PALMER, Robert Anthony Maurice  
Name:  Palmer, Robert Anthony Maurice
Date of birth:  July 7th, 1920 (Gillingham, Kent, Great Britain)
Date of death:  December 23th, 1944 (Cologne, Germany)
Nationality:  British
Rank: Squadron Leader
Unit: 109 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Received on: 18 December 1945
Action: On December, 23, 1944 Squadron Leader Palmer led a formation of Lancaster bombers for a bombardment on Cologne in Germany. Some minutes before he reached his target, his plane was touched by anti aircraft fire. As a result two engines of its Lancaster set on fire. Although he had the possibility to safely flew back to his base, he to continued his mission and could even throw off his bombs. The last what was still seen of him, is that is Lancaster burned and crashed down on the ground.
Details: Robert Anthony Maurice Palmer is buried at the Rheinberg War Cemetery,
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Information source(s):   - Victoria Cross Reference
- The Register of the Victoria Cross - published by This Engeland 1997 - ISBN 0906324270
- Special thanks to Iain Stewart from The History of the Victoria Cross
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