Malvern College Second World War Casualty

P/O. Robert Francis Bennett

House and time at Malvern: 8, 1935 - 1937.

Regiment: R.A.F..
Died: 07 September 1941 aged 20 in . Killed in action.
Battle: Bomber Command. Cemetery: Runnymede Memorial Panel 31.

Son of Maj. Robert H. E. Bennett, M.C., and Dorothy M. Bennett, of 77 Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London.
Bus V. House Prefect.

226 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Bomber sqdn)
The squadron used Douglas Havoc, Douglas Boston and North American Mitchell medium bombers, whilst carrying out attacks on German ports and anti-shipping strikes.

On the 7th September 1941, P/O Bennett was acting as Observer in plane Z.7312 along with F/L Haggitt and P/O Ramsay (A/G), along with six other planes led by S/Ldr MacClancy.
They were Up at 11.30 for an attack on a convoy about 4 miles west of The Hague consisting of a heavily laden merchant vessel escorted by three flak ships.
1 flakship of 800 tons was seen to blow up and the merchant vessel enveloped in smoke.
P/O Bennett was reported as missing along with the rest of his crew.
Flight record: AIR-27_1406_38