Flying Officer John Frederick Ryder CRANE 39858 RAF

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A youthful looking John Crane RAF

John Crane was granted a short service commission on July 5th 1937 and was awarded his wings with No.9 Flying Training School. He was killed on the suicidal attack flown against German troop columns on May 14th 1940 while flying in Fairey Battle Mk.I  L5422.  His aircraft was shot down by Bf109 fighters crashing between Bulson and Noyers-Pont-Maugis, Sedan. His gunner AC1 Holloway survived as a PoW. John Crane was an original squadron member, he had flown to France in September 1939, since his arrival in France he had been involved in two flying incident’s, a force landing on January 12th and a crash landing on April 17th

 

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The grave of John Crane

 

Crane 1 Noyers-Pont-Maugis French National Cemetery

Noyers-Pont-Maugis Cemetery French National Cemetery