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Surname BRYANT   Initials R M   First Name ROBERT MAXWELL  
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Rank Pilot Oficer   Unit RAAF   Service No. 411748  
Age 22  Deceased 11/06/1943  Previous Squadron 103  
Comments 22/03/43 - SGT LAY and crew reported for duty from 103 Squadron.


Clearly shown in ORB as J.J Bryant on day of loss?



411748 Flying Officer Robert Maxwell Bryant. Born in Cowra, NSW, in 1921, Bryant was studying law in Sydney when he enlisted in the RAAF on 25 May 1941. He trained under the Empire Air Training Scheme in Canada before being posted to Bomber Command in England, where he served in 103 Squadron RAF, flying Lancasters. Of the twenty trainee aircrew on his Canadian course only five survived the war. Bryant subsequently transferred to 156 (Pathfinder) Squadron RAF in 1943. He was killed on 11 June 1943 while flying over Holland on a raid to Munster in Germany, and his body was washed ashore on the island of Urk at the edge of the IJsselmeer. He was later buried in the Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery.

Edmonton, Canada. 1941. Group portrait of members of an Air Observers Course, Empire Air Training Scheme. Left to right, back row: Colin C. Cooper, 411783 Flying Officer (FO) Guy B. Herring, No. 100 Squadron (Sqn) RAF (killed in action (KIA) 20 April 1943, over the North Sea in a flying battle), J. Harris, 411739 Pilot Officer (PO) Wilfred G. Burrows, No. 12 Sqn RAF (KIA 18 January 1943, in a flying battle over North West Europe), 412217 Sergeant (Sgt) Harold T. Waddell, No. 44 Sqn RAF (KIA 8 February 1943, in a flying battle off France), J. G. Turnbull, T. J. J. Cunliffe, 411748 FO Robert Maxwell Bryant, No. 156 Sqn RAF (KIA 11 June 1943, in a flying battle over Holland). Middle row: 401848 Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) Colin McDowell Miller, No. 12 Sqn RAF (KIA 18 January 1943, in a flying battle over Germany), Don Charlwood RAAF, E. Freeman, 412053 FO Ronald Wheatley, No. 35 Sqn RAF (KIA 15 April 1943, in a flying battle over Germany), R. Bannister, G. O'Sullivan, 405310 Flt Sgt Ian V. Heatley, No. 12 Sqn RAF (KIA 3 March 1943, in a flying battle over Germany), 412160 Flight Lieutenant George B. Loder, No. 156 Sqn RAF, awarded the Distinguised Flying Cross (DFC) for skill and fortitude against the emeny (KIA 20 December 1943, in a flying battle over Germany), R. Pender. Front row: O. B. Lloyd, 405381 FO Thomas H. McNeill, No. 460 Sqn (KIA 30 March 1943, in a flying battle over Holland), H. J. Wright, H. J. Barker, 411479 FO John S. Braithwaite, No. 463 Sqn (KIA 25 April 1944, in a flying battle over Germany), 411562 Flt Sgt Keith R. Webber, No. 103 Sqn RAF (KIA 21 January 1943, in a flying battle over Holland), 412218 FO John I. Gordon, No. 617 Sqn RAF, he was awarded the DFC for skill and fortitude in operations against the enemy (killed on 13 February 1944, in the United Kingdom), 411121 PO William R. K. Charlton, No. 460 Sqn (KIA 17 April 1943, in a flying battle over Germany). (Donor J. Bryant)  
Address Cowra, New South Wales, Australia  
Cemetery AMSTERDAM NEW EASTERN CEMETERYNoord-Holland, Netherlands  
Grave Location Plot 69. Row C. Coll. grave 19.  
Additional Info Son of John James Bryant and Mary Estelle Bryant, of Cowra, New South Wales, Australia  
War Graves Link 2619530  Grave Photo ** YES ** Cemetery Photo ** YES **
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