14.05.1940 No. 1 Squadron Hurricane I L1676 F/O. Lorimer
Date: 14th May 1940 (Tuesday)
Unit: No.1 Squadron
Type: Hurricane I
Code: Not known
Location: South West of Rethel, France
Pilot: Flying Officer Robert Laurie Lorimer 37731 RAF Age? Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
This aircraft was shot down in combat South West of Rethel, France by Bf109's at 08:30 hrs. The pilot is still listed as missing in action, despite his burnt out Hurricane being found by the French - in the same area as F/O. Clisby's machine.
The day before this aircraft and pilot were lost, Robert Lorimer forced landed in Hurricane I, serial number L1681 between St. Loupe - Terria. Believed due to combat damage.
F/O. Lorimer on left, together with his best friend, Australian ace F/O. Clisby (1) Runnymede Memorial (archives)
Members of 1 Squadron taken just days before F/O. Lorimer was lost. He is shown 3rd from left with his friend F/O. Clisby 2nd from left.
(1) F/O. Clisby
sadly also killed during this operation.
None, Despite exhaustive searching by members of M.R.E.Unit his grave has never been 'positively' identified and consequently he is remembered on the Memorial at Runnymede. F/O. Robert Laurie Lorimer. Runnymede Memorial; Panel 6. Next of kin details currently unavailable.
With thanks to the following for information supplied, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Peter Cornwell - 'Battle of France Then and Now', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. ?,