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Robert Jack Braddock

A commemoration in Plougoumelen, a small village in Brittany, the west part of France. Two soldiers in this cemetery are from New Zealand - Warrant Officer Robert Jack Braddock and Pilot Officer Henare Whakatau Uru.

Grave of Warrant Officer Robert Jack Braddock

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    Robert Jack AWMM
  • Surname
    Braddock AWMM
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    • NZ416081 AWMM
    • WWII 416081 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    22 February 1918 Noel Smith Research Project
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    Europe (Air) AWMM
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    Air Force AWMM
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    • NZ416081 AWMM
    • WWII 416081 AWMM
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    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

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    • Robert Braddock was the son of Alfred and Annie Maud Braddock, of Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. AWMM
    • Reason for Aircraft/crew loss :

      5/6 August 1944.
      Operation Code-Name : Special Operations 'Ian 7'
      RAF Unit : 299 (Special Operations) Squadron, 38 Group.
      RAF Base : Keevil, Wiltshire, England.
      Aircraft type and Call Signs: Short Stirling IV LJ878 5G-T.

      3 Short Stirling aircraft - from 299 (Special Operations) Squadron - based at RAF Base Keevil, Wiltshire, England - were detailed to drop several containers of equipment to the French Special Air Service - and the French Resistance - in the Baden area of France.
      Stirling LJ878 - piloted by New Zealander Pilot Officer Henare Uru - left RAF Base Keevil, Wiltshire, England - at 23:00 hours. Two other Stirlings - on the same mission also left RAF Base Keevil - one at 23:38 hours (piloted Flight Lieutenant Taylor) and 22:44 hours (Pilot Officer Tevell).
      On arrival over the drop zone at France LJ878 was circling the area looking for the rendezvous lights (signal lights from French Resistance fighters on the ground) - when LJ878 was hit by German anti-aircraft fire. LJ878 was badly damaged and crashed into the Village of Plougoumelen - killing all 6 Allied air-men aboard - as well as 3 French civilians on the ground.
      In 1945 the full facts - of the loss of LJ878 and her 6 air-crew - were discovered by the No 1 Missing Research Enquiry Unit - and the findings were sent to the relatives of the crew.
      Over 1,000 local French inhabitants, of Plougoumelen, attended the funeral of the 6 Allied air-men, a full service was provided and all the 6 coffins were covered in flowers.

      The 6 crew of Stirling LJ878 were -
      1. Pilot Officer Henare W. Uru - RNZAF NZ/39589 (aged 23 years - killed).
      2. Navigator Robert J. Braddock - RNZAF NZ416081 (aged 26 years - killed).
      3. Flight Engineer Alfred A. Hull RAF (England) RAF # 1588979 (aged 20 years - killed).
      4. Air Bombdr Flight Sergeant Leonard A. Eunson RAAF (Australia) # 410536 (aged 24 years - killed).
      5. Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Pilot Officer Walter N. Irving RCAF (Canada) # J/87928 (aged 26 years - killed).
      6. Air Gunner/Warrant Officer Gordon F. Harrison RCAF (Canada) # R/112810 (aged 24 years - killed). Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 12 June 2019 - Reference : (England) : Stirling IVLJ878 5G-T/ Uru Henare W. Pilot Officer.
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    6 August 1944 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    Europe AWMM
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    Plougoumelen Communal Cemetery, Morbihan, France AWMM Coll. grave. AWMM
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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
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  • Documents
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM


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12 June 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher
11 May 2017Bernard FranceOther

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