Gordon Leonard Rabbetts

Memorial: South Gloucestershire war dead not on a local memorial

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Medals: 1939–45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, War Medal 1939–1945

Rank and number: Sergeant wireless operator/air gunner

Marital status: Married

Home address: Fishponds, Bristol

Date of birth: 1925

Date of death: 17/05/1945

Buried/Commemorated at: Mangotsfield Downend Cemetery

Age: 20

Further information:

On the day of his death Gordon was one of a crew of seven in Lancaster bomber RF124 which left RAF East Kirkby, Lincolnshire, to take part in a routine training exercise. The aircraft came down and crashed in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, killing all on-board in circumstances that remain a mystery. The crash left a five-foot crater with the plane's wreckage spread over two miles. The wreckage and initially the remains of the crew were buried in the crater and a local minister performed a simple funeral ceremony. The bodies were later removed to cemeteries local to the families. Gordon was killed just over a year after his marriage TO Valerie Mary Skuse and a few days after the war had officially ended.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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