The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. R B Price
Robert Buckton Price from Acomb, Yorkshire, was born in late 1917, the son of Captain William Alfred Price, formerly The Border Regiment and Hilda Alice Maud Price (nee Buckton).
He joined the RAF in May 1936 as an Aircrafthand.
Price later remustered as an Airman u/t Pilot and, after a short time with 54 Squadron in September 1940, joined 245 Squadron at Aldergrove on 27th September.
He was then posted to 73 Squadron at Castle Camps on 14th October moving to 222 Squadron at Hornchurch on 23rd September.
He was killed on 15th November 1941 as a Flight Sergeant with 33 Squadron, he was 24 years old and is remembered on the Alamein Memorial.
A surprise attack was mounted by Ju88 bombers escorted by Me110 fighters on the oasis of Giarabub, deep in the desert on the Libyan side of the border with Egypt. Damage was caused to the Blenheims of 113 Squadron and the Hurricanes of 33 Squadron. Price was one of those scrambled to intercept but he was shot down by the Me110s.
Photographs courtesy of Colonel C R Romberg RA, British Embassy Cairo.