Sergeant BRYDEN GEORGE 'Bill' SEAGOE (photo added)

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Rank Sergeant
Forenames BRYDEN GEORGE 'Bill'
Surname SEAGOE (photo added)
Initials B G
Place of Birth SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA
Date of Birth Saturday, 13 July 1918
Date of Death Friday, 17 April 1942
Age 23
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From Unknown, UNKNOWN
Service Number 918988
Force Royal Air Force
Service/Corps/Regiment Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration BEAUMONT-LE-ROGER COMMUNAL CEMETERY
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location 1-10. Collective grave.
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph
Family Details SON HAROLD AND JANE ANN BLACK SEAGOE, SISTER OF JEAN SEAGOE AND WIFE OF BARBARA SEAGOE (née CRUTCH).

Additional Information

 

 

BRYDEN GEORGE SEAGOE, known as 'Bill', was born on the 13th July 1918 in Syndey, New South Wales, Australia. His mother, Jane Ann Black Bryden was born in Totherwald, Dumfrieshire, Scotland in 1885. She travelled to Australia where she met Harold Seagoe, they married and they had twins, a boy and a girl. It was while Jane Ann Black Seagoe was visiting family in the United Kingdom with her twins, who were then aged 6, that her husband was taken ill contracting pneumonia, after a fall in hospital he developed a brain haemorrhage and died. He was buried in an unmarked grave in the paupers' section of Rookwood cemetery in Sidney, Australia.

 

Left penniless, Jane Ann Black Seagoe and her children remained in the United Kingdom and with the help of family, who took them in, Jane went on to work as a housekeeper and eventually took over the running of a Post Office at Rodmersham Green. When the children reached secondary school age, BRYDEN GEORGE SEAGOE went to Borden Grammer School. He went on to start a career in banking, until war broke, whereupon he volunterred for the Royal Air Force. He married his wife Barbara (née Crutch) in 1942. A close friend of BRYDEN GEORGE SEAGOE was Ron Hedges.1

 

 

Sergeant BRYDEN GEORGE 'Bill' SEAGOE and his wife Barbara, undated.

 

 

Ron Hedges, frIend of Sergeant BRYDEN GEORGE 'Bill' SEAGOE, undated.

 

 

Sergeant BRYDEN GEORGE SEAGOE was a Wireless Operater/Air Gunner and 1 of 7 crew on board Avro Lancaster Mk I, L7565 KM-V, with 44 Squadron, Royal Air Force taking off at 15.12 hrs from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom.2

 

Their mission was daring daylight bombing raid on the diesel-engine manufacturing workshop building in the M.A.N. factory at Augsburg on the 17th April 1942. Of the 12 Avro Lancaster bombers from 44 Squadron and 97 Squadron that carried out the raid, 4 Lancasters were shot down en route to their mission objective. This included Avro Lancaster Mk I, L7565 KM-V. A further 3 Avro Lancaster bombers were shot down near their target. Despite these heavy losses the operation was succesful in destroying their target.3

 

The crew of Avro Lancaster Mk I, L7565 KM-V were shot down by fighters as they flew near the boundary of Beaumont le Roger airfield, in Eure, Normandy with the 5 other aircraft from 44 Squadron. Unfortunately for the bomber crews a group of Messerschmitt Bf 109's and Focke-Wulf Fw 190's of II Gruppe/ Jagdgeschwader 2 Richthoffen were in various stages of landing at the airfield, following an engagement in the Cherbourg area with some of the diversionary Royal Air Force raids. Spotting the Avro Lancaster bombers the German fighters gave chase. Avro Lancaster L7565 KM-V was the first casualty, shot down by Hauptmann Heine Greistart, and the aircraft crash landed into trees at le Tilleul-Lambert, Eure, Normandy, France. All the crew were killed and were buried in the Beumont-le-Roger some 8.1 miles (13 kilometres) East of Bernay.5

 

The 7 men of Avro Lancaster MK I, L7565 KM-V were:

 

Warrant Officer JOHN FRANK BECKETT DFM

Sergeant BRIAN DOUGLAS MOSS

Flight Sergeant ALFRED EDGAR ROSS, Royal Canadian Air Force

Sergeant BRYDEN GEORGE SEAGOE

Sergeant JOHN HENRY HACKETT

Sergeant RICHARD LATTIMORE TRUSTRAM

Sergeant ALFRED JAMES HARRISON

 

 

References
1. Family website dedicated to BRYDEN GEORGE SEAGOE at: http://www.brydengeorgeseagoe.co.uk/.
2. Research Carl Shilleto, sources: Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War Vol:3 Aircraft and Crew Losses 1942, p.72, by W R Chorley, Midland Publishing. Published 1994.
3.

Research Carl Shilleto, sources: from Middlebrook, Martin and Chris Everitt. The Bomber Command War Diaries; An Operational Reference Book 1939-1945. pp.258. Midland Publishing. Published 1996.

4. http://www.raf.mod.uk/history/bombercommandaugsburg17thapril1942.cfm.
5. Research Carl Shilleto, sources: Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War Vol:3 Aircraft and Crew Losses 1942, p.72, by W R Chorley, Midland Publishing. Published 1994.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph:  
Individual photograph: http://www.brydengeorgeseagoe.co.uk/.
Additional photographs provided by: http://www.brydengeorgeseagoe.co.uk/.
Additional information provided by: Carl Shilleto, Sam Atwell, great niece of Sergeant BRYDEN GEORGE SEAGOE and http://www.brydengeorgeseagoe.co.uk/.

 

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