Brennan, Jack


Brennan, Jack
John Brennan
J Brennan


Twenty-four items.

The collection concerns Sergeant John Brennan DFM (1210913 Royal Air Force) and contains his log book as well as documents including a Goldfish Club certificate, notes from station and squadron operational record book with details of activities and operations, memoirs, newspaper cuttings and correspondence. In addition, contains operation order and other details for 617 Squadron's attack of German dams on 16/17 May 1943.

He flew operations as a wireless operator with 102 and 35 Squadrons.

The collection has been donated to the IBCC Digital Archive by T Noble and catalogued by Nigel Huckins.




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Brennan, J

Collection Items

J Brennan's observer's and air gunner's flying log book
Observer's and Air Gunner's Flying log book for J Brennan, wireless operator / air gunner covering the period from 13 November 1942 to 16 November 1945. Detailing his flying training, operations flown, instructing and transport duties. He was…

Operation order for Eder, Möhne and Sorpe operation and other details
5 Group operation order No B.976. Provides explanation for attack on Ruhr Dams, enemy defences, 20 special Lancaster from 617 Squadron, routes to be flown by all three waves. Goes on with detailed plan of attack, method and timing. Continues with…

Memories of 405 Pathfinder Squadron and the last flight of HOMEBY S/L John Roberts
Account of the last crew from 405 Squadron flying home from RAF Linton-on-Ouse. Tells the story of an airman groundcrew plucked to replace a flight engineer who had been taken ill and subsequently being transformed into aircrew. Mentions Operations…

John Brennan biographical notes
Gives personal details, joined RAF 21 November 1940, commissioned 21 October 1944 and released 6 January 1947.

Notes from Squadron and station operational records
Contains: List of targets from 23 May 1943 up to 31 May 1944. Includes target name, type of aircraft, serial number and letter. Record of 1663 HCU Rufforth from 2 March 1942 to 15 May 1943, includes establishment, personnel, aircraft, strength,…

Two newspaper cuttings
First - over 400 times they led the way. Article about RAF Pathfinders. Crest and details about 35 Squadron. Also mentions 7, 83 and 156 Squadrons as nucleus of force in August 1942. Mentions some of their attacks and numbers of decorations awarded.…

35 Squadron crest
35 Squadron crest with winged horse and moto 'Uno Animo Agimus'.

Lecture - "PRESS ON"
Text for a lecture. Joined RAF as air observer in June 1941. List initial training postings, conversion to Halifax, crewing up and posting to 102 Squadron at RAF Pocklington in May 1943. Describes preparation for operations and lists 6 operations…

Recommendation for award of Distinguished Flying Medal
Mentions him showing great skill and determination over an number of sorties.

Certificate on ditching and dinghy drill
Certifies that J Brenna had been instructed and fully understood ditching process and dinghy drill.

Jack Brennan airman's pay book
Contains some personal and pay details.

Jack Brennan RAF service and release book
Contains some personal details. Last day of service 6 January 1947.

Certificate for award of Pathfinder badge
Made out for Flight Sergeant J Brennan permanently awarded the Pathfinder badge

Award of Pathfinder badge
Letter to Sergeant Brennan stating that he was now entitled to wear Pathfinder badge.

Telegram to Mrs H Brennan
Informs her that her son was missing as a result of air operations 21/22 July 1943

Page from scrapbook
Two newspaper cuttings concerning award of Distinguished Flying Medal for Borrowash airman, Pilot Officer John Brennan. Gives some personal information and mentions his Halifax ditching in the North Sea and being in dinghies for 18 hours. Includes a…

Letter to Jack Brennan from St James's palace
Request his attendance at investiture at Buckingham Palace.

Wireless operator
Head and shoulders portrait of an RAF officer wearing tunic with wireless operator brevet and medal ribbons and peaked cap.

Awards notification - bomber command clasp
Cover note from under-secretary of state for defence and on list of campaign stars, clasps and medals shows a tick against Bomber command clasp.

Christmas menu 1941
List food and drink for Christmas meal.

Cover for Christmas dinner 1943
For sergeants' mess RAF Graveley 1943.

Letter to Jack Brennan congratulating him on decoration
On Gee, Walker & Slater Ltd headed notepaper congratulating him on behalf of the company's directors on being awarded a decoration and his recent marriage.

Goldfish club membership card
Made out for Sergeant J Brennan signed by Charles Robertson

Rescue painting
Abstract collage showing outline of England, night sky with starts, an aircraft, parachute, dinghy, rescue launch and part of a face.
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