Ronald Cecil DRAKE
Ronald served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve as a Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) with 148 Squadron. Ronald died on 16th July 1942. He is buried at TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY, Libya.
Ronald lived at 18 Russell Road, it is believed that he enlisted in 1941 and saw service in Malta before been posted to Egypt.
148 Squadron flew as a special operations squadron and Ronald’s plane, Wellington bomber HX400, flew often in the pathfinder role (dropping markers on targets before the main bomber force arrived). HX400 crashed with the loss of all its crew, four are buried at Tobruk and two, having no known grave are commemorated on the Alamein Memorial.
A month or so before his death Ronald’s plane had made a crash landing in the desert, he and his fellow crew members walked 26 miles before being rescued. Following a short spell in hospital he was patched up and returned to operational duties.
Ronald’s flight logbook is still held by the family and we thank Sarah for her contribution to his story.