156 Squadron Log
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFM  21/04/1942  627478 Flight Sergeant Cecil Thomas Theobald BRADY, No. 156 Squadron. (Immediate)

Form London Gazette:

One night in April, 1942, this airman was the wireless operator of an aircraft which attacked Cologne. During the attack, the second pilot was severely wounded in the stomach by a piece of shrapnel.

In harassing circumstances, Flight Sergeant Brady immediately applied first-aid to his wounded comrade. Throughout the return journey, this airman's exceptional wireless skill was of the greatest assistance to his captain and contributed materially to the safe return of his aircraft.

Flight Sergeant Brady displayed great courage and devotion to duty.

London Gazette 35535 21/4/42

From Tavenders DFM Register:

L.G. 24/4/1942. Sorties 2, Flying hours 24. Wireless Operator. Air2/8466

On the night of 5th April 1942, Flight Sergeant Brady was Wireless Operator in an aircraft carrying out a bombing attack on Cologne when the second pilot, whom he was assisting at the time, was severely wounded in the stomach by a piece of shrapnel.
Under extremely harassing conditions, this N.C.O. immediately carried out all possible first aid while the aircraft was still in grave danger.
Throughout the entire homeward trip, besides assisting the wounded man and endeavouring to staunch the haemorrage, he carried out his duties of Wireless Operator in such an efficient manner that, despites the shortage of fuel, the aircraft was brought directly to Manston.
The safe return of this aircraft and crew is largely attributable to the manner in which he carried out his duties and the possibility of the second's pilot life being saved is in a great part due to the way in which this N.C.O. handled this casualty.
Since June 1941, this N.C.O. has taken part in four major operations and at all times he has displayed conspicuous courage and devotion to duty.
By his persistent determination and outstanding skill as a Wireless Operator, this N.C.O. has set an example of the highest order.
7th April, 1942

Remarks by Station Commander.

I concur in the remarks of the Squadron ommander. I consider this N.C.O. showed great determination, skill and devotion to duty.

Remarks by A.O.C.

Forwarded and recommended. This Flight Sergeant possesses and outstanding personality and I agree that it was in a large measure due to his efficiency and determination that this severely damaged aircraft, dangerously short of petrol, was brought safely to the nearest aerodrome in this country.
His coolness in the way he not only carried on with his job but rendered exceptionally skilful first aid to the gravely wounded second pilot was an inspiration to the remainder of his crew.