This is the only information on Bruce’s father that I could find on the Internet last week as we start this journey into the past.
Date: 31 October 1942
Type: de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF Mk II
Owner/operator: 23 Squadron Royal Air Force (23 Sqn RAF)
Registration:DD691C/n / msn:
Fatalities: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: RAF station Bradwell Bay, Essex, England. – United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport: RAF Bradwell Bay, Essex
Destination airport: RAF Bradwell Bay
Mosquito DD691/O –
Take off 21:25 hrs
Intruder for Beauvais.
Returned with engine trouble.31.10.1942
Crew: F/Sgt (1066745) Robert Bruce MADGE (pilot) RAFVR – Ok
Sgt P.R. JAMES (nav.) RAFVR – Ok
ORB 23 Sqdn RAF
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For what I know Sgt. P.R. James was probably Robert Madge’s navigator for most of his operations.
If this is a fact Sgt. James could be also on this group picture, but according to Bruce Madge he can’t seem to find his father on his father’s group picture.
About that picture, Robert Madge can’t be the second airman in the back on the right. That pilot is Donald Bentley about whom I wrote a lot on this blog.
This brings me to reflect upon how this blog works.
And how to search for anyone who might have been related to 23 Squadron…
To be continued…