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    Default J86428 FO Lloyd James GALBRAITH RCAF

    Hello Canadian experts,

    Does anybody know what happened to this pilot? I am having great difficulties finding casualty details on the CWGC site. I found his award of the DFC in the London Gazette without any difficulty using details as per the title above. The son of his air gunner has told me his father once told him that after serving on 76 Sqn he was killed some time towards the end of the war. There are 8 Galbraiths listed in the CWGC, two of whom are Canadian pilots but none match. I have tried the usual search combinations of initials, spelling of surname and nationality etc. but still no joy. I know he was born in Canada 1922 and enlisted in the RCAF at Edmonton. Could some kind person with any knowledge of his last action please tell me, thank you

    Norman

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    G'day

    He is not listed in 'They Shall Not Grow Old" nor in the following from Veterans Affairs Canada.

    http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=collections/virtualmem/Results

    I have tried other sources but to no avail. So far, all the evidence seems to suggest to me that he survived the war.

    I have included the following below from Hugh Halliday's massive undertaking.

    Cheers...Chris

    GALBRAITH, F/O Lloyd James (J86428) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1922. Enlisted Edmonton 10 September 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 20 December 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 17 September 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (155 hours 35 minutes), 24 February to 14 August 1944.



    24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (7.55) 25 Jun 44 Montorgueil (3.25)

    25 Feb 44 Augsburg (4.45) 27 Jun 44 Mont Candon (3.15)

    9 Apr 44 Lille (4.10) 28 Jun 44 Blainville (6.35)

    10 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.50) 1 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier

    18 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.35) (3.25)

    20 Apr 44 Ottignies (3.40) 4 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier

    30 Apr 44 Acheres (4.30) (3.25)

    1 May 44 Malines (3.30) 7 July 44 Croixdale (3.55)

    6 May 44 Montgassicourt 9 July 44 Chateau Bernapre

    (4.10) (4.00)

    9 May 44 Berneval (3.05) 12 Jul 44 Thiverny (4.10)

    11 May 44 Trouville (4.15) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.15)

    19 May 44 Boulogne (3.15) 25 Jul 44 Foret de Croc (3.40)

    22 May 44 Orleans (5.10) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.15)

    24 May 44 Aachen (4.10) 30 Jul 44 Villers Bocage (4.00)

    7 June 44 Juvisy (4.35) Returned as ordered.

    9 June 44 Laval airfield 2 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.15)

    (5.00) 3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.10)

    12 Jun 44 Amiens (4.10) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.15)

    16 Jun 44 Domleger (3.20) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (3.35)

    22 Jun 44 Noyelle en Chaussee 11 Aug 44 Wemars Cappel (3.20)

    (4.40) 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE III (4.00)

    24 Jun 44 Noyelle en Chaussee

    (3.20)



    This officer has completed 38 sorties as captain of aircraft and flown a total of 155 operational hours against the enemy. He has carried out attacks against many of the heaviest defended of targets including Aachen, Schweinfurt and Augsburg.

    During the whole of the time this officer has been with the squadron he has displayed commendable courage and devotion to duty and a complete disregard for his own personal safety.

    His ability to make instant decisions in emergency, skilful pilotage and cool judgement have on many occasions been the means of extricating his aircraft from perilous situations.

    With his mind on the task in hand fearlessly and displayed a fine offensive spirit he has always set a magnificent example to his crew. It is considered that his splendid record of achievement merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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    Thank you Chris,

    I've asked the source of my information for more details and will get back.

    Norman

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    Please disregard, I pushed the button too many times and duplicated last message. My apologises
    Norman
    Last edited by namrondooh; 25th July 2009 at 11:24.

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    There is a following British Colombia death record:
    Name: Lloyd James Galbraith
    Gender: Male
    Age: 54
    Death Date: 9 May 1976
    Place of Death: Vancouver
    Registration #: 1976-09-008642
    bca #: B13352
    gsu #: 2050565

    Age and name only match.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    This thread may now be a bit old, but perhaps some new information might be of interest to the Thread starter.
    My father, Harry Houghton, was a Halifax navigator with 76 Squadron from late '43 to early 45 (flying with P/O Cole).
    I was first interested by the list of operations flown by F/O Galbraith in Dakota's message above, because quite a few of them coincided with entries in my father's log-book over that same period (Tergnier, Ottignies, Malines, Juvisy, Laval, Domleger all appear under the same dates) obviously as 76 Squadron was tasked to attack targets in France (and Belgium) before and after the Normandy landings. So far - nothing too strange about Halifaxes in the same squadron flying the same sorties - just a nice correlation really. The last times the sorties intersect in June is on the 28th, June where my father's log reads Blainville-sur-l'Eau (6.50) {Two combats: one S/L shot up: One FW 190 shot down} sic! The Summary for June is signed by (I think!) an A(?) Humphreys(?) F/LT O.C. "C" Flt. - the same officer who signed off on my father's log-book in April '44.
    The following month his log-book records only three flights, July 1st St. Martin-sur-l'Hortier (3:15 Daylight) and then July 15th Nucourt (4:20 Night) {attacking a V-weapon site, I think} after which he was screened from operations. The final entry was a one hour 'rated climb' daytime flight. The Summary for July 1944 reads: TOTAL DAY: 4:15 TOTAL NIGHT: 4:20 and is signed - L.J. Galbraith F/O for O.C. "C" FLT.
    I am presuming this is the same officer whose dates and movements are being researched in this thread. My father's log-book next picks up a few months later when he was at E.A.N.S. Shawbury - presumably training Navigators - so there is no further mention of F/O Galbraith after July 1944.
    I thought that this tangential circumstantial evidence might still be of some use in helping to connect the dots adding up to the personal story of yet another individual's career during those testing times.
    Regards, Gerard

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