Flight Lieutenant Donald Ernest Braybrook RAFVR DFC

  

Born: 18 Jun 1922 Wellingborough 3b 202

Died cFeb 2003 Kettering A66D 144

 

Service Career:

Event

Wef

London Gazette

Date

Issue

Page

LAC to Pilot Officer

18 Dec 1942

16 Mar 1943

35940

1249

Promoted Flying Officer (probation)

18 Jun 1943

20 Jul 1943

36104

3332

Awarded DFC                 (12 Sqn)

 

11 Feb 1944

36374

739

Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant (WS)

18 Dec 1944

02 Jan 1945

36878

223

 

Awarded DFC London Gazette 11 Feb 1944 no citation

 

 

From 12 Squadron Ops Log 

9 July 1943
COLOGNE

282 Lancasters and 6 Mosquitoes of 1, 5 and 8 Groups. 7 Lancasters lost, 2.5% of the force. Oboe sky-marking was accurate and another heavy blow for Cologne followed. A total of 350,000 people were bombed out during this series of 3 raids in 1 week.

 

12 Squadron losses - 0

 

F/O SNELL, (CAPT)
SGT ALDRITT, J. (NAV)
SGT COPPING, I.J. (W/T)
P/O BRAYBROOK, D.E. (B/A)
SGT HEATH, L.W. (F/E)
SGT BENNETT, R.J. (M/U)
SGT MATTHEWS, I (R/G)

"

2315

0419

Load 1x4000 lb. HCNI. 2x1000 lb. MC. 1x1000 lb. MCLD. 570x4 lb. 30x4 lb. 'x' 48x30 lb. inc. 10/10 cloud. Green tracking flares Red/Green R.P. flares. (2) Big explosions and reflection of many fires, nickels dropped. "A very good trip".