Bomb Explosion at RAF Graveley (25/11/1943)

A bomb exploded at RAF Graveley on 25th November 1943, killing three airmen (RC Boak, C Crane and M Shaw) and injuring two others (E Webster and  AC Muller)

CWGC records show the following burial details:

  • BOAK, RODERICK CAWTHORN Sergeant ‘936333’ CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY Grave 13745.
  • CRANE, CHARLES Leading Aircraftman ‘1265082’ CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY Grave 13545.
  • SHAW, MICHAEL Aircraftman 2nd Class ‘1628459’ CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY Grave 13945.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Eye Witness Account

Jack Brewe was working within 50 yards of the fuzing point sheds and recalled the events in an article in Glimlamp

The second explosion at RAF Graveley (the first being on 25th July 1943) was again a Long Delay 1000 lb bomb and again in the fusing shed. Cpl Brewe recalls he had just left the fusing shed and walked into the dump about 50 yards away when the explosion took place. He dropped down beside a blast wall by one of the bomb standings. On getting up, there were cross girders from the fusing shed roof and a bomb trolley not three feet from him. Detonators were exploding all round like fire crackers.


Notes:

  1. Flight Sergeant James Stuart (A.413274) was also buried at CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY on 25th November 1943 but he was not involved in the incident. He was injured in the crash of No.460 (RAAF) Sqn Lancaster III JB647 on 24 November 1943, and died of his injuries, in Louth Hospital, Lincolnshire, on 25 November 1943