LAC Jack Bromley, Runnymede Memorial

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  1. PaulC

    PaulC Member

    Just flagging this up after a Google search, LAC Bromley is commemorated on Runnymede Memorial but may be buried as an "Unknown Airman" at Ramegnies-Chin Churchyard.

    From this website: World War 2 - RAF 53 Squadron, May/June 1940

    Type: Bristol Blenheim IV
    Serial number: L9399, PZ-?
    Operation: Reconnaissance
    Lost: 15/05/1940
    Pilot Officer (Pilot) Peter K. Bone, RAF 40795, 53 Sqdn., age 27, 15/05/1940, Templeuve Communal Cemetery, Tournai, Belgium
    Sergeant (Obs.) William J. Cronin, RAF, 365686, DFM, 53 Sqdn., age 31, 15/05/1940, Templeuve Communal Cemetery, Tournai, Belgium
    Leading Aircraftman Jack Bromley, RAF 550718, 53 Sqdn., age 20, 15/05/1940, missing (buried as 'unknown airman' in Ramegnies-Chin Churchyard, Belgium, according to Cynrick De Decker and Jean Louis Roba in 'Mei 1940 boven België'.
    Took off from Poix. Shot down by F/L Owen of 504 Squadron and crashed near Couture de Froyennes, near Tournai (Doornik).

    'At 09.00 hrs planes from 53 Squadron fly via Tournai to Dinant. British soldiers transported on the Tournai-Lille railroad see a Hurricane attacking a twin engined aircraft and shooting it down. Wildly cheering they watch this aircraft exploding in a ball of fire at Ramegnies-Chin near Couture de Froyennes.

    In the wreckage the bodies of P/O Bone and Sgt Cronin are found. A third charred body is pulled by parachute ropes out of the molten metal and buried in Ramegnies-Chin Churchyard. As combat broke out there was no time to identify him.'
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    From a family tree:
    Jack Bromley
    BIRTH 1919 • Golborne
    DEATH Unknown

    1919 • Golborne
    Baptism: 10 Sep 1919 St Thomas, Golborne, Lancashire, England Jack Bromley - Son of Fred Bromley & Ada Born: 5 Aug 1919 Abode: 60 Heath St Golborne Occupation: Colliery Clerk

    It also shows his siblings:
    Lily - 1904
    Ena - 1906
    Mabel - 1908
    Tom - 1911
    Jack - 1919

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  3. RAFCommands

    RAFCommands Senior Member

    The casualty pack for this loss has been released to The National Archives.

    Leading Aircraftman J Bromley, Sergeant W J Cronin and Pilot Officer P K Bone: report of... | The National Archives

    It was open to 1951 before being closed. This means that the Personnel file for these airmen was still getting enclosures for five years after the war end eg Missing team investigations, NoK correspondence etc.

    I suggest viewing this file to see the extent of knowledge into this case and why it was decided post war that there was still too little evidence to identify a grave.

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  4. PaulC

    PaulC Member

    Well spotted Ross, don't know when I'm next in London but I'll be sure to look up that record.
  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    panel from Runnymede attached


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