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N H Mckeown

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Hi

 

I am trying to compile a document for the family on my Great Uncle Thomas Scullion Brady whos plane went into theBaltic Sea on the night of August 29th 1944 during the raid on Stettin.  Here is his crew.

 

ALEXANDER, ROBERT LAWSON. Rank: Flight Sergeant. Service No: 989463. Date of Death: 30/08/1944. Age:29.
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 635 Sqdn.
Panel Reference: Panel 215. Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.
Additional Information: Son of James I. and Wilhelmina Alexander, of Dyce, Aberdeenshire.
 
BAXENDALE, ROBERT. Rank: Flight Sergeant. Service No: 1079189. Date of Death: 30/08/1944.
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 635 Sqdn.
Panel Reference: Panel 215. Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.
 
HEALEY, FRANCIS WILLIAM. Rank: Flight Lieutenant. Service No: 170211. Date of Death: 30/08/1944.
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 635 Sqdn. Awards:D F C
Panel Reference: Panel 202. Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.
 
NEVILLE, JOHN. Rank: Flight Lieutenant. Service No: 131567. Date of Death: 30/08/1944. Age:31.
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 635 Sqdn.
Panel Reference: Panel 203. Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.
Additional Information: Son of William and Elizabeth Neville, of Bickershaw, Lancashire.
 
PICKLES, ROBERT. Rank: Pilot Officer. Service No: 185504. Date of Death: 30/08/1944. Age:26.
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force 635 Sqdn.
Panel Reference: Panel. 212. Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.
Additional Information: Son of Edmund and Sarah Pickles, of Burnley, Lancashire.
 
WOMAR, DENNIS HENRY PETER. Rank: Flight Sergeant. Service No:1398420. Date of Death: 30/08/1944.
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 635 Sqdn.
Panel Reference: Panel 223. Memorial:RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.

I am trying to compile all his missions from the March 1944 when 635 was formed at Downham Market until his death in August 1944.  I have the ORB's for August 1944.

Does anyone have the ORB's for March - July 1944

Does anyone know anyone who had relatives in 635 squadron

 

Thanks Nicola



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Nicola,
I can help you out with information from the ORB. If you would like scans of any pages relating to the ops covered, can you let me have your email address via my "whiteboard" on my profile page please.
Alan.

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Hi Alan,

I have left my email address on your whiteboard. Thanks for helping me with the research on my uncle Thomas Scullion Bradys time in 635 Downham market. Would anyone have ORB or info on his time in 76 squadron. Do you know what kind of info his service record will hold. Thanks
Nicola

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If you need any more info give me a shout. Thanks.

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When was he with 76sqdn

 



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Hi Alan,

the ORB shows a F/O Brady (Air Bomber) posted out of 76 Squadron Holme on Spalding Moor 12/12/43.

Bill Chorleys book; To See The Dawn Breaking has no mention of Thomas Scullion Brady.

 

Mike.



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Thanks Mike, i'm working my way back through the 635sqdn ORB until i find his first op with them.

Nicola, will be in touch via email, when i've got the information together.

Alan....



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Hi Alan

Uncle Tommy was posted to 35 squadron from 76 on 22nd December 1943 RAF Graveley Huntingdonshire Cambridgeshire. I have no idea when he joined 76, I assume this was his first posting after training. I know he went to Canada to train.

As I mentioned before I have all his ops from 35 squadron and also the month of August 1944 from 635 as that was the month he died. But I am stumped with the rest.

I am in the process of applying for his service record to be sent which may shed some light on his training which started in Canada and then when he was sent back to England I presume. I would love to know his entire path from where he left his home in Annbank Scotland until he went into the Baltic Sea that night.

I have some letters here that he wrote to his sister and they mentioned he was training to be Navigator but he had second thoughts and the next thing he was Bomb Aimer. I wonder if he ever went to be pilot and didn't cut it.

Any help would be so much appreciated, thanks for all your valuable time.

Nicola

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Nicola,

            I've found that he was on his 22nd operation with 635sqdn when lost, and it would appear that from the date of his previous operation on 12th August, they had probably just come back from a spell of leave. The crew were posted in to 76sqdn on 23rd Sept 43, and flew 6 ops (the first one was aborted) before being posted out, as Mike stated, in Dec 43. Will be in touch via email very soon.

Alan.



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Hi Alan,Nicola

Ive just been looking at the crews service with 76 Sqn.

 

Posted in 23.9.43

08.10.43       Hanover            Halifax DK205     Returned early, engine trouble

03.11.43       Dusseldorph     Halifax LK958  

18.11.43       Mannheim         Halifax DK205

19.11.43       Leverkusen       Halifax DK205

22.11.43       Berlin                 Halifax LK687

03.12.43       Leipzig               Halifax  LK912    Op abandoned, GEE box caught fire

 

Posted Out 12/12/43.

 

There is a photo of Halifax LK912 with another crew standing in front of it, this can be found in the books; From Hull Hell and Halifax by Chris Blanchett, and To See The Dawn Breaking by Bill Chorley.

Regards,

Mike

 

 



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I have researched the operational tour of the pilot, Frank Healey, for my uncle, who knew him during childhood.  Main sources were Operational Record Books (76, 35 and 635 Squadrons), London Gazettes, W R Chorley's Bomber Command Losses series and Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt's Bomber Command War Diaries.



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