Flight Sergeant Hugh Rowell BRODIE

Service No: 400524
Born: Melbourne VIC, 19 February 1912
Enlisted in the RAAF: 15 September 1940
Unit: No. 460 Squadron, RAF Breighton, Yorkshire
Died: Air Operations: (No. 460 Squadron Wellington aircraft Z1249), Germany, 3 June 1942, Aged 30 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John G. and Helen Louise Brodie. B.A., B.Ed. (Melbourne).
Roll of Honour: Melbourne VIC
Remembered: Panel 111, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 107, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Date: 2-3 June 1942
Target: Essen
Total Force: Dispatched – 195, Attacking – 144
RAAF Force: No. 460 Dispatched – 10, Attacking – 10
Tons of Bombs Dropped: 309
Total Aircraft Lost: 13
RAAF Aircraft Lost: No. 460 – 2

On 2-3 June a normal-sized attack was projected, again using the illuminating technique. This time the flares were very helpful (when compared with the previous raid on 1-2 June) in bringing the bomber stream over the target, and most of the crews were satisfied that their bombs dropped on built-up areas, even though the prevalent haze prevented them from identifying Krupps.

Extracts from Herington, J. (John) (406545) Air War Against Germany and Italy 1939-1943, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1954 – Pages 323, 325

Wellington Z1249 took off from RAF Breighton at 2230 hours on 2 June 1942 to attack
Essen, Germany. The bomb load was 720 x 4 lb (pound) (2 kg) incendiaries. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base. It was established post war that the aircraft was shot down at 0140 hours on 3 June 1942 at Deulken near the town of Muenchen Gladbach, about 20 miles west of Dusseldorf. The aircraft exploded and wreckage was scattered over a wide area. All the crew members were killed instantly. German documents revealed that they removed the remains of the crew for burial, but a post war search for their graves was unsuccessful.

The crew members of Z1249 were:

Flight Sergeant Hugh Rowell Brodie (400524) (Observer)
Sergeant James Albert Gaiter (405020) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Solomon Levitus (402910) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Robert George Dunlop Read (R/69516) (RCAF) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Thomas Gordon Prentis Townsend (1051659) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)

No. 460 Squadron lost Wellington Z 1394 (Flying Officer John Walter Keene (402742) (Pilot) on 3 June 1944.


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 A9301, 400524


Firkins, P. C. (Peter Charles) (441386) Strike and Return, Westward Ho Publishing City Beach WA, 1985

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