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Braithwaite, James E (First Lieutenant)

Prisoner of War 1944-June-01

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Birth Date: unkown date (age unknown)

622 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Bellamus Noctu We wage war by night
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Took off from Mildenhall at 23:41 in Lancaster Mk I (Sqn code: GI-H Bomber Command) on an operation to the railway yards at Trappes France.

Crashed in wooded countryside near Poigny-la-Foret in (Yvelines) 6 km NW of Rambouillet. France

Killed: Flight Sergeant Douglas Paul Bernhardt RCAF R/183965 KIA Poigny-La-Foret Communal Cemetery Joint grave. Sergeant Anthony Charles Connor RAF KIA Villeneuve-St. Georges Old Communal Cemetery Grave 133. WO Samuel Norris RAF KIA Poigny-La-Foret Communal Cemetery Joint grave.

POWs includes Braithwaite: Sergeant Thomas Henry Cloran RAF POW Stalag Luft L7 Bankau near Kreuzburg, Upper Silesia.

Evader: Flight Sergeant R Davidson RAF Evader. Sergeant T P Starling RCAF R/159985 Evader. Flight Sergeant T P Sterling RCAF R/159985 Evader.

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Lancaster LL782

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Avro Lancaster Mk. X RCAF Serial FM 213
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The Avro Lancaster is a British Second World War heavy bomber. It was designed and manufactured by Avro as a contemporary of the Handley Page Halifax, both bombers having been developed to the same specification, as well as the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers adopted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the same wartime era.

The Lancaster has its origins in the twin-engine Avro Manchester which had been developed during the late 1930s in response to the Air Ministry Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use". Originally developed as an evolution of the Manchester (which had proved troublesome in service and was retired in 1942), the Lancaster was designed by Roy Chadwick and powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlins and in one version, Bristol Hercules engines. It first saw service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the main aircraft for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed. As increasing numbers of the type were produced, it became the principal heavy bomber used by the RAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF, overshadowing the Halifax and Stirling. Wikipedia

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Lancaster Mk.I LL782

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Delivered to No. 622 Sqn 21 Jan 1944. Missing on attack on Trappes 31 May/1 Jun 1944. 191 operational hours.

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