Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. R H B Fraser

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Privacy Statement The Airmen’s Stories – Sgt. R H B Fraser

 

Robert Henry Braund Fraser was born on 1st March 1920 in Glasgow, he joined the RAFVR in July 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. He carried out his pre-war elementary flying training at 12 E&RFTS Prestwick.

Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 10 FTS Ternhill on No. 16 Course which ran from 16th November 1939 to 11th May 1940.

 

           

Above images courtesy of Jane McDevitt, his great-niece, who also forwarded the letters below.

 

On the 17th he joined 257 Squadron, just starting to reform at Hendon. Fraser and Sergeants RV Forward and AG Girdwood were the first pilots to arrive.

On 3rd September 1940 Fraser probably destroyed a Me110 near North Weald.

He was shot down and killed on 22nd October in combat with Me109’s over Folkestone.

His Hurricane, V6851, crashed and burned out at Moat Farm, Shadoxhurst.

Fraser was 20. He is buried in Craigton Cemetery, Glasgow.

 

 

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Ternhill 15.11.39

Dear Rena,

Thanks for your letter the other day. I am well and fit all right you get no chance to be anything else here.

I hope you enjoy your classes, still four hours a week is not very much when you are trying to learn something. I do 25 a week and still don’t know much.

You say you are sending me shirt bands, that’s fine I have lost the elastic bands I’ve been using. Tell mother not to send any biscuits until I write for them and at the same time thank her for the last lot. Tell father I went solo in Harvards on Monday and that up until now I have done about 12 hours flying the rest of the time I’ve been at lectures. There is no more at the moment to talk about. I’ll send mother a better letter later on.

Until then. Cheers. Yours Bobby.

 

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Letter from The Boys Brigade to Mary Fraser mother of Robert Henry Braund Fraser.

 

The Boys Brigade Company 35 Wedderlea Drive.

25th October 1940

Dear Mrs Fraser,

Mr Reid has passed on to me the sad news you received about Bobbie.

To those of us who knew him his passing means a very real loss. What it must mean to Mr Fraser yourself and family we can hardly imagine.

The Prime Minister expressed not long ago the debt which the whole country owed to these few gallant young men who saved the country from invasion. May we, the common people of the land, never forget what we owe to them. What would have happened to this land of ours had these young men not prepared themselves in advance it is difficult to realise.

I shall always remember with happiness my contacts with Robert during his period in the company and I shall treasure the recollections of the brief conversations we had since he went on active service. There was no mummer of complaint, no suggestions that the country was imposing on him or others like him by asking them to do too much but rather an air of satisfaction in being able to do this service and a readiness to go on doing it so long as lay in his favour

The hearts of many will go out to all of you in this tragic bereavement which has befallen you.

I am sure it will be the wish of others in the company who knew Robert to be associated with me in this humble message of sympathy.

Yours very sincerely ? G Gatuson?

 

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Above: the Scout Group local to the crash site have commemorated Fraser on their group badge.

 

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On 4th April 2013 a memorial stone was unveiled close to the crash site on private land.

An account of the event can be seen at:

www.battleofbritainmemorial.org/gallery/?gsid=shadoxhurst-tribute-to-sgt-bobby-fraser

 

 

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