Squadron Leader (Pilot)PALMER, ROBERT ANTHONY MAURICE

Service Number 115772

Died 23/12/1944

Aged 24

109 Sqdn.
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

V C, D F C and Bar

Son of Arthur Robert and Lillian Palmer, of Gravesend, Kent; brother of Douglas Palmer.

Inscription

'A LONELY IMPULSE OF DELIGHT DROVE TO THIS TUMULT IN THE CLOUDS'

Citation

The following is taken from the London Gazette of March 20th 1945

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This officer had completed 110 bombing missions. Most of them involved deep penetration of heavily defended territory; many were low-level 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.

Buried at RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY

Location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Number of casualties: 3183

Cemetery/memorial reference: Joint grave 14. C. 13-14.

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Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.