In Memory of

Robert George Frederick BRYANT

Sergeant
1334545
Navigator/Bomber

90 Squadron
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

who died on
Sunday 28 February 1943

Grave or Reference Panel Number: Plot P. Coll. grave 1-5.

 

Leonard Joseph HUMPHREY

Sergeant
1395877
Air Gunner

90 Squadron
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

who died on
Sunday 28 February 1943. Age 26

'Eternal Rest
Give unto him,
O lord;
May he rest in Peace
Amen'

Additional Information:
Son of Joseph Victor and Emily Humphrey, of Erith, Kent; husband of Joan Dora Humphrey, of Erith.

Grave or Reference Panel Number: Plot P. Coll. grave 1-5.

 

Edward (Teddy) LEAR

Flying Officer
126018
Navigator

90 Squadron
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

who died on
Sunday 28 February 1943. Age 22

'In memory
Of our dearly beloved 'Teddy'
Wife Lillian,
Mother, brother and sisters'

Additional Information:
Son of Thomas and Beatrice Lear; husband of Lillian Margaret Lear, of Stockwell, London.

Grave or Reference Panel Number: Plot P. Coll. grave 1-5.

 

Ronald Vivian Steven ROOKE

Sergeant
1376950
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner

90 Squadron
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Who died on
Sunday 28 February 1943. Age 22

'You are ever
in our thoughts,
Darling son and brother'

Additional Information:
Son of Claude Stephen and Grace Lillian Rooke, of Hammersmith, London.

Grave or Reference Panel Number: Plot P. Coll. grave 1-5.

 

Vernon Enright SPAIN

Pilot Officer
413499
Pilot

90 (R.A.F.) Squadron
Royal New Zealand Air Force

who died on
Sunday 28 February 1943. Age 29

Additional Information:
Son of William Henry
and Margaret Mary Spain;

Husband of Olga M. C. Spain, of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.

Grave or Reference Panel Number: Plot P. Coll. grave 1-5.

 

Cemetery:
AVRANCHES COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Manche, France.

Location:
In June 1940 it was for a few days the Headquarters of "Norman-force", consisting of 3rd Armoured Brigade, 71st Field Regiment R.A., 157th Infantry Brigade and 52nd Divisional Troop Carrying Coy, R.A.S.C., prior to the departure of all British forces from the peninsula.
The communal cemetery is north-east of the town, on the N.176 road to Caen and Vire, and the entrance is about 180 metres east of its junction with the N.173 road to Granville. There are 5 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-1945 war here, in a military plot in the north eastern corner.

Visiting Information:
Avranches is a town and sub-prefecture on the west coast of the Cherbourg peninsula.

Circumstances:
Sunday 28 February/Monday 1 March 1943

ROYAL AIR FORCE BOMBER COMMAND

Raid on Saint-Nazaire, France (by 437 aircraft - 9 lost)

90 Squadron, RAF (Ridgewell, Essex - 3 Group, Bomber Command)

RAF 90 Squadron crew buried in Avranches in 1943

Stirling I R9349 WP-'U' took off at 1807 and exploded in the air after being hit by flak at 2200, crashing in a field (at Clos sous les Bois, town of Carnet, a kilometre from St James, 19km south of Avranches). Two RAF Sergeants, J. McGHIE (who sustained a dislocated shoulder when his parachute deployed) and K H. JACKSON succeeded in baling out before the explosion and were taken prisoner. Their five comrades are buried at Avranches.
Captain: NZ413499 Pilot Officer Vernon Enright SPAIN, RNZAF - Age 29. 485hours. 17th operation.

Many thanks to Errol MARTYN from New Zealand (author of the trilogy ‘For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915’).

2 March 1943, Avranches Cemetery.
Arthur Pasquali Von Farawall, Kreiskommandant of Avranches, pays a last tribute to the five 90 Squadron airmen before their burial.

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