Sergeant Augustus Ludwig BRANDT

Service No: 402585
Born: Hamburg, Germany, 24 December 1911
Enlisted in the RAAF: 16 September 1940 (at Sydney NSW)
Unit: No. 15 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Wyton
Died: Air Operations (No. 15 Squadron Stirling aircraft W7448), North West Europe, 7 April 1942, Aged 30 Years
Buried: Kiel War Cemetery, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Ludwig Walther Brandt and Louise Brandt, of Crawley Down, Sussex, England
Roll of Honour: London, England
Remembered: Panel 119, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Stirling W7448 of No. 15 Squadron took off from Wyton on 7 April 1942 to bomb Essen, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base after the mission. Post war efforts to find the remains of the aircraft or of any member of the crew other than Sergeant Brandt were unsuccessful and they have been recorded as having no known graves.

The crew members of W7448 were:

Sergeant Augustus Ludwig Brandt (402585) (Observer)
Flight Sergeant Francis Weeks Cooper (1006147) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Reginald William Golder (407153) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Warrant Officer Thomas William Hare (R/69887) (RCAF) (Pilot)
Sergeant Edward Richard Cyril Oakley (1186110) (RAFVR) (Second Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant George Stephenson (528944) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)
Sergeant Kenneth Taylor (1105970) (RAFVR) (First Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Robert Thompson-Horan (569528) (RAF) (Flight Engineer)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/93/479

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