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23.08.1942 No. 164 Squadron Spitfire Va P9563 P/O. David Bruce Bridger

Operation: Patrol

Date: 23rd August 1942

Unit: No. 164 Squadron

Type: Spitfire Va

Serial: P9563

Base: RAF Skeabrae

Location: Skeabrae face, Orkney Isles.

Pilot: P/O. David Bruce Bridger 118156 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Stalled off a turn and crashed into the ground at Skeabrae face.

This aircraft served in the Battle of Britain with 64 Squadron as SH-R and crash landed near Harrington during a routine patrol at 08:20 hrs. The pilot Sgt David Lloyd (1) was unhurt and the aircraft repaired (Cat C3)

P/O. David Bruce Bridger (courtesy Alan Scheckenbach)


164 Squadron on a short detachment at Tangmere 1942

(1) P/O. David Edward Lloyd was later killed on the 17th March 1942 - at this time a pilot instructor.

Left and above Sandwick Cemetery


Burial Details:

P/O. David Bruce Bridger. Sandwick Cemetery, Orkney, Sec N. Grave 55. Son of Alexander George and Adeline Bruce Bridger, of Lomas de Zamora, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Grave inscription reads: "God Has Saved From Weary Strife, In It's Dawn, This Fresh Young Life".

Researched for family of P/O. Bridger, with thanks to Alan Scheckenbach and sources as shown.


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', 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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