Robert Alfred Green

Memorial: South Gloucestershire war dead not on a local memorial

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Medals: 1939–45 Star, War Medal 1939–1945

Rank and number: Sergeant Flight Engineer 1587182

Parents: Arthur Robert and Miriam Eleanor Green

Marital status: Single

Home address: 19 Chiphouse Road, Kingswood

Pre-war occupation: Grocery shop assistant

Date of birth: 15/03/1924

Date of death: 04/05/1944

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Courtisols (St. Memmie) Churchyard,

Age: 20

Further information:

Robert was the son of a heavy goods yard inspector and the youngest of four children with two brothers and a sister.

Robert enlisted in the RAF in September 1941. From 1943, Robert's squadron was stationed at Kirmington Lincolnshire and took part in coastal raids of France during the German occupation. In the run up to the D-day landings RAF squadrons including 166 Squadron, undertook various bombing missions to help ensure the success of the Normandy Invasion. On the night of the 3rd of May 1944, Robert was part of a crew of seven on board Lancaster Bomber ME643 which took part in a raid on Mailly-le-Camp Marne France, with the purpose of destroying a Panzer Division that was based there. Robert’s aircraft was shot down during this mission and all on board were killed. A total of 314 aircraft took part in what turned out to be a successful operation but in the process 44 planes were shot down and 249 lives were lost.

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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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