Bertram Fraser

Air Bomber, 463 (Australian) Squadron
Service number 1443752
Died 11 May 1944
Buried Wevelgem Communal Cemetery, Belgium
Age 22

Headstone Inscription
‘IF GOD CHOOSE, WE SHALL BUT LOVE THEE BETTER AFTER DEATH. DADDY AND JOY’


Bertram was born on 19 Nov 1921 in Rochford, Essex to David Figur and Rebecca née Pacifico. The family name was originally Figur and was changed to Fraser. Bertram’s mother predeceased him dying in 1940.

In 1939, the family, including Bertram’s sister Kathleen were living in Hampstead where their father David was working as a commercial traveller and was an ARP ambulance driver.

Bertram was an air bomber in Lancaster LL882 which took off from RAF Waddington on a night operation to attack the railway yards at Lille. The aircraft was shot down by a night fighter over Belgium, and crashed into a water-logged clay pit at a brickworks at Langemark, near Ypres killing all the crew.

MUG, Robert McKerlie Croft, RAAF 407199.
R/G, David Payne Croston, RAAF 407821.
A/B, Bertram Fraser.
Nav, Ronald Jacques, 134697.
F/E, Harry Law Molyneux, 1802369.
Pilot, Mervyn Powell, RAAF 422817.
W/Op, William Neil Read, RAAF 406700.