Wg Cdr John Michael Bryan

Also see the page, John Michael Bryan, a World War II Hero.

Photograph: Imperial War Museum

Words: IWM

Squadron Leader J M Bryan, Commanding Officer of No. 198 Squadron RAF, inspects the damaged starboard wing of his Hawker Typhoon Mark IB, JR366, at Manston, Kent, after returning from a ‘Roadstead’ mission involving an attack on three flak ships off the Dutch islands. Anti-aircraft fire from the vessels exploded cannon shells in the starboard ammunition pan, blowing off the panel and holing the wing. Bryan however returned unhurt and made a safe landing at base.

Mike Bryan was my Great Uncle. Details from the WGC:

  • Rank: Wing Commander, Trade: Pilot
  • Service No: 102570
  • Date of Death: 10/06/1944
  • Age: 21
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
  • Awards: D F C and Bar
  • Grave Reference: VII. G. 5.
  • Additional Information: Son of the Revd. John Ingram Bryan, M.A., B.D., Ph.D., and Lucy Silver Bryan, of All Saints Vicarage, Forest Gate, Essex, England.

There is a Typhoon memorial at Noyers-Bocage: http://en.tracesofwar.com/map/4541/Typhoon-Memorial.htm

There is a plaque to him near Saint-Nicolas, Vignats, SE of Falaise (picture below from Google Earth) and information at: http://www.tect.org.uk/index_htm_files/Newsletter2.pdf

JM Bryan Plaque on Google Earth

Also see the page, John Michael Bryan, a World War II Hero.

5 thoughts on “Wg Cdr John Michael Bryan

  1. John Michael Bryan was my great uncle and, as I was born about 6 months after his untimely death, my parents named me after him. My late father, Harold Ingram George Bryan, was with the Royal Canadian Air Force in WW2 and flew coastal patrols out of North Sydney, N.S. as a navigator

  2. John Michael Bryan was my father’s first cousin; his name was Medville Bryan from O’Leary, Prince Edward island (Canada), from where John Michael’s father came. My grandfather was Edward Bryan, who would have been John Michael’s uncle. It is wonderful finding out about him.

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