- Ralph Charles Wingrove
- Died Age 24 on 08/04/1945
- Oxford (Botley) Cemetery Plot H/1. Grave 180
Ralph Charles Wingrove was an RAF Wireless Operator who enlisted
in the RAF on 12 October 1937. He left England aboard SS Neuralia
on 5 November 1938 for service with 211 Squadron in the Middle
East. It is known that he flew at least 18 operations during his
time in the desert.
Wingrove documented his time in the Middle East in a 46-page,
leatherette photo album. Each image is carefully titled and dated,
the pages running from November 1938 through to August 1945. Take a
look at a few of his personal images, below.
AC Wingrove, right: SS Neuralia 5 November 1938
The Pile 'em Inn: Christmas 1938 Helwan
Lads of HQ [211 Squadron] Helwan late 38 or early 1939
By early 1945, Ralph was a Warrant Officer flying with No 1653
Heavy Conversion Unit out of North Luffenham. From here, he ran
training flights to prepare airmen for flying the newer 4-engine
heavy bombers, such as the Avro Lancaster. Unfortunately, it was
during one of these training flights that Ralph, and the rest of
his crew, lost their lives.
His Lancaster took off from North Luffenham on 8 April 1945 and
shortly after lost control crashing near Scraptoft on the eastern
outskirts of Leicester.
The six crew lost were:
F/O Norman Edward Cook, 23
Sgt J Winterbottom, 24
F/O Thomas Neale, 22
W/O Ralph Charles Wingrove, 24
Sgt Gerald Gore, 20
Sgt James Frederick John Stanley, 20