Graves, Thomas Kenneth

    Service number:
    135413
    Nationality:
    British (1801-present, Kingdom)

    Biography

    Flying Officer Graves, Air Gunner, was posted to 619 Squadron from 1660 O.T.U. on 30 June 1943. He subsequently completed a tour of operations in the squadron on Lancaster aircraft with targets including Mulheim, Wuphertal, Gelsenkirchen, Cologne, Kassel, Berlin, Stuttgart, Schweinfurt, Salbris, Bourg-Leopold, Amiens, La Pernelle, Auchy Les Hesdin, Brest, Deelen, Le Havre, Darmstadt, and Ladbergen.

    Promotions:
    Sergeant
    19 December, 1942: Pilot Officer (probation/emergency)
    19 June, 1943: Flying Officer (probation/war sub)
    24 April, 1947: Comission As Flight Lieutenant, extended service (four years on the active list, later 4 times extended to nine years)
    6 april 1950: transfer to the Secretarial Branch
    24 april 1956: transfer to the reserve
    24 april 1960: relinquishes his commission

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Flight Lieutenant
    Unit:
    No. 169 Squadron, Royal Air Force (No. 169 Squadron, Royal Air Force)
    Awarded on:
    March 23rd, 1945
    Action:
    Citation:
    "Flying Officer Graves has completed a number of operations against the enemy, in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage, and devotion to duty."
    Details:
    Probably at the time of the recommendation, Kenneth Graves was Flying Officer but the London Gazette states he was a Flight Lieutenant at the time of the publication.
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Details:
    With "FRANCE AND GERMANY" clasp.
    Air Crew Europe Star

    Sources

    • - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 35966 published on the 2 April 1943
      - Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36113 published on the 27 July 1943
      - Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36997 published on the 20 March 1945
      - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37965 published on the 23 May 1947
      - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 38906 published on the 9 May 1950
      - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 39158 published on the 23 February 1951
      - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 39850 published on the 8 May 1953
      - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 40163 published on the 30 April 1954
      - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 40385 published on the 14 January 1955
      - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 40773 published on the 4 May 1956
      - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 42010 published on the 15 April 1960
      - Chelsea Militaria Antiques