Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. J Graham

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James Graham joined the RAF in October 1938 as an Aircrafthand. He later remustered as an Airman u/t Air Gunner and after completing his training he joined 236 Squadron on 1st September 1940.

Graham was serving with 7 Squadron at Oakington in 1941. In June he was rear gunner of a Stirling which was attacked by two fighters twenty miles west of Texel. They came in simultaneously from the port and starboard quarters. During the action, Graham’s reflector sight stopped working and two of his guns jammed. Despite continuous attacks he repaired his sight, cleared his stoppages and then shot down one of the enemy fighters into the sea.

For this action he was awarded the DFM (gazetted 4th July 1941).

Graham was commissioned in February 1942. He was killed on 26th June 1942 when Stirling I W7442 ‘B’ of 1651 Conversion Unit was shot down by a night fighter during a raid to Bremen.

Also lost were:

P/O AJ Kenny
F/Lt. WM Livingston
P/O LA Booth
P/O FL Flynn
Sgt. R Coates
Sgt. W Bennett

Gordon is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 69.



Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner


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