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b: 28 Mar 1910
r: 28 Apr 1962
d: 14 Feb
CB 12 Jun 1958, CBE
9 Jun 1955, DSO- 22 Aug 1941, DFC 9 Jan 1942, MiD
- 1 Jan 1941, MC (Czech 1939)
10 Jan 1941
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Off (P): 10 Apr 1931, Plt Off: 10 Apr 1932, Fg Off:
10 Nov 1932, Flt Lt: 1 Apr 1936,
Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1938, (T) Wg Cdr:
1 Mar 1941, Wg Cdr (WS): 27 Jan
1943, Act Gp Capt: 22
Jun 1943?, Gp Capt (WS): 22 Dec
1943?, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1944,
1 Oct 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1947, A/Cdre: 1 Jan
1954, Act AVM: 19 Dec 1955, AVM:
1 Jul 1956.
U/T Pilot, No 3 FTS.
Pilot, No 56 Sqn.
Pilot/Flight Commander, No 45 Sqn.
Adjutant, RAF Heliopolis.
Attended School of Air Navigation.
Group Navigation Officer, HQ No 3 (Bomber) Group.
xx Aug 1940: Seconded as Flight Commander/Navigation Instructor, No 311 (Czech) Sqn.
Navigation Staff Officer, HQ Bomber Command.
Officer Commanding, No 7 Sqn. (Stirlings)
Command Navigation Officer, HQ Bomber Command.
Officer Commanding, RAF Wyton.
Deputy Director, Directorate of Navigation.
Head of Flying Control, HQ Transport Command.
Officer Commanding, No 5 FTS/RAF Oakington.
Director of Operations (3).
AOC, No 23 (Training) Group.
AOA, HQ Flying Training Command.
A South African, he originally intended to make a
career at sea having been educated on the Training Ship ''General Botha''
followed by five years (1926 -31) with the Union Castle Line.
Stirlings which were promptly attacked by 12 Bf
109's, for a while he was able to hold off the German attack but the three
bombers were eventually separated. However,
he managed to hold his aircraft steady thereby giving his gunners a steady
platform, a tactic which resulted in a 109 being seen to go down having
attempted a head on attack and narrowly missed his Stirling.
On 15 August 1941, he was returning from an operation to Magdenburg in
N6041 when it overshot the runway at Oakington and crashed, although all the
crew were uninjured.
He retired from the RAF and returned to his native
South Africa to take up farming and from 1966 to 1969, was a member of the
Citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying
Wing Commander Henry Rudolph GRAHAM, D.S.O. (32009), No.7 Squadron.
day in December 1941, a strong force of bomber aircraft carried out a determined
attack on the German warships Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at Brest.
The operation was carried out in the face of extremely heavy and accurate
anti-aircraft fire and determined attacks by enemy fighters.
Nevertheless the air crews engaged pressed home their attacks to the
utmost and succeeded in scoring hits on their objectives.
Several enemy aircraft were shot down.
The success of the operation, which demanded the highest degree of skill
and courage ,reflects the greatest credit on the efforts of the following
officers and airmen who participated in various capacities as leaders and members of aircraft crews: -
This was a general citation for a
number of awards
(London Gazette 9 Jan
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