewton 29.9.42.

    I think we've found it !

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 19th January 2009 at 13:22. Reason: minor correction

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    ..and is that the Oakham School motto on the ground tablet?
    Quasi Cursores
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    Hi gbh1f,

    Partly.

    'et quasi cursores vitai lampada tradunt'
    ( And like runners, they pass on the torch of life ).

    Dennis,

    A nice peice of detective work, mate.

    Now, was Brittlebank alone ?

    Col.

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    I've W8960 of 1 RFTS on file with F/O (Pilot) Thomas R.C. ADAMS - RCAF J/15063 from Toronto, Ontario, buried Corstorphine Hill Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland. (Had been posted to 152 Squadron to fly Spitfire aircraft).
    Perhaps "Dakota" or Bill Walker may confirm.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Some years ago, a local ATC leader, Andrew Passfield, came across a flag that had been previously stored in the belfry of Great St. Mary's Church in Sawbridgeworth. The flag was dedicated to the "Two Geoffreys" and relates to Geoffrey Owen Sharpe and Geoffrey Brittlebank who are both commemorated in the churchyard. Geoffrey Brittlebank was a fighter pilot and instructor with Bomber Command and he was killed (on duty) on 29th September 1942 aged 21. Geoffrey Sharpe was a pilot officer/navigator with 77 Squadron, flying a Handley Page Halifax. He was killed on active service on 9th December 1943.

    Fl.Lt.Passfield approached me as a trustee of the local Memorial Hall which, in part, is dedicated to members of the RAF. (Another local pilot, James Marks, is also commemorated and his sister recently attended a dedication service to his memory.)

    I have obtained quite a bit of information through local research and,by chance, found the link to your website during a "google" of Geoffrey Brittlebank's name. I have recently registered on the website. Regards,John Rider

    P.S. Geoffrey Brittlebank's parents were ~Colonel Joseph William Brittlebank and Maud Evelyn Brittlebank,both of whom lived in Sawbridgeworth.
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    Henk,

    Re your Post # 7, J/15063 F/O (Pilot) Thomas R C ADAMS RCAF. Significantly, he is mentioned in the same Casualty List (Flight. January 7, 1943. p.28. Cas. Comm. No.188 - RCAF - KOAS), as 101004 F/O (Pilot) Geoffrey Franklin BRITTLEBANK RAF. Do you have any further information on the loss of Master III W9860?

    Col.

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    Hi Col,
    Thanks for this thread, I will send it on to Michael Allbrook who I am sure will be most interested.
    Roy

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