Sergeant (Observer)PARISH, GRAHAM LESLIE

Service Number 1115314

Died 16/09/1942

Aged 30

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

G C

Son of Stephen Owbridge and Ethel May Parish, of Broomhill, Sheffield. A.L.A.

Inscription

LIFE CHANGES MANY THINGS BUT NOT OUR LOVE FOR YOU, DEAR. TILL WE MEET AGAIN

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of 3rd April, 1943

Sergeant Graham Leslie Parish was the navigator of an aircraft during a delivery flight to the Middle East Command. Shortly after taking off from an airfiled in the Sudan in September 1942 the port engine failed and the pilot returned and attempted to land, but the bomber struck a building and burst into flames. The fire was so intense that no assistance could be given to the navigator at the Astro hatch or to the passenger inside. Sergeant Parish's body was found leaning against the rear gun turret, with that of the passenger, who had broken his leg and whose arm was across the airman's shoulder. Sergeant Parish had clearly carried him a distance of eight yards in the hope of effecting their escape through the turret, but both had been overcome and burnt to death in the attempt. Sergeant Parish could have made his escape through the Astro hatch, but his unselfish desire to assist the passenger cost him his life. He displayed gallantry of the highest order

Buried at KHARTOUM WAR CEMETERY

Location: Sudan
Number of casualties: 409

Cemetery/memorial reference: 11. C. 7.

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
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.