Personnel Index - Detail

Name
GRAVES-HOOK
First Names
Philip Rodney
Rank
P/O
Service
RAF
Service Number
172589
Crew Position
Pilot
Age
24
Date of Death
23/05/1944
Cemetery

 

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke
 

22/23 May, 1944; BRUNSWICK:

Over 220 Lancasters from 1 and 5 Groups plus 10 Mosquitoes made up the force sent to Brunswick.
As the Master Bomber arrived over Brunswick with his 5 Group marker force, they found 10/10ths cloud covering the target; the met forecast had predicted clear weather. With these conditions the 5 Group method of marking could not cope, and the raid became a failure. At interrogation back at Fiskerton, crews reported bombing the concentration of fires, and also 'Wanganui' flares as they disappeared into cloud. Thirteen Lancasters were lost on the raid, and once again one came from 49 Squadron.

It is not known if the loss of P/O Philip Graves-Hook and crew was the result flak or fighter... there were no survivors. The 24 year-old pilot rests along-side his crew in Becklingen War Cemetery in Soltau, Germany.
 

Lancaster NE125 (EA-K)
P/O P.R. Graves-Hook Pilot (Killed)
Sgt E.G. Jones F/E (Killed)
F/O W.G. Johnson RCAF NAV (Killed)
Sgt N.M. Goldberg W/OP (Killed)
F/O F.A.N. Clifton A/G (Killed)
F/O F.E. Sinden A/B (Killed)
F/S G.H. Little A/G (Killed)

Crew on their 7th operation