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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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14.05.1940 No. 1 Squadron Hurricane I L1676 F/O. Lorimer

Operation: Patrol

Date: 14th May 1940 (Tuesday)

Unit: No.1 Squadron

Type: Hurricane I

Serial. L1676

Code: Not known

Location: South West of Rethel, France

Pilot: Flying Officer Robert Laurie Lorimer 37731 RAF Age? Missing


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.

Burial details:

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. ?,

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