Sergeant Pilot James D'arcy Lees Graham and 55 OTU. RAF Usworth

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Reference WMO/282600


Community Centre

Church Street

Marley Hill

NE16 5DW


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
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  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Other
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Brass Plaque on wooden backboard with a framed photograph of him alogside
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Plaque-In memory of/Sergeant Pilot/James D'Arcy Lees Graham/R77959 R.C.A.F./killed when his/Hawker Hurricane Mk i. P3664 from/No. 55 Operational Training Unit/R.A.F. Usworth crashed in a flying/accident on 10th February 1942/near here at High Marley Hill//Aged 24 he is buried at/Castletown Cemetery, Sunderland/Sgt J.L. Graham of/Carstairs, Alberta, Canada/27/12/1917-10.2.1942//He is not forgotten/"We will remember them"/Plaque presented by Philip Smith of the/Air Crash Investigation and Archaeological Group/Plaque unveiled by/The Mayor of Gateshead Councillor Maureen Goldsworthy/& dedicated by the Reverend Bob Hopper/on Monday 22nd January 2007/in memory of all ranks/who served with No. 55 O.T.U. at R.A.F. Usworth/from Feb 1941 to Apr. 1942/ Photograph-Sergeant Pilot James D'Arcy Lees Graham, Royal Canadian Air Force, Killed in flying accident at High Marley Hill on the 10.2.42/Photo: Jack Collins, Museums & Archives, Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts, Edmondton, Alberta, Canada. D'Arcy, as he was known, attended Victoria High School in 1934 to 1938./Philio Smith

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