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149 Squadron Crest
15/16.11.1941 No 149 Squadron Wellington Ic R1627 Sgt. Ronald Bramhall

Operation: Emden

Date: 15/16th November 1941 (Saturday/Sunday)

Unit: No. 149 Squadron

Type: Wellington Ic

Serial: R1627

Code: QJ-?

Base: RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk

Location: Not known - probably North Sea

Pilot: Sgt. Ronald Bramhall 1053576 RAFVR Age 21. Missing believed killed

Pilot 2: Sgt. John Kenneth Moss 1063794 RAFVR Age 29. Missing believed killed

Obs: Sgt. Reginald Vernon Bawden 921668 RAFVR Age 25. Missing believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Brown Ferguson 1051609 RAFVR Age 21. Missing believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. James Ernest King 625416 RAF Age ? Missing believed killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Cyril Northcott 1194655 RAFVR Age 21. Missing believed killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off from RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk at around 17:30 hrs. A total of 49 aircraft taking part on an operation to Emden - 4 Wellingtons were lost on the operation, 2 others returned but with serious damage. (24 crew missing, 6 others rescued after ditching in the North Sea, 12 other crew survived the 2 crash landings)

No nightfighter claim have been identified for either this loss or any of the others on this operation - they are all classed as “lost without trace”.

Burial details:

Sadly none - all are classed as missing and commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey, England.

Sgt. Ronald Bramhall. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 40. Son of John and Elizabeth Jane Bramhall, of Warrington, Lancashire, England.

Sgt. John Kenneth Moss. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 49. Son of John William and Martha Moss, of Stoneycroft, Lancashire, England.

Sgt. Reginald Vernon Bawden. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 39. Also commemorated on the Truro School War Memorial and the St Day War Memorial in Cornwall, Loughton War Memorial. Son of Ernest Robson Bawdon, and of Hilda Marion Bawden, of Loughton, Essex, England.

Sgt. Brown Ferguson. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 43. Son of Brown and Isabella Ferguson, of Lochs of Airth, Stirlingshire, Scotland.

Sgt. James Ernest King. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 46. No further details - are you able to assist?

Sgt. Cyril Northcott. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 49. Also on the Linkinhorne War Memorial, Cornwall. Son of Edwin Albert and Mabel Alice Northcott, of Liskeard, Cornwall, England.

Researched for Barbara Martin - Niece of the pilot, Sgt. Ronald Bramhall - dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources as shown below.

KTY - 11.11.2016 - New photo added

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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