Pilot Officer Kenneth Edward BRYAN

Service No: 410529
Born: Camberwell VIC, 13 July 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 30 January 1942
Unit: No. 514 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Waterbeach
Died: Air Operations: (No. 514 Squadron Lancaster aircraft DS822), France, 8 June 1944, Aged 21 Years
Buried: La Celle-les-Bordes Communal Cemetery, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Ronald Ernest and Mamie Albertha Bryan, of Geelong East, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Geelong VIC
Remembered: Panel 119, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 0037 hours on the morning of 8 June 1944, Lancaster DS822 took off from Waterbeach detailed to bomb rail facilities at Massy-Palaiseau, France. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it failed to return to base. The aircraft crashed at la Celle-les-Bordes (Yvelines), 11 kms east south east from Ramboullet, France. Three of the crew members were killed and the others were PoWs or evaded capture.

The crew members of DS822 were:

Pilot Officer Kenneth Edward Bryan (410529) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant John George Shepherd Boanson (1873573) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Sergeant J Clarke (1581581) (RAF) (Flight Engineer) PoW
Warrant Officer Archibald Norman Durham (413305) (Navigator) Evaded capture, Discharged from the RAAF: 4 October 1945
Flight Sergeant Robert Calder Guy (1565396) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)
Pilot Officer L W C Lewis (173383) (RAF) (Air Bomber) PoW
Pilot Officer W L McGown (174120) (RAFVR) (Pilot) Evaded capture


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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A 705, 166/6/563

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