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Service No: 189159
Alfred Louis BRIAND
8th Feb 1945 - Killed (MT663)
1 burst H.A.A. hit No.3 (P/O. BRIAND), aircraft sprang glycol leak, pulled up to 6000 feet turned on back, burst into flames and crashed at G.7378. No bale out seen.
P/O A.L. BRIAND flying No.3 on one Mission was hit by the only burst of H.A.A. in the TREVISO area. Glycol streamed from his aircraft which pulled up to 6000 feet and turned on its back. Shortly, the aircraft burst into flames and went into the ground in a vertical dive. ""Dick"" Briand was not seen to bale out. No R/T. communication was effected with him and it is feared he went with his aircraft. A more determined and inspiring leader could hardly be found.