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Crew 30, Pilot Rex Burnett Breusch– 462 Squadron RAAF

 

Charles Bernard King, Glenister, F Hallsworth, Reynolds, S J Oates, Les Pedley, Rex Burnett Breusch, 462 Squadron Driffield, later 466 Squadron.
From the 466-462 Squadrons Association, Sydney

 

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Crew 30 – 462 Squadron, Driffield.

In September 1944, after just 2 weeks with 462 Squadron, Driffield, this crew was re-posted TO 466 Squadron, Driffield. The photo at left, labelled as Crew 160 of 466 Squadron, was taken outside the Respirator Workshop, Driffield, during the winter of 1944-1945. It was supplied by the 466-462 Squadrons Association, Sydney, via John McManus.

Photo as originally captioned – back, left to right:
Wireless Operator F/Sgt King; Rear Gunner Sgt Glenister;
Mid-Upper Gunner Sgt Hallsworth; Flight Engineer Reynolds; Flight Engineer Sgt Oates; (both F/Engineers had flown with this crew);.
Front, left to right: Bomb Aimer F/Sgt Pedley; Pilot/Captain F/Lt Breusch. (Names in bold font were original members of the crew)
Not included – the original Navigator, F/Sgt Godwin;
not included – the original Rear Gunner, Sgt Higgison.

At 462 Squadron the members of Crew 30 were:
Pilot/Captain P/O R B Breusch; Bomb Aimer Sgt L Pedley,
Navigator F/Sgt B F P Godwin; Wireless Operator F/Sgt C B King, Rear Gunner Sgt J L Higgison, Mid-Upper Gunner Sgt F Hallsworth, Flight Engineer Sgt S J Oates.

Links to other crew members; Additional Crew information;
Ops at 462 Squadron; Ops and info at 466 Squadron;
Honours and Awards.

Reference sources – Australian WW2 Nominal Roll; The National Archives of Australia (Service Files, 462 Squadron Operational Record Book); TNA UK; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; various books as noted in the text.

 

Pilot

Name:Rex Burnett BREUSCH
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 426032
Date of Birth: 19 April 1917
Place of Birth: Bundaberg, Queensland
Date of Enlistment: 23 May 1942
Place of Enlistment: Brisbane, Qld
Next of Kin: James BREUSCH
Date of Discharge: 14 December 1945
Rank at Discharge: Flight Lieutenant
Posting at Discharge: 466 Squadron
Honours and Gallantry: Distinguished Flying Cross
Prisoner of War: No

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Bomb Aimer

Name: L PEDLEY (Les)
Service: Royal Air Force (VR?)
Service Number: 1621164
Date of Birth: .......
Place of Birth: ......
Date of Enlistment: ....
Place of Enlistment: .......
Next of Kin: .....

Date of Discharge: .....
Rank at Discharge: .....
Posting at Discharge: .....
Honours and Gallantry: Distinguished Flying Cross
Prisoner of War: No

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Navigator

Name: Bernard Francis Percival GODWIN
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 23242
Date of Birth: 5 December 1918
Place of Birth: Brisbane, Qld
Date of Enlistment: 7 August 1940
Place of Enlistment: Brisbane, Qld
Next of Kin: W Godwin
Date of Discharge: 24 September 1945
Rank at Discharge: Flying Officer
Posting at Discharge: 1652 HCU
Honours and Gallantry: Distinguished Flying Cross
Prisoner of War: No

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Wireless Operator

Name: Charles Bernard KING
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 425944
Date of Birth: 15 October 1921
Place of Birth: Brisbane, Qld
Date of Enlistment: 21 May 1942
Place of Enlistment: Brisbane, Qld
Next of Kin: Velma KING
Date of Discharge: 29 August 1945
Rank at Discharge: Flying Officer
Posting at Discharge: Transport Command
Honours and Gallantry: Nil
Prisoner of War: No

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Rear Gunner

Name: James Lugton HIGGISON (Jimmy)
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Number: 1595916
Date of Birth: .......
Place of Birth: ......
Date of Enlistment: ....
Place of Enlistment: .......
Next of Kin: .....

Date of Death: 06 October 1944
Rank at Death: Sergeant
Posting at Death: 466 Squadron, Driffield

Grave reference: Sect E, Grave Number 4771
Cemetery: Riddrie Park Cemetery, Glasgow, Scotland
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Mid-Upper Gunner

Name: F HALLSWORTH
Service: Royal Air Force (VR?)
Service Number: 1534685
Date of Birth: .......
Place of Birth: ......
Date of Enlistment: ....
Place of Enlistment: .......
Next of Kin: .....
Date of Discharge: .....
Rank at Discharge: .....
Posting at Discharge: .....
Honours and Gallantry: .....
Prisoner of War: No

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Flight Engineer

Name: S J OATES
Service: Royal Air Force (VR?)
Service Number: 1386333
Date of Birth: .......
Place of Birth: ......
Date of Enlistment: ....
Place of Enlistment: .......
Next of Kin: .....
Date of Discharge: .....
Rank at Discharge: .....
Posting at Discharge: .....
Honours and Gallantry: .....
Prisoner of War: No

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Rear Gunner Sgt W A (or W H) GLENISTER 1838867 RAF (VR?) of 462 Squadron, was left crewless after Pilot Black and Crew 25 failed to return from an Op on 09 October 1944. Glenister had been substituted by P/O W S Shoemaker on that Op. One crew member was an Evader, but six of the crew were captured as PoWs. Glenister was incorrectly "Posted Non-Effective Missing" in the October 1944 ORB, Form 540. There is no record of Glenister's posting FROM 462 Squadron, but neither are there any later Ops recorded for him.
Is he the same Sgt Glenister in the Breusch crew photo at 466 Sqdn?
and/or Sgt W A Glennister in the Breusch Crew in Brave & True?

Flight Engineer Sgt C J (or G J or E J) Reynolds 1169328 RAF (VR?) was the Flight Engineer for Pilot Triggs and Crew 35, of 462 Squadron. That crew was split up after 06 November 1944, and the Pilot Triggs, Nav Worrall and Bomb Aimer Revell posted FROM 462 in December 1944. There is no record of Reynolds being posted FROM 462 Sqdn.
Is he the same Sgt Reynolds in the Breusch Crew photo at 466 Sqdn?
and/or Sgt C S Reynolds in the Breusch Crew in Brave & True?
A comparison of the Breusch crew photo with the Triggs crew photo indicates that the Reynolds in each, is probably the same person.

Navigator P/O K A WORRALL 423969 RAAF, of Hourigan Crew 33 and Triggs Crew 35, was posted FROM 462 Sqdn in December 1944.
Is he the same P/O K A Worrall in the Breusch Crew in Brave & True?
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Additional Crew information
The crew was was Posted TO 462 Squadron in early September 1944, from 1652 HCU Marston Moor, however their names were not included in the September ORB, Form 540 Personnel "Postings TO" the Squadron.

Referring to the NAA Service File for Godwin – he was "Attached" to 462 Squadron from 04 to 19 September 1944. A Posting to 462 Squadron on 4 Sept was crossed out and marked "Cancelled". Other documents record his posting to 466 Sqdn on 04 September.
Referring to the NAA Service File for King – he was also posted to 462 Squadron on 04 September, but with a similar cancellation; and re-posting to 466 Sqdn on the same date; his file also records an "Attachment" to 462 Sqn from 04 to 19 September 1944.
Britt's NAA Service File is not yet digitised, and the RAF files for the other members of the crew are not available, however it could be assumed that the same details apply to all members of this crew.

09 September 1944 – First Op for Breusch as 2nd Pilot
10 September 1944 – First Op for Breusch, with his usual Crew
17 September 1944 – Last Op at 462 Squadron

After just 2 weeks with 462 Squadron, this crew transferred TO 466 Squadron on 19 September 1944, however, similar to their unrecorded arrival, their departure and cessation of "Attachment" was not included in the September ORB, Form 540 Personnel "Postings FROM".

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Ops at 462 Squadron – sourced from the 462 Squadron ORB, Form 541 "Details of Work Carried Out"

The following table lists the 5 Ops for Breusch – 1 as 2nd Pilot, and 4 with his crew (with no substitutions); one Op abandoned by Master Bomber; one early return which would not have been included in Ops tally; no other incidents.

Date Op No A/c Serial Code Z5- Up Down Target Op Type Comments
09/09/1944 1 MZ341 G 0630 1029 Le Havre Bombing

Breusch as 2nd Pilot for Wilson and crew 22;
1 of 12 aircraft detailed from 462 Sqdn;
abandoned by Master Bomber due to 10/10th cloud cover over target; bombs jettisoned from 12,000 ft, at 0836;
Photographic Report – Nil

10/09/1944   LL604 D 1442 1610 Le Havre Bombing 1 of 16 aircraft detailed from 462 Sqdn;
Early return due to hydraulic defect;
all bombs jettisoned from 4,000 ft, at 1520 hrs;
Photographic Report – Nil
Op not counted in Ops tally
13/09/1944 2 LL604 D 1546 2106 Gelsenkirchen (Nordstern) Bombing 1 of 15 aircraft detailed from 462 Sqdn;
bombed primary target from 17,000 ft, at 1832 hrs;
Photographic Report of target area.
15/09/1944 3 LL604 D 2239 0435 Kiel Bombing 1 of 15 aircraft were detailed from 462 Sqdn;
bombed primary target from 18,000 ft, at 0121½ hrs;
Photographic Report of a few incendiary tracks
17/09/1944 4 LL604 D 0652 1036 Bolougne
(sic, Boulogne?)
Bombing

1 of 13 aircraft detailed from 462 Sqdn;
bombed primary target from 9,000 ft, at 0850½ hrs;
Photographic Report of target area.

MZ341 Z5-G as recorded in the ORB, later designated Z5-P, photos on Halifax page
LL604 Z5-D was lost on 09 October 1944, Black and Crew 25, target Bochum, 4 PoWs, and 3 Evaders.
F/O Black and crew had also flown in that aircraft for 6 of their 7 Ops in September and October 1944.

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Ops and crew details at 466 Squadron – sourced from "Brave & True", 2nd Edition, 2007, page 148.

Breusch and Crew 160, of 466 Squadron – carried out a further 34 Ops.
Of the crew listed, R/AG Parry, F/Eng Todd, F/Eng Copeland were not previously in 462 Squadron.
See previous section with comments regarding Nav Worrall, R/AG Glennister/Glenister, and F/Eng Reynolds.

Rex Burnett Breusch and Crew of 466 Squadron, previously 462 Squadron, Driffield.

30 September 1944 – First Op B149 at 466 Sqdn, target Bottrop
06 October 1944 – 2nd Op B150 Halifax "V" target Sterkrade – R/AG Higgison KIA.
In Brave and True, page 308, Bomb Aimer Les Pedley has recorded information about that raid on Sterkrade, and of the death of his crew mate. He finished with the words "the memory stays with me always". Jimmy's body was taken to Glasgow for burial at Riddrie Park Cemetery.

Godwin was posted FROM 466 Squadron TO 1652 HCU, Marston Moor on 15 April 1945 for Instructor's Duties.
and King was posted FROM 466 Squadron TO 1 (O) AFU on 25 April 1945.

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Honours and Awards

Pilot Breusch and Navigator Godwin were each awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross.
Bomb Aimer Pedley was awarded Distinguished Flying Medal.

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