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Information received from Iain Bramley (son of Sgt W J Bramley)
Dad's RAF record shows him as being posted to 49 Squadron on 7 July 1942 from 61 Squadron. From the Squadron Operations Record Book held at The National Archives, it shows his first mission as being on 15 August 1942 to bomb Dusseldorf in Lancaster W4113, with Sgt Gould as pilot. Dad's last mission was on 28 Feb/1 March 1943 on a bombing mission to St Nazaire in Lancaster ED 435, with Sgt Stables as pilot. On 16 April 1943, dad was posted to 19 OTU after having completed his tour of operations.
While part of the Squadron, my father married my mother on the 9th of October 1942 and I have enclosed a copy of them taken on their wedding day. My dad finished the war as a Flight Lieutenant.
The third photograph I have enclosed is a copy of some of the aircrew that dad flew with and I was told that it includes three of the crew from Lancaster ED428 ('Q' Queenie) which crashed when returning from Hamburg on 31 January 1943. I understood from my dad that he was not flying that night due to a severe head cold.
F/O Frank Ridley, Sgt James A G (known as Gerry) Browne (RAAF), F/Sgt Llewellyn (known as Llyn) Grey (RAAF) and Sgt Roy Gould.
(Identifications courtesy of Judith Nissen, Iain Bramley and Ed Norman)
The image below is a message from the crew of "Q" Queenie to Mr Mrs William Bramley on the ocassion of their wedding.
The names are believed to be: Roy Gould, Larry-Unknown, Frank Ridley, Llyn Grey, Gerry Browne and Jimmy Acker.