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  Sergeant Percy Ragg - 408 Squadron   
 

Sergeant Percy Ragg - RAFVR

 
Sergeant Percy Ragg was serving as Wireless Operator/Air Gunner on board Hampden Mk.B1 P1218 coded EQ-CQ during an operation to Mannheim on October 23, 1941. The aircraft departed Syerston at 1815hrs but failed to return. Three of the four crew perished in the crash, including Sergeant Percy Ragg.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Hometown

Age

F/Sgt Francis Titcomb

RAFVR

Sudbury, Middlesex

22

Sgt Randall Gifford - POW

RCAF

-

25

Sgt Percy Ragg

RAFVR

Rayleigh,Essex

28

F/Sgt Ronald Walker

RAFVR

Handsworth,Birmingham

23

 Sergeant Percy Albert Ragg RAFVR was the son of Andrew and Ruth Ragg and eldest brother to John, Frank, one sister, and a half sister, Janet of East London. A proud Cockney, he married Eveline Creek on June 1st 1940 at Raleigh Parish church and their daughter Pamela was born on the 1st March 1942.

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Percy with friend.

 

  Those who died are buried in Durnbach War Cemetery. Flight Sergeant Titcomb and Sergeant Gifford RCAF had recently served with 50 squadron. It is believed that Sergeant Gifford RCAF was held in Camp 9C and possibly re-patriated due to injuries. He passed away at Sherbrooke, Quebec in 1962.

 

 
  Photo courtesy of Martin Armstrong, research by Linda Ibrom.