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    Looking for information on the death of Sgt (WO/AG) Eric BRADLEY 1065784 who was killed on 1-11-1942. He is buried in Dunkirk Town Cemetery. I believe he died in a Boston in the Calais area.

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    From this site:
    http://www.lesbutler.ip3.co.uk/tony/tonywood.htm

    RAF 2 Group Light-Bomber:
    RAF 2 Gp. 88 Sqn. 6 Boston III 12.56- Circus 233 0 - 0 - 0 n/a 1 Cat.Em Flak Tasked: St. Omer

    Cat.Em 01.11.42 F/O D.K. Hulme: KIA 2 Group 88 Sqn. Boston III: Z2224 Flak nr. St. Omer
    Cat.Em 01.11.42 Sgt. L.C. Willey: KIA 2 Group 88 Sqn. Boston III: Z2224 Flak nr. St. Omer
    Cat.Em 01.11.42 Sgt. E. Bradley: KIA 2 Group 88 Sqn. Boston III: Z2224 Flak nr. St. Omer

    332 Squadron ORB: 1. November 1942. Bomber-Escort 13.25-14.40. Maj. Mohr DFC l (in AD279) led, airborne 13.25 from Manston. Briefing held that 332 Squadron was the close, and only escort, for 6 Bostons bombing St. Omer airfield. Squadron briefed to go in first and subdue the Flak on the airfield. After re-forming the same procedure was to be used at St. Inglevert airfield. The rendezvous was made at 13.30 over North Foreland, and course set at zero feet. Crossed the French coast , east of Calais, still at zero feet at 13.30 hrs. Intense light-Flak was encountered in the Calais area. Squadron proceed direct to St. Omer/Longuenesse where the pilots were constantly subjected to 20-mm. Flak, which accounted for one of the Bostons.
    Owing to the thick mist in the St. Omer area, the Bostons turned back before reaching the target. They made one orbit to port, and then two orbits to starboard, just after making their initial turn back. They completely lost formation, and made it impossible for us to escort them. Eight FW 190s were then observed, and the Bostons broke away singly into the mist after jettisoning their bombs. About 2 miles N.W. St. Omer airfield, Red 2, 2/Lt. T.A. Waerner (in W3125) broke formation with white smoke pouring from his aircraft. Heard to say on R/T that his glycol-system had been hit. He climbed and announced that he would bale-out: this he was unable to do, and we saw him belly-land in a field. Squadron climbed to 6,000-feet and made landfall-out by Cap Gris Nez.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Dennis,

    Many thanks for the prompt reply with the information.

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    Martyn

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    Hello,

    From No. 88 Squadron ORB, 6 aircraft detailed to bomb St Omer airdrome. Z2224 took off at 12:56 from Oulton. Approximately halfway between the enemy coast and the target at 13:43, Z2224 (P/O D.K. HULME) was seen to climb above the formation and then spin slowly to the ground. There's no more abou the loss of that Boston.

    By the way, Norwegian Thor WAERNER evaded capture following his forced-landing.

    Joss

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    Joss,

    The additional information is much appreciated.

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    Martyn

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