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Name: Lawrence BLAIR
Casualty No.: Ranks: Sergeant Initials: L Service No.: 955468
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 21
Unit: 76 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
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Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address:
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment:
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Tuesday 30th December 1941
Place of Death:
Battle/Campaign: Undertaking air operations.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St John's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Hookergate School Memorial, Highfield, Co. Durham.
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. Air Crew Europe Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
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Family Details:
Son of Robert Ridley Blair and Alice Blair, of Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Notes : Lawrence was educated at Greenside and Hookergate schools. His father worked as a butcher at Barmoor Co-operative Stores, West Ryton. Lawrence was a crew member of Halifax L9615 of 76 Squadron RAF, based at Middleton St. George (Teeside International Airport). On 30th December 1941, the Halifax took off on a mission to sink the German warships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau which were hiding in Brest harbour, France. L9615 was shot down along with two other aircraft, one from 10 Squadron and the other from 35 Squadron. L9615 possibly crashed into the sea.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Newcastle Sunday Sun, 27th October 1943. Information from family members.
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