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James Richard Gratton

Portrait of Flight Sergeant James Richard Gratton, Auckland Weekly News, 7 October 1942. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19421007-18-35. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Flight Sergeant James Richard Gratton, Auckland Weekly News, 7 October 1942. Sir George …


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    James Richard AWMM
  • Surname
    Gratton AWMM
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    • WWII 402996 AWMM
    • WWII NZ402996 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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  • Birth
    30 June 1917 Births, Deaths and Marriages
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    Air Force AWMM
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    • WWII 402996 AWMM
    • WWII NZ402996 AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    29 July 1942 AWMM
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  • His aircraft, X3452, a Vickers Wellington Mk III medium bomber from the base at Feltwell, was coned by searchlights over the target of Hamburg on 29 July 1942. As it lost height in evading the lights it was hit by light AA fire and ditched in the River Elbe. Four of the five crew including Ronald became Prisoners of War and all survived captivity in Stalag VIIIB at Lamsdorf. AWMM


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    18 November 2000 Births, Deaths and Marriages
    North Shore CityAuckland Births, Deaths and Marriages
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    North Shore Memorial Park and Crematorium, Schnapper Rock, North Shore City, New Zealand AWMM
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