Richard Lewis GRAHAM


GRAHAM, Richard Lewis

Service Number: 123199
Enlisted: 6 January 1943
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: No. 20 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 7 August 1924
Home Town: Chinchilla, Western Downs, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Ground Accident), Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory, Australia, 20 June 1945, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Adelaide River War Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN 123199
6 Jan 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, RAAF Ground Training Units
20 Jun 1945: Involvement Leading Aircraftman, No. 20 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Lewis William Davies Graham and Mona King Graham of Kelvin Grove, Queensland


Leading Aircraftman Richard Lewis Graham 123199 & Leading Aircraftman Walter Alexander Strang 131729 were killed when a depth-charge exploded in bomb scow O-1012 while re-arming RAAF Catalina A24-206 of Number 20 Squadron in Darwin Harbour, NT

Other ground crew involved that survived with varying injuries: LAC Donald William Hamilton 45902 / LAC Geoffrey Alan Mill 444360 / Sergeant Donald John Walton 56913 / LAC Wilbur Stirling Lever 116354 / LAC Robert Edgar Sidals 57507 / Sergeant Craig Ross Shepherd 61900 / LAC Geoffrey Megee 149557