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Charles was born in Royton in 1920. His parents were Albert and Edith Annie. He was a member of 95 Squadron who were part of Coastal Command out in West Africa and flew Short Sunderlands. On March 29th 1943, the SS Celtic Star was torpedoed. She sank the following day, south west of Freetown, Sierra Leone.On the 31st of March, Charles Bradbury and the rest of the crew of Sunderland N/95 - took off from their base at Jui (near Freetown) to search for survivors of the vessel.
The ship's lifeboats were sighted at 13:15 hrs but as the Sunderland approached the area, it flew too low and hitting a large wave, crashed into the sea at 14:05 hrs. Three survivors were picked up by HMS Wastwater but unfortunately Charles and five others were not recovered.
The other men killed were:

COOKE  WES  551113  - Sergeant
GRAHAM  GW  808325 - Sergeant,31 years old,Darlington
HANNAFORD  Louis  1500952 - Sergeant,20 years old,Middlesbrough
LOVETT  Stafford  65570 - Flying Officer,27 years old,South Woodford
MOODY  F  575957 - Sergeant,20 years old, Sheffield

Service:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit:95 sqdn.
Date of Death - 31/03/1943
Service No - 1062441
Memorial:Malta Memorial
Panel Reference:Panel 8, Column 1