Sergeant Robert Getgood McCrory (1024870) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during World War Two. He was the son of Robert McCrory and Margaret Elizabeth McCrory of Bridge Street, Banbridge, Co. Down.
Known as Bob, he studied at Banbridge Public Elementary School and Banbridge Academy where he became Head Boy. After school, he became a teacher becoming the Principal of St. John’s School, Kilwarlin, Hillsborough, Co. Down before he joined the Royal Air Force in March 1941.
After training in Canada, he joined RAF 115 Squadron as an Observer at RAF Marham, Norfolk. This pioneering squadron was among the first to trial the navigational aid “Gee” and to use flares.
Bob died on 29th July 1942 aged 23 years old. Vickers Wellington Z1605 took off from RAF Marham, Norfolk at 2308hrs on 28th July 1942 bound for Hamburg, Germany. A total of 256 planes from No. 3 Group took part in the raid. Poor weather prevented the planned larger force from attacking the German city. The raiders became scattered in worsening weather with only 63 planes making it to Hamburg. A total of 13 people died in the city with 48 more injured. The Royal Air Force suffered great losses totalling 15.2% of the planes dispatched. McCrory’s bomber did not return from the raid and all members of the crew were listed missing presumed killed.
Remembering the crew of Wellington Z1605
|Last Name||First Name(s)||Rank||Role||Information|
|Williamson||Alan Campbell||Sergeant||Pilot||RNZAF 411487. Killed aged 21 years old.|
|Brydon||John Lovat||Sergeant||Observer||RAF 656407. Killed aged 25 years old.|
|McCrory||Robert Getgood||Sergeant||Observer||RAFVR 1024870. Killed aged 23 years old.|
|Hallyburton||William||Sergeant||Air Gunner||RAFVR 1066233. Killed.|
|Fitzsimons||Harold Douglas John||Pilot Officer||Air Gunner||RNZAF 39097. Killed aged 21 years old.|
Robert Getgood McCrory’s grave is in Section 1, Row A, Grave 12 of Kiel War Cemetery, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. His name is on the Gilford War Memorial, Gilford, Co. Down, the Queen’s University War Memorial, Belfast, Co. Antrim, and plaques at All Saint’s Church of Ireland, Tullylish, Co. Down and Holy Trinity Parish Church, Seapatrick, Co. Down. His headstone bears the inscription:
Faithful unto death.