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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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RAF Crest
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 II

Serial: AB767

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


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, Unteroffizier Ernst Wilhelm Meissler and Unteroffizier Helmuth Scheidt.

Right: Luftwaffe ace Fw. Hans Hahn (courtesy Tom Kracker) See Kracker Archive on this site.

Burial details:

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.

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