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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. N N Palmer


Norman Nelson Palmer, of Rayleigh, Essex, was born on 14th October 1920, the son of Arthur and Emily Mildred Palmer.

He joined the RAFVR in June 1939 as an Airman u/t Observer. He was called up on 1st September 1939 and after completing his training he joined 248 Squadron, operating Blenheims, on 25th September 1940.

His subsequent service is currently unknown until 8th February 1942, when he was killed serving with 407 (RCAF) Squadron, a Hudson maritime-reconnaissance unit.

Hudson AM617 'A' failed to return after setting off before dawn to intercept a convoy reported moving southwards from Terschelling.

P/O JR McCulloch, Sgt. LJ Hodson and Sgt. AK Cobb were also lost.

Palmer was shown as co-pilot on this flight so he may have re-trained as a pilot after 1940.

He was 21 and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 75.



Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner.


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