Ralph Brumwell – 100 not out!

Many thanks to Kevin for providing me with advance warning that today is Ralph Brumwell’s 100th birthday – I am sure you will all join with me in wishing Ralph the most heartfelt wishes on this remarkable milestone.

This notable event also gives me an excuse to make use of the Nominal Roll database to provide the following summary of Ralph’s time with the Squadron!

Ralph William Brumwell,  D.F.C.  RAF 127140 – Pilot  
Born on Saturday, 24 July 1920.
Arrived Saturday, 20 May 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 23 from No.31.Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 27
total sorties undertaken 28 (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 28 Ops as Pilot , including 1 DNC – 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 30/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 12/08/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 31/08/1944 Attack Against Pont Reny, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 10 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 25 September 1944. Time with Squadron – 4 months 5 days

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE 8th of December 1944
Distinguished Flying Cross
Ralph William BRUMWELL (127140), R.A.F.V.R., 75(N.Z.) Sqn

This officer has completed many operational sorties against a wide variety of targets in Germany and Northern France. He has shown himself to be a cool and resourceful captain of aircraft and has displayed outstanding courage and keenness to engage the enemy. In August 1944, Flight Lieutenant’ s aircraft was detailed to attack a target at Le Nieppe. Several hits were sustained by anti-aircraft and on engine was rendered unserviceable. Although the damage to his aircraft was severe, he successfully flew it back to base and execute a perfect landing.

Once again Ralph – all the best wishes for the day and literally in your case………

Ake Ake Kia Kaha!

8 thoughts on “Ralph Brumwell – 100 not out!

  1. Sarah Muir

    Happy Birthday !!! A truly remarkable milestone for an extraordinary man – worth a knighthood! My dear father J W Muir (Bill) flew 32 missions as a Bomb Aimer with 75(NZ) squadron and lived to 85 ! Ake Ake Kia Kaha!

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  2. Darin

    Yes, a wonderful Happy Birthday to you Sir and on behalf of my grandfather John Mathers Bailey of the NZ75th, thank-you for serving with him and the many others whom dedicated themselves and shared so many years with us all.
    Cheers! Darin

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    1. JN-Dog

      Hi Darin, your grandfather has been one of my ‘heroes’ these past eight years that I have been researching 75(NZ) Sqdn – he was my uncle’s Flight Commander. Would love to make contact, if you want, my email is chris@foodworks.co.nz. Best wishes, Chris Newey.

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  3. jimmy Parr

    Happy Birthday Ralph, enjoy your day with warmest wishes.
    My dad joined 75(NZ) 3 months after you left, so would not have met each other. Miles “Joe” Parr was lucky enough to fly with the Zinzan crew during his time there.
    Jimmy Parr

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  4. David Yates

    Best wishes on you centenary, Ralph; and thanks for accomplishing the feat of service and self-discipline all those years ago what so many of the next generation of young men have pondered all their lives. May you have many more birthdays, every one as memorable as this.

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