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105 Squadron Mosquito XVI MM152 Fl/Lt. James Gladstone Brass

Operation: Bielefeld

Date: 11th December 1944 (Monday)

Unit: No. 105 Squadron. 8 Group (motto: Fortis in Proeliis - 'Valiant in battles')

Type: Mosquito XVI

Serial: MM152

Code: GB-?

Base: RAF Bourne, Cambridgeshire

Location: Lonholes Stud, Cheveley, Newmarket, Suffolk

Pilot: Fl/Lt. James Gladstone Brass R/109224 J/1049 RCAF Age 27. Killed

Nav: F/O. Dennis Arthur Field 155125 RAFVR Age 23. Killed


Weather; Showers, visibility; 3,500 yards, 8/10 Stratocumulus cloud, south westerly wind of 5 - 10 mph.

Taking off at 17:35 with seven others. During the return trip with flak damage and suffering from an engine failure crashed into a small hill at 20:32 hrs.

The remaining seven landed safely by 20:59 hrs.

Burial and other details:

Fl/Lt. James Gladstone Brass. Brookwood Military Cemetery . Grave 56.A.2 Born on the 12th July 1917 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Son of William Ewart Gladstonre Brass (died 1953, age 65) and Sarah Evelyn Brass (née Bestford - died 1978, age 80) , of 1115 - 8th Avenue West, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Stepfather Andrew Burton Gabbie. Brother of William Arthur Brass (died 11th October 1951, age 35), Lydia Mary Colbrook, Margaret Maude Brass. Epitah: 'Never Shall The One We Love From Our Memory Pass Away'.

F/O. Dennis Arthur Field. Coventry (London Road) Cemetery Square 311. Grave 135, Born in March 1923. Son of son of John and Hannah Field and husband of Gwyneth Eileen Field (née Llewellyn). of Coventry. Epitaph: 'In Loving Memory Of Dennis, Resting Where No Shadows Fall'.
Medals; 1939-1945 Star; Air Crew Europe Star; War Medal 1939-45, sold together with a named and addressed box of issue to 'Mrs G. E. Field.', extremely fine. Sold at Spinks Auctioneers for £320.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to the National Archive Kew, AIR-27-827-47/48, Government of Canada WW2 Service records. Paradie RCAF Archives.

KTY 25-04-2024

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