BRETHERTON, Bruce Albert


rank: F/L
status: survived
airforce: RAAF    (no: 035545 )
born: 1922-08-26 Australia

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Flight Lieutenant Bruce Albert Bretherton DFC, RAAF Pilot, 1941 - 1945. Flew Lockheed Hudsons in 267 squadron RAF August 1942 - March 1943 near Cairo, carrying petrol and passengers to various locations. Flew Hurricanes & Spitfires in 73 squadron. 2nd tour of operations March 1943 - January 1944 part of convoy patrols in Italy. Flew Beaufighters in 255 squadron RAF 3rd tour of operations January 1944 - August 1944 carrying out strafing raids in Yugoslavia.

Returned to Australia November 1944.


Squadrons add
RAF 267 1942-08-01
RAF 73 1943-03-01
RAF 255 1944-01-01


JK136 Local flying 1943-06-14
ER136 Local flying 1943-06-15
Spitfire started to arrive in June. F/L Bretherton flew Hurricanes before June. 1943-06-17
JK427 Local flying 1943-06-18
JK534 Local flying 1943-06-21
JK427 Local flying 1943-06-21
JK427 Local flying 1943-06-22
JK604 Local flying 1943-06-24
JK604 Convoy patrol Ras Fartas to Ras el Ahmer 1943-06-25
JK604 Convoy patrol Ras Fartas to Ras el Ahmer 1943-06-25
JK604 Convoy patrol Ras Fartas to Ras el Ahmer 1943-06-25
JK989 Cannon test 1943-06-26
JK427 Dusk landings 1943-06-27
JK989 Patrolled convoy 15 miles off Enfidaville. 1943-07-01
JK767 Patrolled convoy off Bizerte 1943-07-01
ER136 Local flying 1943-07-02
JK427 Sebala to Cap Bon 1943-07-04
JK460 Patrolled convoyfrom Zembra to Cap Bon. 1943-07-04
JK427 Aircraft test 1943-07-06
JK427 Patrolled base. 1943-07-06
JK767 Sebala to Cap Bon 1943-07-08
JK767 Patrolled convoy 12 miles S.W of Pantellaria. 1943-07-08
JK767 Patrolled convoy anchored N. of Bizerte. 1943-07-10
JK781 Patrolled convoy of 10 warships 35 miles N. of Bizerte 1943-07-11
JK892 Patrolled Bizerte 1943-07-12
JK892 Patrolled convoy S.E of Cap Bon 1943-07-14
JK892 Patrolled convoy S.E of Monastir 1943-07-17
JK767 Patrolled N. of Bizerte 1943-07-18
JK767 Dawn patrol of Bizerte. 1943-07-20
JK335 Patrolled convoy. 1943-07-21
JK427 Aircraft test 1943-07-22
JK604 Aircraft test. 1943-07-22
JK604 Patrolled convoy entering Bizerte Harbour. 1943-07-22
JK604 Patrolled convoy. 1943-07-27
JK190 Sebala 2 to Sebala 1. 1943-07-27
JK190 Aircraft test. 1943-07-28
JK604 Air co-operation. 1943-07-29
JK991 Shipping patrol. Landed at Cap Bon. 1943-07-29
JK892 Shipping patrol 1943-08-01
JK604 Convoy patrol 'UNTRUE' N.W of Bizerte. Saw tanker blow up. 1943-08-03
JK546 Dinghy search 30 miles E. of Cap Bon. Did not find. 1943-08-15
JK892 Scrambled to 20,000ft over Bizerte. Did not see E/A 1943-08-16
JK190 Aircraft test. 1943-08-17
JK427 Patrolled Bizerte at 25,000ft 1943-08-21
JK892 Patrolled Bizerte at 25,000ft 1943-08-23
JK892 Patrolled Bizerte at 25,000ft 1943-08-24
JK892 Patrolled Bizerte at 25,000ft 1943-08-26
JK892 Dinghy search. 1943-08-30
JK892 Sebala to Kairouan 11.15 to 12.00 1943-08-30
JK892 Kairouan to Sebala 14.30 to 15.15 1943-08-30
JK892 Practice interceptions over base 1943-08-31
JK892 Flying practice 1943-09-01
JK892 Dinghy search 1943-09-05
JK892 Patrol Cap Bon 1943-09-05
JK892 Sebala to Bouficha 1943-09-07
JK892 Convoy patrol off Bouficha 08.35 to 10.30 1943-09-07
JK892 Convoy patrol off Cap Bouficha 11.55 to 13.45 1943-09-07
JK892 A.A Co op course. 1943-09-16
JK892 Sebala to Montecorvino via Catania Sicily. 1943-09-17
JK427 Formation practice 1943-09-18
JL172 Shadow firing. 1943-09-18
JK892 Escort for air sea aircraft 1943-09-19
20th September to 16th October Nil flying squadron awaiting instructions to move to Italy. 1943-09-20
JK892 Patrol over Naples at 23,000ft 1943-10-21
MA641 Patrol of Naples 1943-10-21
JK892 Montecorvino to Catania 1943-10-22
JK892 Catania to Montecorvino 1943-10-22
JK892 Shipping recce Capri to Point Licosa. 1943-10-23
JK892 Patrol over Naples at 23,000ft 1943-10-23
JK892 Shipping patrol 1943-10-24
JK892 Convoy patrol 1943-10-26
JK892 Patrol Naples. Weather poor 06.00 to 6.20 1943-10-27
JK546 Patrol Naples 10.00 to 11.55 1943-10-27
JK892 Patrol Naples 15.50 to 17.25 at 25,000ft. 1943-10-27
JK892 Shipping patrol point Licosa to Capri 1943-10-29
JL172 Patrol Naples 1943-10-30
JK892 Shipping recce Capri to Point Licosa. 1943-11-01
JK892 Patrol Naples 1943-11-02
JK546 Patrol Naples 1943-11-02
JK892 Patrol convoy. 1943-11-04
JL172 Scrambled over base, nothing seen. 1943-11-05
JK709 Patrol Naples 1943-11-05
JK892 Patrol convoy. 1943-11-07
JK892 Patrol Naples 1943-11-11
JK892 Shipping patrol. 1943-11-13
JK892 Patrol Naples 1943-11-14
JK892 Montecorvino to Brindisi. Forward base for sweep over to Albania. 1943-11-15
JK892 Ground strafing on coast at Durazzo, Albania. 1943-11-15
JK892 Brindisi to Montecorvino. 1943-11-16
JK892 Patrol convoy. 1943-11-20
JL172 Patrol Naples 1943-11-22
JK892 Patrol Naples 1943-11-26
JK892 Aircraft test 1943-11-29
JK892 Montecorvino to Foggia main, one squadron move. 1943-12-02
JK892 Sector recce 1943-12-05
JK892 Local frying. 1943-12-07
JK709 Local flying. 1943-12-08
JK892 Sector recce 1943-12-09
JK892 Formation flying. 1943-12-10
MA311 Scrambled over base to intercept E/A nothing found. 1943-12-14
MA630 Bari to Foggia. 1943-12-15
MA633 Aircraft test. 1943-12-16
JK892 Foggiato Taranto patrolling a line. 1943-12-17
JK892 Patrolled a line from Barletta to Molfetta. 1943-12-17
JK892 Scrambled nothing seen. 1943-12-18
JK892 Formation flying. 1943-12-19
JK190 To Bari to refuel for escort work. 1943-12-21
JK190 Bari to Vasto escort DC3 1943-12-21
JK892 Vasto to Foggia 1943-12-21
JK892 Aircraft test. 1943-12-21
JK892 Escort to DC3 from Vasto to Bari 1943-12-21
JK892 Formation 1943-12-23
MA712 Scrambled proved to be friendly. 1943-12-24
JK546 Convoy patrol from Bari to Manfredonia. 1944-01-09
JK892 Sweep over Vis & neighbouring Islands. 1944-01-13
MA532 Search for Liberator Niget Island area. No trace. 1944-01-14
JK991 Air test 1944-01-16
JL226 Scrambled course 335° Bogey over Termoli. Plot faded 1944-01-17
JL226 Local flying. 1944-01-22
F/O Bretherton posted to 255 squadron (Beaufighters) stationed with ourselves at Foggia. 1944-01-25


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