Colin Raymond GRAMP AM

GRAMP, Colin Raymond

Service Number: 417832
Enlisted: 18 July 1942, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 461 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Tanunda, South Australia, 4 October 1921
Home Town: Tanunda, Barossa, South Australia
Schooling: St Peter's College, Adelaide
Occupation: Apprentice Winemaker (G. Gramp & sons)
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World War 2 Service

18 Jul 1942: Enlisted Adelaide, South Australia
19 Jul 1942: Involvement Pilot Officer, SN 417832, No. 461 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
6 Mar 1946: Discharged

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World War 2 Service

"RAAF air gunner Colin Gramp was an apprentice wine-maker before joining the RAAF in July 1942 at the age of 20. He trained at Victor Harbour, Ballarat and Sale before sailing to Britain. He completed No 29 Course at Coastal Command’s No 4 Operational Training Unit at Alness in Scotland and, with his crew, joined No 461 Squadron in March 1944 with the rank of flight sergeant. At that time he had 85 hours flying experience, of which 75 hours was on Sunderlands. During his tour at No 461 Squadron he flew 550 hours in 49 operational sorties, as well as 190 hours of non-operational flying." - Norman Ashworth, 'The Anzac Squadron' Ch.10, p.187

Service Medals:  1939-1945 Star, Atlantic Star with France Germany Star Bar; Defence Medal; War Medal 1939-45; Centenary Medal.


09 Jun 1986 - Awarded Member of the Order of Australia -  In recognition of service to wine industry technology


06 Jul 2015 - Awarded Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur - ...for outstanding service to the Republic ...who risked their lives in the service of France during the Second World War.



[excerpt from ‘Who’s Who in Australia 2014’]

Eldest son of Louis Hugo Gramp and Caroline Hulda Braunack, born  4 October 1921.

Educated: St Peter’s Collegiate Adelaide,  and Roseworthy Agricultural College.

Service: RAAF 1942-46

Career: Company Director and Winemaker (retired) - Technical Director G Gramp and Sons Pty Ltd 1947-74, and Winemaker since 1946 – introduced cold and pressure fermentation of table wines and pearl wine respectively into Australia 1953 and 1956 ; Trustee Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society SA 1984-97, Chairman 1975-77, Council Member 1947-97; Foundation Member Probus Club (Barossa) since 1983, Wine Fraternity Barons of Barossa since 1975, Rotary Club Barossa Valley since 1956, Member Gawler Further Education Centre Council 1976-79, Restaurateur Vigneron and General Manager Gramp’s Weinkeller Restaurant 1972-83, Founding President Barossa Winemakers Association 1971-73, Member Adelaide Wine Show Committee 1947-97 and Chairman 1971-82, Executive Member Wine and Brandy Producers’ Association SA Inc. 1971-72, Foundation Member Barossa Valley Bacchus Club 1950-2007, Barossa Valley Vintage Festival Association Inc. 1947-75; Inaugural Life Member Australian Wine Industry 2003.

Married Feb.14 1946 Josephine Homburg , daughter of  F Homburg OBE and V M A Nettelbeck; children, 3 sons and 1 daughter.

Recreation: photography, wildlife preservation.

Address: 12 Greenwood Lane, Tanunda, South Australia 5352


Personal Stories

Referring to my role as an Airgunner on a Sunderland Flying Boat, please refer to Norman Ashworth’s book “The Anzac Squadron”, Hesperian Press, pages 69 and 73 to 74.