Acting Flight Lieutenant Canal Brendan Thomas MCSWEENEY (144212),R.A.F.V.R., 156 Sqn., with effect from 3rd October, 1943 (since deceased).
McSWEENEY, Canal Brendan Thomas, A/F/L (144212, RAFVR*, since deceased) - No.156 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 April 1945.
Born 1913 in Beckenham [?], Kent.
Educated at Mount St. Josephs, Haywards Heath and Salesian College, Farnborough.
Enlisted May 1941; trained in South Africa;
commissioned March 1943.
Citation from Air Ministry Bulletin 18266.
This officer has flown on many operational sorties. An efficient bomb aimer, he has consistently displayed exceptional coolness under fire and grim determination to complete his mission whatever the opposition to be faced.
In August 1943, he was bomb aimer in an aircraft detailed for an attack on Nuremberg. On the initial bombing run the aircraft was illuminated by searchlights and heavily engaged by anti-aircraft fire. Flight Lieutenant McSweeney guided his pilot out of the searchlights and cooly commenced a second bombing run. Again the aircraft was held by searchlights and subjected to anti-aircraft fire, but this officer’s clear, concise directions again enabled his captain to evade the fire and during a third run he successfully released the bombs.
Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday.