Flight Lieutenant Paul Augustus CRANMER

Service No: 421574
Born: Ultimo NSW, 6 February 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 28 February 1942
Unit: No. 158 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Lissett
Died: Air Operations (No. 158 Squadron Halifax aircraft MZ760), Germany, 13 August 1944, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Becklingen War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Venn Thomas Cranmer and Elsie May Cranmer, of Cremorne, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Cremorne NSW
Remembered: Panel 120, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: St Peter’s Anglican Church World War 2 Honour Roll, Cremorne NSW

At 2124 hours on 13 August 1944, Halifax MZ760 took off from Lissett to attack Braunschweig, Germany. The aircraft was lost with three crew members killed and four taken Prisoner of War.

The crew members of MZ760 were:

Flight Lieutenant Leslie Arthur Alfred Butler (138803) (RAFVR) (Navigator) PoW
Flight Lieutenant Paul Augustus Cranmer (421574) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Vernon Davenport (1425262) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber) PoW
Sergeant Sydney Herbert Grover (1444895) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Sergeant Francis Walter William Hall (1296692) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner) PoW
Sergeant Roderick MacLeod (970783) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Walter Charles Smalley (1577526) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner) PoW


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Chorley W R, Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, Volume 5 Aircraft and Aircrew Losses 1944, Midland Counties Publications UK, 1997
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/8/592
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

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