John Randell Daniel Braham flew with No
29 Squadron during the battle of Britain as an intruder and night flying
Blenheim's. He was born
on the 6th of April 1920 and was the most decorated serviceman in the war.
He made his first Kill on the 29th
of August 1940. His final score for the war was 29 kills 19 of them
being at night.
He attained the rank of Wing Commander with D.S.O. and two bars, D.F.C. and two bars, A.F.C., Croix de Guerre Belgian.
|Sub/Lt H.G.K.Bramah from No 213 Squadron flying a Hurricane (N2541) was on patrol on the 15th of July 1940. He baled out after attacking a Do 17 over Portland at 13:20hrs. His aircraft crashed off Dartmouth, Devon and Bramah escaped with injuries.|
|In 1937, Guy R.Branch while still a student pilot, was involved in a crash on take-off. He escaped from the blazing wreckage but, realizing his instructor was still trapped, went back into the flames to pull him out. For this act he received the George Cross. On the 8th of August 1940 he destroyed two Ju 87's. F/O G.R. Branch of No 145 Squadron was K.I.A. on the 11th of August 1940, in his Hurricane I (P2951) when he crashed into the sea off Swanage, at 10:30hrs. He was buried at Quiberville, France, aged 26.|
|Christopher Joseph Quintin Brand was Air Officer Commanding of No.10 Group Rudloe Manor, Box, Wiltshire. He was born in 1893 in Cape Colony, South Africa. Brand joined the R.F.C. in 1916 and fought in France. He pioneered some aspects of night fighting in the defense of London in 1917. He made an Historic flight in 1920 from London to Cape Town for which he was Knighted. He retired from the R.A.F. in 1943.|
|Sgt. G.B.Brash was with No 248 Squadron during the Battle of Britain flying in Blenheim's. He and the other crew (C.C.Bennett & G.S.Clarke) were killed in action on the 1st of October 1940. They failed to return from a Recce/Sortie off the Norwegian coast in Blenheim IVF (R3626) .|
|Sgt. J.J.Brimble from No 73 Squadron was K.I.A. on the 14th of September 1940. He was shot down over Maistone, Kent in his Hurricanes I (P2542) at about 16:05hrs.|
|F/O Francis N.Brinsden a New Zealander and flew with No 19 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. On the 31st of August 1940 he had to bale out of his Spitfire I (R6958) after combat over the Thames Estuary.|
|W/C S.T.Harry 'Broady' Broadhurst flew Hurricanes with No 85 Squadron in France. He had a Hurricane painted with the letters 'H B' on either side of the fuselage and often flew at night to intercept enemy bombers until he was hit by some flack on the 27th of June 1940 whilst chasing a Heinkel 111. He landed safely at Coltishaw. He was the C/O of Wittering Sector Station during the Battle of Britain.|
|P/O J.W.Broadhurst of No 222 Squadron was killed when he baled out of his Spitfire I (P9469) after attacking a bomber at 16:50hrs on the 7th of October 1940 over Salehurst, Essex.|
|F/O R.E.P.Brooker of No 56 Squadron destroyed a Ju 87 on the 13th of July 1940, and a Do 17 on 21st of August when he was himself shot down by return fire from the rear gunner in a Do 17 over East Anglia, at 18:15hrs. He was slightly injured during his force-landing in his HurricaneI (P3153). Brooker was awarded the D.F.C. on the 30th of May 1941, the Bar to the D.F.C. on the 27th of March 1942, and the D.S.O. on the 1st of December 1944. On the 16th of April 1945 he was leading 122 Wing when he was shot down and killed. He was awarded the Bar to the D.S.O. on the 12th of February 1946 with effect from the date before his death.|
|F/O Peter Malan Brothers joined No 32 Squadron in 1936. He destroyed four enemy fighters over France and during the early part of the Battle. Brothers added four more enemy aircraft (of which three were fighters) during the latter half of August. Brothers was posted to No 257 Squadron in early September, he destroyed two Do 17's on the 15th of September. Brothers was awarded the D.F.C. on the 13th of September 1940, the Bar to the D.F.C. on the 15th of June 1943, and the D.S.O. on the 3rd of November 1944. He became an air Commodore in the latter part of the war.|
|P/O B.W.Brown flew with No 610 Squadron and No 72 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He was on patrol on the 23rd of September 1940 in his Spitfire I (X4063) . He was shot down by a Bf 109 during combat over Gravesend at 10:30hrs. His aircraft crashed and burned out but he escaped injury.|
|F/O De Peyster Brown an American joined the R.C.A.F. on the 9th of September 1939 and as a Canadian flew Hurricanes with No 1 (RCAF) Squadron from August 1940. His On the 27th of September 1940 he claimed a Do 215 destroyed and shared a Ju 88.|
|F/Lt G.A.Brown of No 253 Squadron was wounded on the 30th of August 1940 at 11:15hrs. He force landed his Hurricane I (P3802) near Maidstone after combat with a Bf 109.|
D.O.M.Browne of No 1 Squadron
was on patrol on the 19th of July 1940
in a Hurricane I (P3471)
when his aircraft was set on fire in an attack on a He
111. He crash landed at 18:15hrs but was unhurt.
While on patrol in his Hurricane (R4075) on the 15th of August 1940, Browne was shot down near Harwich at 15:00hrs, he baled out and was rescued by a trawler.
|F/Lt. Mark Henry (Hilly) Brown a Canadian joined the R.A.F. in 1936. He flew in France with No 1 Squadron in Hurricane's where he shot down 5 enemy aircraft making him Canada's first Ace of the War. M.H.Brown was shot down on the 15th of August 1940 while on patrol in his Hurricane I (P3047) near Harwich at 15:00hrs, he baled out and slightly injured, and was rescued by a trawler. He was awarded the D.F.C. and later in the war became a Wing Commander. He was killed on the 12th of November 1941. His score then was 15 confirmed kills an 4 shared.|
|F/Lt D.C.Bruce of No 111 Squadron was killed on the 4th of September 1940 at 13:40hrs. His Hurricane I (R4172) was lost over the Channel after combat with some Bf 109's.|
|Sgt N.Brumby of No 607 Squadron was K.I.A. on the 1st of October 1940. His Hurricane I (V6686) was shot down by a Bf 110 over the Isle of Wight at 10:50hrs.|
|P/O Geoffrey C.Brunner of No 43 Squadron was wounded on the 26th of August 1940 at 16:45hrs over Portsmouth . He belly landed his Hurricane I (V7308) at Tangmere after combat with some Heinkel He 111's.|
|P/O John S.Bryson a Canadian of No 92 Squadron was killed on the 24th of September 1940 at 09:00hrs. His Spitfire I (X4037) was attacked by a Bf 109 near North Weald Sector Station.|
|F/Lt Stanislaw 'Breezy' Brzezina was from Poland and joined No 74 Squadron in August 1940. He baled out of his Spitfire I (N3091) over the Thames Estuary on the 13th of August 1940, at 07:05, he landed safely. His aircraft had been hit by return fire from a Do 17.|
|Sgt M.Brzozowski from Poland of No 303 Squadron was K.I.A. on the 15th of September 1940. He was shot down off Gravesend, at 15:05hrs in a Hurricane I (P3577).|
|P/O J.R.Buchanan from No 609 Squadron was shot down and killed in his Spitfire I (N3023) by a Bf 109 of I Gruppe of JG 27 flown by Oberleutnant Framm on the 27th of July 1940 at 10:20hrs.|
|P/O Maurice S.H.C.Buchin a Belgian was posted to No 213 Squadron on the 25th of July 1940. Maurice Buchin and P.J.Philipart were on patrol over Portland on the 11th of August 1940 and each of them shot down a Junkers Ju 88. Maurice Buchin was the first Belgian to be killed in the Battle of Britain when his Hurricane I (V7227) was shot down over Portland on the 15th of August 1940 at 17:45hrs.|
|Sgt. J.A.Buck from No 43 Squadron was on patrol in a Hurricane (P3531) He was shot down by a Bf 109 on the 19th of July 1940. He baled out wounded but he drowned near Selsey .|
|P/O Buckland joined No 74 Squadron in Spitfire's during September 1940 but was killed tragically in a collision with P/O D. Hastings.|
|Sub/Lt G.G.R.Bulmer of No 32 Squadron was killed on the 20th of July 1940 when he was shot down in his Hurricane I (N2670) by a Bf 109 of JG 51 off Dover at 18:00hrs.|
|F/L Robert Bungey an Australian joined No 145 Squadron on the 24th of September 1940 as leader of 'B' flight.|
|P/O E.Burgoyne of No 19 Squadron was killed on the 27th of September 1940 at 12:30hrs. His Spitfire I (X4352) was shot down over Canterbury by a Bf 109.|
|F/Lt N.W.Burnett of No 46 Squadron was wounded on the 8th of September 1940 at 12:30hrs. He crashed his Hurricane I (P3201) after combat over Sheppey.|
|Sgt. Owen V. Burns was an air gunner with No 235 Squadron flying in Blenheim's during the Battle of Britain.|
Howard Frizzelle 'Billy' Burton took over the leadership of No
616 Squadron flying the Spitfire
on the 3rd of September 1940. He
was formerly a flight commander with No
He was assessed as follows:
As a fighter pilot: Above Average
As a pilot : Above Average
In Air Gunnery : Exceptional
|Sgt. L.Burton was with No 248 Squadron during the Battle of Britain flying in Blenheim's. On the 20th of October 1940 he was on a recce sortie off the Norwegian coast flying in BlenheimIVf (P6952) when he was shot down and made a P.O.W. Also in the crew were G.H.Baird, R.Copcutt and S.V.Wood.|
|F/O P.R.F.Burton of No 249 Squadron a South African was killed on the 27th of September 1940 at 09:50hrs. His Hurricane I (V6683) collided with a Bf 110 over the Redhill area.|
Roy Bush was born in Wellington, New
Zealand on the 7th of February 1918. He applied to join the RAF. In
May 1940, at the end of his flying training, having converted to Gladiators,
was posted to No 615 Squadron at
Abbeville in northern France. Bush had a conversion course on Hurricanes
then he joined No 242 Squadron at
Biggin Hill on 5th June.
Famous fighter pilot Douglas Bader took command of the much-depleted and demoralized squadron, reforming and reorganizing it to become operational again on the 9th of July. Bush in the final weeks of the Battle of Britain destroyed two enemy aircraft, probably another and damaged two more.
On the 15th of September 1945 Bush was one of twelve pilots led by Douglas Bader in the first Battle of Britain fly past over London. He returned home in November 1946 and was given command of the General Purposes Communications Flight at Ohakea.
On the 30th of November 1948, Bush carried out a photographic reconnaissance in the Gisborne area. After landing briefly at Napier his aircraft departed for Ohakea. When the Oxford failed to arrive a search was made and the wrecked aircraft was found in the Ruahines. It is believed to have broken up in the air with fatal results for Roy Bush and his crew of two.
|Sgt S.L.Butterfield of No 213 Squadron was shot down and killed of Portland on the 11th of August 1940 in his Hurricane I (P3789) at 11:00hrs. He held the D.F.M. and is buried at Bolougne Eastern France. He was 27 years old.|
|W/O E.L.Byrne of the F.I.U. was on night patrol over the French coast near Calais on the 13th of September 1940. He and his crew (G.Dixon & R.G. Ker-Ramsey) baled out of their Blenheim IVf (Z5721) and became P.O.W's.|