Norris Francis Brodie
Sub-Lieutenant, H.M.S. Landrail
Died 17 Nov 1943
Commemorated on Lee-on-Solent Memorial
Norris was born on 19 February 1921 in Whitechapel, London to Jacob and Annie nee Eglowitz and he had a younger brother Adrian. Their mother Annie died after a short illness in December 1939. In 1921, Jacob worked as a school master for the London County Council at Fairclough Street school in East London and in 1939 he was still a schoolmaster but also a welfare worker for the United Synagogue. He was also a superintendent at the Brady Girl’s Club in Hanbury Street, London.
In 1939, Norris worked as a railway clerk for the London Passenger Transport Board before he joined the RNVR, and he was based at RNAS Machrihanish (HMS Landrail). In January 1943 Norris became engaged to Thelma Frankenthal but sadly he was killed ten months later.
On seventeenth November 1943, Norris was onboard the aircraft Barracuda BV805 which was practising corkscrewing and fighter evasion exercises when it collided with Barracuda BV799. Both aircraft of 810 Squadron crashed into the sea off Ailsa Craig. There were no survivors.