Flight Sergeant - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves - 432 Squadron - Service No. 1382834
Edward Michael Myer was born on 25th October 1920 in Brentwood, Essex. His father was Moss (Moses) Myer, a Pawnbroker, and his mother was Sara (née Epstein). He first attended Clarence Place School in Gravesend.
In 1929 Edward Myer joined The County School for Boys – now known as Gravesend Grammar School. The Head Master at that time was the Reverend Samuel Lister. The County School for Boys was located in Darnley Road, Gravesend close to the Railway Station (now the Victoria Centre for Education). In 1938 the School moved to brand new premises in Church Walk, Milton, Gravesend opposite to Milton Church.
The School’s Admission Register lists Edward’s address as 77 High Street, Gravesend. Whilst at the School, Edward was in Town House and played for the 1st XV Rugby Team.
In 1937 Edward left the School and started work as a Tailoring Apprentice. In 1941 he married Phoebe Phyllis Diamond. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves, Service Number 1382834, joining 432 Squadron as a Flight Sergeant.
On 22nd January 1944 Edward Myer and his crew took off from RAF East Moor in North Yorkshire. They were later reported missing from a raid over Magdeburg, Germany. However, the wireless operator and three of the crew survived, ending up as Prisoners of War. After months of waiting, in October 1944, Edward’s family heard that the Air Ministry had stated that he was ‘missing, presumed dead’. He was 24 years old; his wife was pregnant with their daughter when he died. Edward Myer’s body was formally identified in 1947, when a grave was exhumed inscribed ‘Four Unknown British Airmen’. He is buried at Breitenhagen, Salzlandkreis, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany – Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery, Germany.
There are links below to Newspaper Clippings and Photographs from the Gravesend Grammar School Archives.
Below are links to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and a few other websites that might be of interest: