Operation: Patrol (Bomber Support)
Date: 16/17th April 1945 (Monday/Tuesday)
Unit: No. 239 Squadron
Type: Mosquito NF-30
Base: Brussels - Melsbroek B.58 (Advanced landing ground)
Location: Base - Melsbroek, Belgium.
Pilot: F/O. John Hutton Bridekirk AUS/33404 RAAF Severly Injured
Nav: Fl/Lt. Terence Gilronan Glasheen AUS/413984 RAAF Injured
We would like Helen Glen to contact us as her email address we have on file is no longer valid and we have been contacted by a former pilot who knew Ross Leake very well and would like to make contact with you
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 02.03 hrs to patrol over Prague but crashed almost immediately and burst into flames. The pilot F/O. Bridekirk was trapped in his seat and was saved by his navigator Fl/Lt. Glasheen who dragged the pilot clear.
F/O. Bridekirk was treated at No. 8 RAF general hospital for severe leg injuries (leg severed) whilst Fl/Lt. Glasheen received treatment at SSQ. (Station Sick Quarters) Melsbroek for severe shock and burns to his hands and arms.
F/O. Bridekirk and right prior to leaving Manly NSW with his fathers car ( courtesy of Helen Glen, niece of John)
With thanks to Bill Chorley - "Bomber Command Losses Vol. 6" and to Helen Glen for sending me these photographs.
181 Squadron Typhoon in a camouflaged hanger at Melsbroek B.58 (Advanced landing ground) 1944 (IWM)