The story as well as I can compile it of part of my father's career in the RAF from 1939-1945. Facts drawn from letters, albums and other documents. All pictures were taken by him or his mates with either an Agfa Karat or a "Russian Leica" . He died in 1986 and I know that he would be delighted to know that people were looking at the pictures now.

Here is a brief summary of Jack Bray's war years:

RAF equipment section trainee, Nov 1939, Cranwell. Age 19.
RAF AC 1st Class 1939
Board Arundel Castle at Southampton for Southern Rhodesia, via Capetown , 20 Jun 1940.
Equipment Section, 33 Squadron, RAF Cranbourne, Southern Rhodesia, Aug 1940
RAF Leading Aircraftman Oct 1940
Back to UK via Capetown , Washington and Halifax Nova Scotia, 1941 Aug-Sep.
Board P&O liner Strathaird in Convoy WS 16 from Liverpool to Egypt via Durban and Red Sea, Feb-Apr 1942,
RAF Corporal July 1942
46 squadron North Africa (Beaufighters), July 1942-1943.
46 Squadron in Nicosia, Cyprus, Aug 1943.
33 squadron in Western Desert, Mar 1944.
Return to England - posted to Manston and Swingfield satellite landing ground, Kent, May 1944 - April 1945.
53 OTU February 1945
88 Group, Norway, May - December 1945
Demob March 1946

Campaign medals

Here is a short slideshow with music. Most of the photos were drawn from the album of his pictures during his time in North Africa.

Here are some stills from his album:

RAF Cranbourne, Southern Rhodesia 1940-41

(staging point and training base for North African operations)

RAF Cranbourne, Southern Rhodesia

Hawker at Cranbourne

Harvard at Cranbourne

Oxford at Cranbourne


RAF Egypt - Libya 1942-43


Another 109

109 at El Daba

Air raid at Alexandria


British mishap

Convoy forming

Convoy at Tocra


Digging in

Flies at El Khanka

German tank


Indian Guards

Italian gun

Italian tank

"Just propaganda"

My truck

Near Abu Sueur

Into the Nile delta

One of many

Recreation in Cairo

Stuka at Berka

Former Carabinieri post under new ownership

He 111 being shot down off the Greek islands by a Beaufighter of 46 Squadron based on Cyprus, November 1943

If you recognise anybody in these pictures or remember Jack Bray, please get in contact.