11.10.1941 No. 12 FTS Airspeed Oxford AB767 Sgt. Thomas D. Graham
Operation: Pilot training
Date: 11th October 1941 (Saturday)
Unit: 12 FTS (Flying Training School)
Type: Airspeed Oxford
Base: RAF Spittlegate (Grantham)
Location: Dysart Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire
Pilot: Sgt. Thomas Daye Graham 1101590 RAFVR Age 19. Killed
Pilot U/T: Cpl. Samuel John Edwards 655962 RAF Age 29. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
On a pilot training flight (night) from RAF Spittlegate, Grantham. During the flight, a Ju88C-4 flown by Fw. Hans Hahn started to attack the unarmed Oxford.
Bringing his aircraft into an attack position, he either misjudged his distance, or the crew of the Oxford tried a manoeuvre to escape the attack. He collided with AB767 - both aircraft crashed, killing both the crews. The Ju-88C ‘R4+NL’ (Wn: 0851) crashed near the village of Barrowby, with the Oxford crashing on Dysart Road, in Grantham.
Fw. Hans Hahn was an ace at this time with a total of 12 abschüsse.
The other two crew members were also killed in the crash, Unt. E.W. Meissler, Unt. H. Scheift.
Right: Luftwaffe ace Fw. Hans Hahn (courtesy Tom Kracker) See Kracker Archive on this site.
Sgt. Thomas Daye Graham. New Kilpatrick Cemetery. Sec D. Grave 507. Son of John and Elizabeth Graham, of Bearsden, Glasgow, Scotland.
Cpl. Samuel John Edwards. Downend Christ Churchyard. Son of Edward Gray Edwards and Lily Maud Edwards, husband of Vera Edwards, of Fishponds, Bristol, England.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Mark Hudson for grave photo and bringing this loss to our attention. Also to Scottish War Graves for photograph of the grave of the pilot. Tom Kracker - 'Kracker Luftwaffe Archives'. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.