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Brimont Churchyard

Location

Brimont is a village and commune 52 kilometres to the north-west of Chalons-en-Champagne and 10 kilometres north of Reims. The church is in the centre of the village, and the Commonwealth war graves are on the west side of the churchyard.

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Brimont Church

 

Historical Information

When Germany invaded France early in May 1940, the British Expeditionary Force had already been established there for some time. Between their dramatic evacuation a few weeks later and the Normandy landings of June 1944, Commonwealth forces activity in France was limited to coastal raids and special operations.

Most of the Second World War Commonwealth cemeteries are situated in the coastal areas of northern France, but graves will also be found in communal cemeteries and churchyards all over the country, many being those of Commonwealth airmen who failed to return from missions over northern Europe.

Brimont Churchyard contains the graves of seven Commonwealth airmen of the Second World War.

Brimont Churchyard

 

The seven burials here are a crew from an Avro Lancaster W4854 of 156 Squadron Royal Air Force from RAF Warboy. On a mission over Plzen in the Czech Republic their aircraft was brought down by Flak at Brimont. Of the ten aircraft that took off on the 16th April they and one other Lancaster failed to return.


Patrick Brougham-Faddy

Sergeant (Flight Engineer)
Patrick Brougham-Faddy 577758
156 Sqdn Royal Air Force
Died on 17th April 1943 aged 18
Son of Langston and Doris Brougham-Faddy
of West Ealing, Middlesex.

Grave: 1

One of the youngest casualties from Bomber Command in 1943.


Bernard Gooding

Sergeant (Navigator (Bomber))
Bernard Gooding 1331855
156 Sqdn Royal Air Force VR
Died on 17th April 1943 aged 20
Son of Bernard and Carrie Gooding
Husband of Beryl Gooding
of Staines, Middlesex.

Grave: 2


Frederick Smith

Pilot Officer (Wireless Op./Air Gunner)
Frederick Smith 138424 DFM
156 Sqdn Royal Air Force VR
Died on 17th April 1943 aged 25
Son of Frank and Jane Smith
of Stretton, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Grave: 3


Harald Andersen DFC

Pilot Officer (Pilot)
Harald Andersen DFC 143758
156 Sqdn Royal Air Force VR
Died on 17th April 1943 aged 21
Son of Jacob and Ethel Andersen
of East Challow, Wantage, Berkshire.

Grave: 4


Kenneth Bordycott

Pilot Officer (Navigator)
Kenneth Bordycott 139927 DFC DFM
156 Sqdn Royal Air Force VR
Died on 17th April 1943 aged 22
Son of Frederick and Countciletta Bordycott
of Shirley, Southampton.

Grave: 5


John Stephens

Sergeant (Air Gunner)
John Stephens 1585561
156 Sqdn Royal Air Force VR
Died on 17th April 1943 aged 19
Son of John and Annie Stephens
of Dagenham, Essex.

Grave: 6


William Woolnough

Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner)
William Woolnough 519840
156 Sqdn Royal Air Force
Died on 17th April 1943

Grave: 7

 

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