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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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11/12th August 1944 2 Support Unit Mosquito FB.VII LR271 F/O. Muirson

Operation: Training

Date: 11/12th August 1944 (Friday/Saturday)

Unit: No. No. 2 Support Unit. 2 Group. 2nd Tactical Air Force

Type: Mosquito FB.VII

Serial: LR271

Code: -

Base: RAF Swanton Morley, Norfolk

Location: North East Shepherds Grove airfield

Pilot: F/O. Geoffrey Neville Muirson NZ/421523 RNZAF Age 22. Killed

Nav: F/O. Robert Bavin Graham NZ/414282 RNZAF Age 24. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

During a cross country exercise reported that the starboard engine was overheating and whilst making an emergency approach to RAF Shepherds Grove crashed on the crosswind leg at 00:13 hrs. Both crew killed.

Burial details:

F/O. Geoffrey Neville Muirson. Cambridge City Cemetery. Grave 14303. Born on the 14th March 1922 at Christchurch. aWorked for Christchurch City Council as a clerk prior to service. Enlisted on the 27th February 1942 at Rongata. Awarded pilots badge and commissioned on the 09th July 1943. Son of Francis Duncan Muirson and Hildred Ivy Muirson (née West), of New Brighton, Auckland, New Zealand. 411 flying hours logged with 67 on the Mosquito.

F/O. Robert Bavin Graham. Cambridge City Cemetery . Grave 14303. Born on the 25th June 1920 at Auckland. Worked for Armstrong and Springhall as a typewriter mechanic prior to service. Enlisted at Levin on the 27th July 1941. Awarded his observers badge and promoted to sergeant on the 04th July 1942. Served with 8 squadron RCAF with Western Air Command at Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia. Commissioned 25th May 1943. Embarked for UK on the 24th November 1943. Son of R. E. Graham, and Margaret Graham (née Bavin), of Auckland City, New Zealand and husband of Sheila Mary Graham (née Gregory), of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 401 flying hours logged. Completed 10 operational sorties with 8 squadron in Canada.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 05-03-2021

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Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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