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Melvin Peter Frederick Robson

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant Melvin Peter Frederick Robson

February 26, 1942

Military Service


Service Number:

R/65815

Age:

27

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

405 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of James T. and Margaret A. Robson, of Vernonville, Ontario, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 110 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 106.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometres by road west of London. The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:
IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant Melvin Peter Frederick Robson is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant Melvin Peter Frederick Robson is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star March 1941. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star December 1941. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of MELVIN PETER FREDERICK ROBSON– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Runnymeade Memorial– Runnymede Memorial (CWGC)
Wellington W5516 of 405 Sqdn was airborne 1859 26 Feb 42 from Pocklington on a leaflet-dropping trip to Kiel, Germany.  The aircraft was lost without trace. The crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.   They were:   W/C G. D. Macallister (2nd Pilot), who was 405 Sqdn Commander); Sgt  F/S (WAG) E. C. Phillips; F/S (WAG) M.P.F.Robson; F/S W.S. WAG) Piers; F/L J. A. Robson RAF; and F/S J. H. Dyson RAAF. [http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=4859]
From They Shall Grow not Old (Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Brandon, Man.:  The pilot of an accompanying aircraft reported severe icing conditions in the area.
  • Memorial– Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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