Robert Gilmour Young

Sergeant Robert Gilmour Young of Derry/Londonderry died on 17th October 1940 on Handley-Page Hampden X2973 during an operational flight over Germany.


Robert Gilmour Young


Sergeant Robert Gilmour Young of Strand Road, Derry/Londonderry had completed many sorties over occupied Europe while serving in the Royal Air Force.

Sergeant Robert Gilmour Young (580690) served in the Royal Air Force during World War Two. He was the eldest son of Hugh E Young and Norah K Young of 24 Strand Road, Derry/Londonderry.

Before the outbreak of the Second World War, he attended Foyle College, Derry/Londonderry and completed preliminary training in the Royal Air Force. A brother, William “Billy” Young, also served in the RAF. Robert’s father Hugh E Young was a well-known Pharmaceutical Chemist in Co. Londonderry. The family attended Strand Presbyterian Church.

Robert died on 17th October 1940 aged 21 years old. He was on board the RAF 144 Squadron Handley-Page Hampden X2973 on an operational flight over Merseburg, Germany. Distress calls came from the plane before it disappeared. Records suggest the crash site was in the sea 20 miles north of Terschelling in the Frisian Islands.

Remembering the crew of Hampden X2973

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInformation
BrownJohn HerbertSergeantRAF 742961. Killed.
YoungRobert GilmourSergeantRAF 580690. Missing Presumed Killed.
FergusonJohn AdamSergeantRAF 645352. Missing Presumed Killed.
RandsEdward Anthony GastonSergeantRAF 748785. Missing Presumed Killed.

Robert Gilmour Young has no known grave. His name is on Panel 21 of the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. In the years following Young’s death, his parents made donations in his memory to hospitals in the north-west.