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Lt O.C BRYSON GC


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I'm writing a history of Wye Airfield in Kent and came across this George Cross incident. I was wondering if anyone else has an interest in this chap or indeed the Wye RFC Airfield?

Lieutenant Oliver Campbell BRYSON, GC, MC, DFC & Bar, RAF

Born: 18 August 1896.

Educated: Bromsgrove School

Date of George Cross Action: 15 March 1917

Place of GC Action: Wye Aeorodrome, Kent

Age on GC Action: 21 years

Died: 27 March 1977

London Gazette: 11 January 1918

Citation –

"The KING was pleased, at Buckingham Palace, on Wednesday, the 9th instant, to present to Captain Oliver Campbell Bryson, Flight Commander, Royal Flying Corps, the Albert Medal, which was awarded by His Majesty in recognition of his gallantry in endeavouring to save life in March last. The circumstances are as follows: —

On the 15th March, 1917, Captain (then Lieutenant, Bryson, with Second Lieutenant Hillebrandt as passenger, was piloting an aeroplane at Wye Aerodrome when, owing to a sideslip, the machine crashed to the ground and burst into flames. On disentangling himself from the burning wreckage Captain Bryson at once went back into the flames, dragged Lieutenant Hillebrandt from the machine, and notwithstanding his own injuries, which were undoubtedly aggravated by his gallant efforts to rescue his brother officer from the fire, endeavoured to extinguish the fire on Lieutenant Hillebrandt's clothing. Lieutenant Hillebrandt succumbed to his injuries a few; days later."

Wye Airfield, Near Ashford,Kent

172 & 184/179 & 189 : (61) TR 044477 : Kent : 86 acres : 700 x 600 yards : 150 feet amsl.

HD NLG 3rd for 50 (HD) Sqn RFC : Training Squadron Station RFC/RAF 6.1916 – 6.1919.

Three 1915 pattern Flight Sheds, 210 x 65 feet.

20 RS/TS 24.7.1916 from Dover (Swingate Down) 1.6.1917 to Wyton

61 Sqn 5.7.1916 formed with nucleus ex 20 RS Dover (Swingate Down) 24.8.1916 disbanded into 63 Sqn Raploch (Stirling)

50 RS 7.12.1916 formed 14.12.1916 Narborough

51 RS 8.1.1917 Bristol (Filton) 14.5.1917 Waddington

66 RS 1.5.1917 formed with nucleus ex 20 RS 10.5.1917 Yatesbury

65 Sqn 29.5.1917 Wyton 27.10.1917 St Omer for La Lovie (F)

86 Sqn 17.9.1917 Shoreham 16.12.1917 Northolt

42 TS 16.12.1917 Hounslow 1.2.1919 disbanded

24th Aero Sqn USAAS HQ* 31.1.1918 USA 1.5.1918 Narborough

24th Aero Sqn USAAS Flts* 31.1.1918 USA 2.1918 London Colney, Sedgeford & Wyton

3 Sqn cadre* 15.2.1919 Inchy (F) 2.5.1919 Dover (Swingate Down)

Note – the station was intended to house a flight of 50 (HD) Sqn in 6.1916 but the plan was abandoned.

6th Wing from 12.4.1916 : 6th Wing, 1 (Training)

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2Lt Frederick Edmund Hillebrant of No 51 Reserve Sqn RFC (formerly 10th Bn, Suffolk Regiment) was flying in Avro 504A A417 when the aeroplane crashed on 15 March 1917 and he was pulled from the wreckage by 2Lt O C Bryson. He died from his injuries on 22 March.

I hope that this is useful.

Gareth

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I'm writing a history of Wye Airfield in Kent and came across this George Cross incident. I was wondering if anyone else has an interest in this chap or indeed the Wye RFC Airfield?

Lieutenant Oliver Campbell BRYSON, GC, MC, DFC & Bar, RAF

Born: 18 August 1896.

Educated: Bromsgrove School

Date of George Cross Action: 15 March 1917

Place of GC Action: Wye Aeorodrome, Kent

Age on GC Action: 21 years

Died: 27 March 1977

London Gazette: 11 January 1918

Citation –

"The KING was pleased, at Buckingham Palace, on Wednesday, the 9th instant, to present to Captain Oliver Campbell Bryson, Flight Commander, Royal Flying Corps, the Albert Medal, which was awarded by His Majesty in recognition of his gallantry in endeavouring to save life in March last. The circumstances are as follows: —

On the 15th March, 1917, Captain (then Lieutenant, Bryson, with Second Lieutenant Hillebrandt as passenger, was piloting an aeroplane at Wye Aerodrome when, owing to a sideslip, the machine crashed to the ground and burst into flames. On disentangling himself from the burning wreckage Captain Bryson at once went back into the flames, dragged Lieutenant Hillebrandt from the machine, and notwithstanding his own injuries, which were undoubtedly aggravated by his gallant efforts to rescue his brother officer from the fire, endeavoured to extinguish the fire on Lieutenant Hillebrandt's clothing. Lieutenant Hillebrandt succumbed to his injuries a few; days later."

Wye Airfield, Near Ashford,Kent

172 & 184/179 & 189 : (61) TR 044477 : Kent : 86 acres : 700 x 600 yards : 150 feet amsl.

HD NLG 3rd for 50 (HD) Sqn RFC : Training Squadron Station RFC/RAF 6.1916 – 6.1919.

Three 1915 pattern Flight Sheds, 210 x 65 feet.

20 RS/TS 24.7.1916 from Dover (Swingate Down) 1.6.1917 to Wyton

61 Sqn 5.7.1916 formed with nucleus ex 20 RS Dover (Swingate Down) 24.8.1916 disbanded into 63 Sqn Raploch (Stirling)

50 RS 7.12.1916 formed 14.12.1916 Narborough

51 RS 8.1.1917 Bristol (Filton) 14.5.1917 Waddington

66 RS 1.5.1917 formed with nucleus ex 20 RS 10.5.1917 Yatesbury

65 Sqn 29.5.1917 Wyton 27.10.1917 St Omer for La Lovie (F)

86 Sqn 17.9.1917 Shoreham 16.12.1917 Northolt

42 TS 16.12.1917 Hounslow 1.2.1919 disbanded

24th Aero Sqn USAAS HQ* 31.1.1918 USA 1.5.1918 Narborough

24th Aero Sqn USAAS Flts* 31.1.1918 USA 2.1918 London Colney, Sedgeford & Wyton

3 Sqn cadre* 15.2.1919 Inchy (F) 2.5.1919 Dover (Swingate Down)

Note – the station was intended to house a flight of 50 (HD) Sqn in 6.1916 but the plan was abandoned.

6th Wing from 12.4.1916 : 6th Wing, 1 (Training)

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Have you looked in the George Cross Register as he survived to exchane the Albert Medal for the GC?

This looks like his army/ RFC servoce record:

WO 374/10426 BRYSON, Lieut O C 1915-1920; 1946

His RAF service record might be in AIR 76/63 (surnames Brumwell, John - Bryson, William)

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