Sergeant Percivald Brazier -  115 Squadron  
   

Sergeant Percy Brazier - RCAF

 

 Sergeant Percy Brazier was serving as Bomb Aimer on board Wellington IC X9873 coded KO-P during an operation to bomb the railway yards at Vohwinkel Ruhr, Germany on the night October 31, 1941. The aircraft left Marham at 1750hrs and was attacked by a night-fighter (Ofw Paul Gildner) crash landing onto tidal flats on the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog. The crew were taken captive and became prisoner of war in various camps.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

W/O John W.B.Snowden

RAFVR

Pilot

Sgt Herbert.E.Woolley

RCAF

2nd Pilot

Sgt Bill Robinson

RAFVR

Navigator

Sgt Percy Brazier

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

Sgt Alan.W.Clarke

RCAF

W/Op/AG

F/Sgt Peter.J.C.Darvill

RAFVR

Air Gunner

 Percy Brazier was the son of William and Agnes Brazier of Front Street, Bracebridge, Ontario. He had seven other brothers, all but one in the armed forces, Charles (427 squadron RCAF), Robert (served in the Devils Brigade, a Joint Canadian/US/ commando unit in Italy), George (Army), Victor (Irish Regiment), Edward (Army) and William ("Buzz", air gunner,422 Squadron RCAF).

 W/O Snowden was a senior NCO pilot whose career is believed to have started in the 1920ís.

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Tribute to remarkable service.

 

 Sergeant Herbert "Ted" Woolley wrote "No time off for good behaviour", an account of the mission, the ditching of the aircraft and of his time as a POW in Camp VIIIB at Lamsdorf and also Stalag Luft III.

Photos  courtesy of Rod Brazier, research by Linda Ibrom.