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414 Squadron Crest
18.06.1944 No. 414 Squadron Mustang I AM251 RU-O Fl/Lt. Roger A. Bromley

Operation: Tac/R (Tactical Reconnaissance)

Date: 18th June 1944 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 414 Squadron RCAF

Type: Mustang I

Serial: AM251

Code: RU-O

Base: B2 Airfield, France.

Location: Le Bény-Bocage, France

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Roger Arthur Bromley J/11565 RCAF Age 21. Killed


We understand, from a contact in France, that a ceremony will take place on the 12/13th August 2014 - we would appreciate any contact from relatives to inform them of the details.


REASON FOR LOSS:

Taken from the 414 Squadron O.R.B's:

Took off at 16.55hrs. During the day 27 Tac/R's were carried out over Normandy. Weather was good until the evening when it became quite dusky. During the late evening the Squadron learned that Fl/Lt Mackelvie (In Mustang AM220) and F/O. Bromley had not returned and that they were lost over the Le Beney Bocage area.

                           

21 year old Canadian Fl/Lt. Roger Arthur Bromley of St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada. (courtesy Christopher Clarke and Brenda Burroughs)

Later it was learned that they had been shot down by JG26.

414 Squadron Mustang I AM251 (courtesy Christopher Clarke and Brenda Burroughs)

The Village Hall (courtesy Jean-Pierre Ruault)

Burial Details:

Fl/Lt. Roger Arthur Bromley. St. Pierre-D'Entremont Communal Cemetery. From St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada. NoK details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to Mr Christopher Clarke in Canada and also the daughter of George Burroughs for the supply of information and photographs. Assistance also provided by Jean-Pierre Ruault from France. Thanks also to Fred Paradie - 'Paradie Archive'.

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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