Personnel Index - Detail

First Names
Andrew Thomas
Service Number
Crew Position
Date of Death


Photographed by Malcolm Brooke

Photograph courtesy of

Debriefing the crew following a raid to Berlin on 22/23 November 1943.....their faces say a lot about the experience.
The image shows the Intelligence Officer with (L to R) F/L Andrew Lawson-Tancred, Sgt Smith (face obscured), F/Sgt Branigan (drinking), Sgt Phipps, Sgt Shaw (standing at the rear), Sgt Sullivan (wearing the red scarf) and Sgt Jerrard (smoking with back to the camera).

In PoW journals, Sgt Jerrard is described as spending most of his time reading and smoking.

49Sqn Association

14/15 January, 1944; BRUNSWICK:

Nearly 500 bombers, including 9 from 49 Squadron were monitored by the Germans shortly after leaving the English coast, en-route for Brunswick and its important aircraft component and engineering works. There was a good deal of fighter activity from the coast to the target.
The raid itself was not a success with much of the bombing falling in open country. One of the squadron's aircraft failed to return from the operation. F/Lt Andrew Tancred (JB295) and crew in R-Robert were brought down over Germany. F/Sgt Branigan the flight engineer and navigator Sgt Jerrard were the only survivors. The other crew members are buried in Hannover War Cemetery.

Lancaster JB295 (EA-R)
F/L A.T. Lawson-Tancred Pilot (Killed)
Sgt H.D. Jerrard F/E (P.o.W.)
F/S W.E. Branigan NAV (P.o.W.)
Sgt T.J. Smith W/AG (Killed)
Sgt R. Phipps A/G (Killed)
Sgt D.H. Shaw B/A (Killed)
Sgt E.T.E. Sullivan A/G (Killed)

Crew on their 8th operation

The Roll of Honour of Winchester College includes a page dedicated to Andrew Lawson-Tancred (opens in a new window)