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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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130 Squadron Crest
25.06.1942 No. 130 Squadron Spitfire Vb BM536 Sgt. Brennan

Operation: Roadstead

Date: 25th June 1942 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 130 Squadron (Punjab)

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: BM536

Code: PJ-?

Base: RAF Perranporth, Cornwall

Location: North Atlantic off Ushant, France

Pilot: Sgt. Cyril Brennan AUS/404771 RAAF Age 23. Missing - believed killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 17:21 hrs During a 'Roadstead' escorting Hurribombers taking part in operations against German minesweepers during the late afternoon the Squadron was attacked by Fw190's from JG2. Sgt. Brennan was last seen engaging the Luftwaffe and nothing further was heard from him. It is thought that he came down some 30 miles north of Ushant.

Another 130 Squadron pilot was also lost during this operation:

18 year old, Sgt. Raymond Farmer 925408 RAFVR Flying Spitfire Vb AR294 - lost in similar circumstances.

On this day the third 1000 bomber raid took place - the allies dropping some 643 tons of high explosive bombs together with 1,210 tons of incendiary bombs on the city of Bremen.

Burial details:

Sgt. Cyril Brennan. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 112. Born on the 09th March 1919 at Brisbane, the son of Frank Cyril and Helen Borthwick Brennan, of 456 Wynnum Road, Morningside, Queensland, Australia. A Warehouse Assistant working at Butler Brothers, Creek Street, Brisbane prior to enlisting on the 08th November 1940.

Other:

Sgt. Raymond Farmer. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 82. Son of Harold and Ivy Bernice Farmer (née Gagg), of Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England. Age 18 when lost, he must have been well under age when he commenced training!

For further details our thanks to the Australian Archives and to the following sources:

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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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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