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Bray, James (Sergeant)

Evader 1944-July-13

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Birth Date: 1925-June-25 (age 19)

Home: Montreal, QC

44 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Fulmina Regis Lusta The king's thunderbolts are righteous
RAF Dunholme Lodge
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Air Gunner (Mid-Upper)
Service Numbers

Lancaster Mk.I/III LM638

Bombing Culmont Chalindrey France 1944-July-12 to 1944-July-13

44 (B) Sqn (RAF) RAF Dunholme Lodge

378 Lancasters and 7 Mosquitoes of 1, 5 and 8 Groups attacked railway targets at Culmont, Revigny and Tours. Culmont and Tours were accurately bombed but cloud interfered with the all- 1 Group raid at Revigny and only half of the forceĀ· bombed. I0 Lancasters were lost on the Revigny raid and 2 on the Culmont raid.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Lancaster III aircraft LM 638 KM-P returning from an operation to bomb the railway junction at Culmont-Chalindrey, France, was involved in a mid-air collision with 576 Squadron RAF Lancaster ND 859 UL-L2, which was circling in cloud trying to find another railyard at Revigny-sur-Ornain, France. Both aircraft were on missions in support of the D-Day landings, an attempt stop German troop and equipment movement on the French rail system

Lancaster LM 638 crashed near Auberive, Haute-Marne and ND 859 crashed at Giey-sur-Aujon, Haute-Marne, France

WO HL Brooks MC (RCAF) Sergeant RG Royle (RAF) survived and were taken as Prisoners of War.Warrant Officer Brooks would later escape from a POW work party 1943-05-10 and join the Polish underground for the duration of the war

Sergeant KW Green (RAF) survived and initially Evaded until captured at the Swiss border 1944-08-17 and taken Prisoner of War

Flying Officer RS Arnold (RCAF), Sergeant J Bray (RCAF),Sergeant WA Lamb (RCAF) and Sergeant L Wharton (RAF) survived and Evaded capture. Arnold, Lamb and Wharton all joined the Resistance movement until liberated by Allied Forces

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Lancaster LM638

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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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