Bernard Browning, founder member and Honorary Vice President of the Portsmouth & SE Hants ACA, his died. Bernard was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and for the past few years was cared for in a nursing home. He died suddenly in his sleep and an autopsy is required. Subject to the assurance that the Post Mortem on Bernard will be completed on time, the family have arranged for the funeral as follows:
- Friday 9th September, 2011 at 3pm - Porchester Crematorium
- Afterwards (provisionally) at the Church Hall behind St. Wilfreds Church, Padnell Road, Cowplain for refreshments.
The vicar from this church will conduct the service at the crematorium. The Portsmouth ACA Standard will be present and that a Guard of Honour will be formed by the ACA members present.

Bernard was a trained musician when he joined the Central Band of the RAF in 1940. He volunteered for aircrew in early 1943 and trained as a navigator on Ansons in South Africa and the UK, then Wellingtons and Stirlings, before joining No. 49 Squadron flying Lancasters, based at Fisketron, Fulbeck and Syerston. He completed 28 operations, including the February 1945 Dresden operation, before leaving the RAF at the end of hostilities to resume his civilian career as a musician.