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1029884   Sergeant Henry James Graham
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 25/11/2018
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 547 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (British Air Force)
Died: 18/08/1943 (Killed in Action)
Age: 21
Summary      
Henry James Graham was the son of William John and Aletta Gertrude Graham. Henry was born in Cologne in Germany in 1922. On the 18th August 1943, a Wellington K of 547 Squadron was airborne at Davidstow Moor at 13:27hrs, on a Musketry patrol. It was later reported that the aircraft failed to return. The aircraft was shot down by Oblt Herman Horstmann, StKapt 13/KG 40. The crew of the Wellington included Sgt H.J. Graham, age 21.
Further Information
Henry James Graham was the son of William John and Aletta Gertrude Graham. Henry was born in Cologne in Germany in 1922. Both his parents it seems were in the military.
Henry had a sister, Joan Elizabeth Graham, born 31st December 1930, whose birth was registered in Pomeroy, County Tyrone.
Sergeant Henry James Graham served with the Air Force in World War Two.
On the 18th August 1943, a Wellington K of 547 Squadron was airborne at Davidstow Moor at 13:27hrs, on a Musketry patrol. It was later reported that the aircraft failed to return. The aircraft was shot down by Oblt Herman Horstmann, StKapt 13/KG 40. The crew of the Wellington were as follows: F/Sgt J. Clarke - Pilot, F/O N.W. Springer, Sgt C.R. Byers, Sgt G. Hasdell, Sgt G. Smith and Sgt H.J. Graham, age 21.
No.547 Squadron was formed at Holmsley South on 21 October 1942, as a unit of Coastal Command equipped with Wellingtons. Initially it was trained as an anti-shipping squadron equipped for both bombing and torpedo-dropping but in May 1943 it was re-allocated to anti-submarine duties, beginning patrols from south-west England in June. At the end of October, crews began conversion to Liberators and patrols over the Bay of Biscay continued with this type. In September 1944 the squadron moved to Scotland, where patrols were mixed with attacks on enemy shipping off the Danish and Norwegian coasts until the end of the war. On 4 June 1945, the squadron was disbanded
The CWGC record Sergeant H J Graham as the son of William John and Aletta Gertrude Graham of Portobello Staffordshire.
Sergeant Graham has no known grave and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey.
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1 Aircrew remembered Details of the aircraft crew
2 Forum discussion Information on the Graham family
3 RAF Archives History of 547 Squadron
4 RAF Davidstown Moor Details of crash
5 Runnymede - panel 151 Top Photo of Sergeant Henry James Graham's inscription
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