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PALMER, ROBERT ANTHONY MAURICE

Rank:
Squadron Leader
Trade:
Pilot
Service No:
115772
Date of Death:
23/12/1944
Age:
24
Regiment/Service:
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
 
109 Sqdn.
Awards:
V C, D F C and Bar
Grave Reference:
Joint grave 14. C. 13-14.
Cemetery:
RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Arthur Robert and Lillian Palmer, of Gravesend, Kent; brother of Douglas Palmer.

Citation

The following is taken from the London Gazette of March 20th 1945 :- This officer had completed 110 bombing missions. Most of them involved deep penetration of heavily defended territory; many were low-level "marking" operations against vital targets; all were executed with tenacity, high courage and great accuracy, so that he was invariably selected for particularly important missions. The finest example of his courage and determination was on December 23rd 1944, when he led a formation of Lancasters to attack the marshalling yards at Cologne in daylight. Before the target was reached heavy anti-aircraft fire was encountered and two of his plane's engines were set on fire. Squadron Leader Palmer ignored the double risk of fire and explosion in his aircraft and kept on. He made a perfect approach and his bombs hit the target. His aircraft was last seen spiralling to the earth in flames. Squadron Leader Palmer was an outstanding pilot. He displayed conspicuous bravery. His record of prolonged and heroic endeavour is beyond praise.

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RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY

Country:
Germany
Locality:
Nordrhein-Westfalen

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