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Name: Robert GRAHAM
Casualty No.: Ranks: Sergeant Observer Initials: R Service No.:
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 32
Unit: 90 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 6 Donkin Terrace, Bank Top, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: Clara Vale, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Miner at Clara Vale Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Saturday 28th August 1943
Place of Death: Germany
Battle/Campaign: Undertaking air operations.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St John's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Font, at Robert Young Memorial Methodist Church, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, Germany.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. Air Crew Europe Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Son of William and Hannah Elizabeth Graham, of Clara Vale, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Husband of Dorothy Graham, of 6 Donkin Terrace, Bank Top, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Sons: Robin and Brian.
Notes : Stirling bomber 111EF439 took off from RAF Wratting Common, Cambridgeshire, to bomb Nurnberg in Germany. The aircraft was shot down and crashed at Hasselburg, where the crew were buried. Out of a crew of seven, only Sergeant Mainprice survived the crash, but he was captured and held as a prisoner of war. Bomber Command losses on the raid were: twelve Halifax's, eleven Stirlings, and nine Lancaster bombers.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Blaydon Courier, 16th September 1943. Newcastle Evening Chronicle, In Memoriam, 26th August 1944. Newcastle Journal, 7th September 1943.
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