- Kenneth William Branston was a son of William
Pettifer Branston and Louie Branston, of Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.
- On the night of 5-6 june 1944 he flew to
Normandy onboard Short Stirling EF-295. The aircraft was hit and crash
landed near Grangues. Four men died as a result of the crash, but seven
survived. They were disarmed and taken prisoner
by German forces in the area. Although the circumstances are unclear, at
some stage during the night Lance Corporal Branston, along with, Sapper Wheeler,
Lance-Corporal Fraser, Sapper Wolfe and Driver
Thomson, all of 591 Parachute Squadron, were shot. Sapper Guard, part of
the Royal Engineers of HQ 6th Airborne Division, and glider pilot Duncan
Wright were also killed.
- Branstons body was given a field burial a
Chateau de Grangues. After a war crimes investigation his body was
reinterred in Ranville War Cemetery.