Leading AircraftmanGRAVELL, KARL MANDER

Service Number R/97644

Died 10/11/1941

Aged 19

Royal Canadian Air Force

G C

Son of Carl Helge Gravell and Anna Lisa Gravell, of Vancouver.

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of 11th June, 1942

In November 1941 a training aircraft in which L.A.C. Gravell was the Wireless Operator/Air Gunner crashed and burst into flames. He managed to extricate himself and get clear of the wreckage, suffering severe burns and the loss of an eye. His first and only thought was for the pilot, still in the aircraft, and despite his injuries and burning clothing he attempted to reach the flaming wreckage and pull the pilot clear. He was dragged hack and rolled on the ground to extinguish the flames which enveloped him. but subsequently died from burns. Had he not considered the pilot before his own safety he would probably not have lost his life.

Buried at VANCOUVER (MOUNTAIN VIEW) CEMETERY

Location: British Columbia, Canada
Number of casualties: 587

Cemetery/memorial reference: Abray. Block 4. Plot 7. Lot 2.


Cemetery details

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