Colin Arthur BRADFORD

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BRADFORD, Colin Arthur

Service Number: 414754
Enlisted: 9 November 1941, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: Operational and Refresher Training (RAF)
Born: Southport, Queensland, 25 September 1922
Home Town: Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Accidental, Oxford, England, 14 March 1944, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Oxford (Botley) Cemetery
Plot. I/2. Grave No. 178A
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

9 Nov 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 414754, Brisbane, Queensland
10 Nov 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 414754
14 Mar 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 414754, Operational and Refresher Training (RAF), Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

'Sgt. Pilot Bradford Killed.

Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Bradford have received the sad news of the death of their son, Sgt. Pilot Colin, overseas, in an aircraft accident, on the night of March 14th. Sgt. Pilot Colin Bradford, who was 21 years of age, enlisted in July, 1941, and was called up in November of the same year. After preliminary training at Sandgate he went to Narromine, N.S.W., where he qualified as a sergeant pilot. He left for England in February, 1943, and there, as a member of the Bomber Command, he flew in different types of planes and bombers and eventually, was attached to the Tactical Air Force and was a pilot of a Sterling bomber.

A native of Southport, be received his primary education at the Southport State and High schools after which he secured an appointment in the chief mechanical engineer's office, Queensland Railways, and was so engaged when he enlisted.

Deep sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives but they have the consolation that their son died in the service of his country. The flag at the Town Hall was flown at half-mast on Monday as a token of respect.' from South Coast Bulletin 22 Mar 1944 (nla.gov.au)

'ROLL OF HONOUR.

BRADFORD.– A loving tribute to the memory of our dearly beloved Son and elder Brother. Flt./Sgt. (Pilot) Colin Arthur Bradford. R.A.A.F., who, along with his Gallant Crew, paid the Supreme Sacriflce on the night of March 14th. 1944, whilst flying a Special Mission, and was interred in the R.A.A.F. Regional Cemetery, Oxlord, England, on March 20th, aged 21 years.' from The Courier-Mail 14 Mar 1945 (nla.gov.au)

 

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