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29.08.1943 No. 14 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit Oxford I V4158 Fl/Sgt. Braddock

Operation: Training

Date: 29th August 1943 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 14 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit

Type: Airspeed Oxford I (21 Group)

Serial: V4158

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Banff, Scotland

Location: Hillside Farm, Barmekin Hill, Echt, Aberdeen, Scotland

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Graham Braddock NZ/421012 RNZAF Age 24. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Aubrey Frances Smith NZ/428799 RNZAF Age 24. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

After carrying out a training exercise the pilot retraced their course in low cloud and mist with undercarriage down.

It is thought that the experienced pilot had misjudged their position and accidentally stalled when confronted suddenly by the hill in front of them - both crew killed when they crashed at about 17:00 hrs.

Above - five of these seven men were killed! Wigram 1942 (possibly on award of Pilots Badges - they were all presented their badges on 28 November 1942): Top three: Fl/Sgt. A.R. Young, Fl/Sgt. John Stuart Selby Fleming (1), Fl/Sgt. Graham Braddock (2) Centre two: W/O. Neil Evan McLeod MacDonald (3) Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott (4) Front (seated): Fl/Sgt. D.B. Thomas, Fl/Sgt. Harold Leslie Raymond Richards (5)

(1) 27 year old, Fl/Sgt. John Stuart Selby Fleming NZ/421038 - Killed on the 19th November 1943 whilst with 90 Squadron. Buried at Rheinberg War Cemetery.
(2) 24 year old, Fl/Sgt. Graham Braddock NZ/421012 RNZAF - Killed on the 29th August 1943. Buried at Dyce Old Churchyard in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
(3) 23 year old, W/O. Neil Evan McLeod MacDonald NZ/42427 RNZAF - Killed on the 28th December 1944 whilst with 33 Squadron. Buried at Bath Cemetery (Haycombe)
(4) 28 year old, Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott NZ/421105 RNZAF - Killed on the 28th May 1944 whilst with 75 Squadron. Buried at Gilze-En-Rijen R.C Cemetery.
(5) 28 year old, Fl/Sgt. Harold Leslie Raymond Richards NZ/42457 RNZAF - Killed whilst serving with 622 Squadron on the 18th November 1943. Buried at Lachalade Churchyard, Meuse, France.

Above: Corfe Castle Visit July-August 1943. Back row from left: Sgt. T.G.C. Mackay, P/O. J.C. Turner; Fl/Sgt J. Pryse, Sgt. T.J. Ladd, Fl/Sgt J.S.S. Fleming, F/O. G. Braddock, Sgt. F.A.J. Scott. Front row of three: P/O. E.L. Burke, Sgt. R.R. Pollock, Sgt. D.B. Thomas.

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. Graham Braddock. Dyce Old Churchyard, Aberdeen. Grave 43. Born on the 04th May 1919 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England, then moved to New Zealand aged 12. The son of Jonas Archibald and Lillian Ada Braddock (née Brown) and husband of Vivienne Helen Braddock (née Sutherland), of Taupiri, Auckland, New Zealand. Worked on his fathers dairy farm at Taupiri prior to service. Started his flying training at Levin on the 08th February 1942 - No. 3 Elementary Flying School on the 05th April 1943 - No. 1 Service Flying Training School on there 13th June 1942 - wings awarded on the 02nd September 1942 and promoted to Sergeant on the 28th November 1942. Embarked for the United Kingdom on the 17th January 1943. A total of 444 flying hours logged with 197 solo on the Airspeed Oxford.

Obs: Sgt. Aubrey Frances Smith. Dyce Old Churchyard, Aberdeen. Grave 44. Born on the 19th November 1918, the son of Harold and Annie Smith, of Peekakariki, Wellington, New Zealand. 265 flying hours logged with 12 solo on the Airspeed Oxford.

Information courtesy Errol Martyn - For Your Tomorrow Vol’s 1-3 and Jan-Field Hodgson. Other sources as quoted.

KTY 11.07.2017

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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