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Old 21st November 2020, 12:18
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Re: RAF/RN pilot H.F. Bromwich

Hi Geoff,

Yes, it’s an interesting one. From my understanding 805 Sqn was part of the RNFS from Aug of 1941. According to Getty Images the pics was created 1 May 41 and was published in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph in June of 1941.

There’s a bit of a gap in Bromwich’s timeline from 759 Sqn in Sept 40 until his time with 805 Sqn in late 41. However, photo could be taken during time with 759 Sqn as it appears they had Buffalo Mk.I between Sept 40 and 1941 at RNAS Eastleigh.

Hoping some Buffalo or FAA experts can narrow down or confirm a bit further.

Drew.
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Old 22nd November 2020, 15:10
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Re: RAF/RN pilot H.F. Bromwich

Interesting thread! Thanks Drew.

He also led 801 Squadron: www.wings-aviation.ch/32-FAA/4-Sqn/801.htm

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Old 22nd November 2020, 15:46
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Re: RAF/RN pilot H.F. Bromwich

A post-war (1947) mention of him here when he was with the company "Airwork".

https://books.google.com/books?id=st...ich%22&f=false
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Old 23rd November 2020, 03:07
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Re: RAF/RN pilot H.F. Bromwich

Thanks Bruce and RSwank.

Another few pieces of the puzzle! Commander of 801 Sqn until Jul 44 would suggest Bromwich was possibly involved in Operation Tungsten (Apr 44) and also fits into the timeline of his follow up posting to HMS Landrail in Jul 44.

I also picked up an error in my original post relating to the accident in Seafire LR877 with 887 Sqn. I incorrectly listed a later incident linked to another pilot whereas Bromwich’s accident in LR877 was earlier on 17 Mar 44 with 880 Sqn.

It seems 880 and 801 Sqns were both embarked on HMS Furious during Tungsten so he may have been piloting an 880 Sqn Seafire on that date?

A couple of extra links, one from a google books preview of Malcolm Smith’s The Fleet Air Arm. It is a recollection by E.V.B. Morton of HMS Pursuer which adds credence to Bromwich’s pre-war RAF ME posting and we now have a nickname of ‘Scruffy’. “A very experienced pilot, he served with the RAF before transferring to the Navy. He told the most hair-raising stories of his experiences bombing rebel Pathan forts and strongpoint in the North West Frontier between the wars.”
https://books.google.com.au/books?id...ich%22&f=false

Google search has cut out most of preview so would welcome if anyone who has access to this book could provide more detail.

Second link is also a recollection by Morgan when HMS Pursuer was at Port Swettenham in 1945. Bromwich apparently brought a crated Tiger Moth onboard!
https://issuu.com/navynews/docs/199609/6

Taking above references into account apparently he was (Commander Flying) and still onboard HMS Pursuer by Aug 45 after initial posting during Oct 44.

regards, Drew
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