The Airmen's Stories - P/O M Kramer
Marcus Kramer was born in Bermondsey, London on 25th December 1911 and worked as a pharmacist in Thorpe Bay, Essex. He joined the RAFVR about March 1939 as an Airman u/t Observer. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training, was commissioned in early February 1940 and joined 600 Squadron at Manston in March.
On 10th May 1940 Kramer flew as gunner with P/O RC Haine in L1514 BQ*N as one of six Blenheims detailed for an afternoon attack on Waalhaven aerodrome, Rotterdam which had been captured by German paratroopers that morning. After the attack the Blenheims were jumped by Me110's and five were shot down. Kramer, Haine and the CO's navigator, Sgt. Davis, evaded capture and made their way to the Hague from where they were evacuated by HMS Hereward to Harwich.
Kramer was awarded the DFC (gazetted 9th July 1940). He was posted to 256 Squadron at Catterick on 1st January 1941. He left for HQ 10 Group on 3rd February as Group Gunnery Officer.
He was killed on 21st May 1941 as a Flight Lieutenant with 29 Squadron, aged 29. Tiger Moth II N6853 of 10 Group Communications Flight ditched in the River Severn near Beachley, Gloucestershire after running out of fuel in bad weather. S/Ldr. WJ Methven was also lost.
Kramer's body was not found and he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 29.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner