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Escreet, Raymond Frankish

Date of birth:
June 3rd, 1922 (Withernsea/Yorkshire, Great Britain)
Date of death:
March 21st, 1945 (Maulusmühle, Luxembourg)
Buried on:
Memorial and War Graves Hudson Transport Airplane
Service number:
1060152/143469, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Raymond Frankish Escreet was born on June 3rd, 1922 as the son to Frankish Henry and Janet Escreet.

He was killed on March 21st, 1945 as Wireless Operator with the rank of Flight Lieutenant in Lockheed Hudson, FK803 "MA-N", 161 Squadron, that crashed near Maulusmühle during SOE Operatie Benedict to Germany.

The Pilot of the aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Terence Helfer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, managed to escape by parachute. The other crew members and three Belgian Secret Agents were killed. The total crew excisted of:
- Pilot, Flight Lieutenant Terence Helfer, 127041 RAFVR;
- Wireless Operator, Flying Officer Raymond Frankish Escreet, 143469 RAFVR, KIA;
- Navigator, Flying Officer Henry Scurr Johnson, 168807 RAFVR, KIA;
- Air Gunner, Flying Officer Forrest Harold Thompson, 412766 RNZAF, KIA;
- Guy José Florent Corbisier, KIA;
- Léon Ghislain de Winter, KIA;
- Jean-Jacques Morel, KIA.

Promotions:
?: Sergeant;
March 15th, 1943: Pilot Officer on probation (emergency);
September 15th, 1943: Flying Officer on probation (war subs.);
March 15th, 1945: Flight Lieutenant (war subs.).

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sergeant
Unit:
No. 15 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
June 15th, 1943
Details:
LG 36054/2731.
Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)

Sources

  • Photo 1: Familie
  • Photo 2: Mia van den Berg
  • Photo: Family
  • - Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 21st May 1943, Issue 36027, dated 25th May 1943
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 11th Jne 1943, Issue 36054, dated 15th June 1943
    - Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 14th September 1943, Issue 36175, dated 17th September 1943
    - Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 3rd April 1945, Issue 37017, dated 6th April 1945
    - Commonwealth Wargraves Commission
    - Free Belgians
    - Roll of Honour

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