102 (Ceylon) Squadron

Tentate et perficite (Attempt and Achieve)

Warrant Officer Harold (Harry) William Brabin

Our thanks go out to Harry for sending us all of his diary!

Harry Brabin - 102 Squadron - May 44 to April 1945
Harry Brabin - 102 Squadron - May 44 to April 1945

Please see below the very beginning of what Harry says in his 'Acknowledgement' :-

'The idea to update my previous memoir of my experiences in bomber command during the Second World War came to me when I received from my bomb aimer Don McLean his diary, to this I added my own. He also gave me a copy of our pilot’s diary. Sadly, Bill Rabbitt who lived in Penola South Australia has passed on.

Christine Johnson, who lives in Wales and whose father was in the Wing Commander’s crew, sent me a photograph of that crew and some further information gathered by her son, David.

Recently Don McLean organised a reunion in Brisbane for Bas Spiller (navigator) and Sandy Concannon (rear gunner) together with Bill Rabbitt’s son Michael, and there I obtained some further anecdotes. I want to thank Don and his family for their hospitality.'


We will add to this page in the coming weeks and months, but for now, if you want to download the whole of Harry's diary, please hit the link below, but be warned, it is 15mb

Harry Brabin's Diary



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