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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. R Crombie


Robert Crombie of Lightwater, Surrey, was born on 29th December 1910 in Paris, France.

He married Phyllis Edina Helson Luscombe in July 1933.



Crombie joined the RAF in September 1939, mustered as a u/t Air Gunner. He completed his training and then joined 141 Squadron at Turnhouse in 1940.

The squadron went south to West Malling on 12th July and Crombie was in one of nine Defiants attacked by Me109's of III/JG51 off Dover on 19th July. His aircraft, L6974, was shot down into the Channel. The pilot, P/O JR Kemp, and Crombie were both reported 'Missing'.

Crombie was 29. With no known grave, his name is on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 13.


(Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner)


He is also commemorated on a family grave at Lightwater as Robert William (below).




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