Graveley, Reginald Cubitt

Date of birth:
March 10th, 1914 (Leyton/Londen, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
September 16th, 1961
Service number:
39315
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Promotions:
October 12th, 1937: Pilot Officer;
April 12th, 1939: Flying Officer;
September 3rd, 1940: Flight Lieutenant;
December 16th, 1941: Temporary Squadron Leader (as from December 1st, 1941).

Reginald Cubitt Graveley was dismissed form service on March 5th, 1943 by sentence from General Court Martial. Reginald Graveley's medals are on display in the Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon, Great Britain.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Flying Officer
Unit:
No. 88 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
November 14th, 1939
Action:
Citation:
"This officer displayed great gallantry and a total disregard of his own safety when the aircraft of which he was the pilot was shot down by an enemy fighter in September, 1939, and crashed in flames. Though badly burned, he pulled his wounded air observer from the wreckage to a place of safety and then returned to rescue the air gunner. He found the airman dead, however, and was unable to lift him from the cockpit."
Details:
Was permitted to keep the EGM beceause he earned it during action for his country, but was not allowed to wear it after receiving the George Cross.
British Empire Medal (BEM & EGM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Flying Officer
Unit:
No. 88 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
September 23rd, 1940
George Cross
Action:
Received award for for his help by an air crash rescue in Great Britain in September 1939. Exchanged with the EGM.
Details:
Received the Empire Gallantry Medal for his deed, but was allowed to exchange his award for the George Cross after 24 September 1940.

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