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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
CHARLES EVERITT BRADBURY
Service:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Date of Death - 31/03/1943
Service No - 1062441
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