By Martin W. Bowman
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All of Briden's crew perished. This brought No 149 Squadron's losses to two. Sergeant John Ramshawe of No 9 Squadron also failed to make it back across the North bomber had been badly damaged when attacked by several Bf 110s and his Sea. His Leading Aircraftsman Walter rear-gunner, The fuel tanks were holed but Ramshawe managed to nurse the ailing Lilley, killed. Wellington to the coast of Lincolnshire, where he ditched. Four of the crew were picked up by a Grimsby trawler 100 miles from the Wash.
The first, 'P-Peter', piloted by Flying Officer Briden of No 149 Squadron, ditched near Cromer Knoll. Squadron Leader Harris circled the scene of the crash and attempted to drop a dinghy to the stricken crew but its attached rope snagged the tail of his Wellington and Harris was forced to land on the fighter airfield at Coltishall, near Norwich, which was still under construction. All of Briden's crew perished. This brought No 149 Squadron's losses to two. Sergeant John Ramshawe of No 9 Squadron also failed to make it back across the North bomber had been badly damaged when attacked by several Bf 110s and his Sea.
Joubert inherited a force of forty squadrons and more than half the aircraft were now fitted with ASV radar. Joubert's overriding task was to increase the effectiveness of his ASV aircraft and create airborne U-boat killers. He 36 WELLINGTON 311 (Czech) Squadron crews gather beside their Coastal pressed for heavier types of anti-submarine bombs, bomb sights for low level attack, and depth charge pistols which would detonate at less than fifty feet below the surface. He encouraged tests, first started by Bowhill, with various forms of camouflage, in order to render the attacker invisible for as long as possible.