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Roll Call Lance Corporal Thomas A Fraser – 6 June 1944

Lance Corporal Thomas Andrew Fraser, son of Richard G B and Janet S S Fraser, of Glasgow, served with 591 (Antrim) Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers. He took part in the D-Day landings to Normandy, during Op Overlord.

On the night of 5-6 June 1944, Lance Corporal Fraser flew to Normandy onboard Short Stirling EF 295 with a parachute stick of Airborne Royal Engineers. The aircraft crash-landed near the village of Grangues, in Normandy.

Four men died as a result of the crash, but seven others survived before being disarmed and taken prisoner by German forces in the area. Although the circumstances are unclear, at some stage during the night L/Cpl Fraser, along with Cpl Kelly, L/Cpl Branston, Spr Wolfe, Spr Wheeler and Dvr Thomson, all of 591 (Antrim) Parachute Squadron, were shot. Spr Guard, part of the Royal Engineers contingent of HQ 6th Airborne Division, was also killed.

The victims of this incident are now recorded on a memorial, close to the village where the shooting took place.

Lance Corporal Fraser died on 6 June 1944, aged 24 years old. He is now buried at Ranville War Cemetery, Normandy.

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Compiled with assistance from Fred Gray

Listed Operations

06/06/1944 – 27/08/1944 Normandy (Operation Overlord)

Airborne Forces service history

1944 591 Parachute Squadron RE, (Lance Corporal)

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