Wing Commander - Royal Air Force - Service No. 37022
John James Raine was born on 6th May 1915 in Gravesend, Kent. His father was Albert George Raine, a Licensed Victualler, and his mother was Rose (née Goodwin). The first school that he attended was Milton Road Council School in Gravesend.
In 1926 John Raine 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 John’s address as Milton Ale Shades, Gravesend. Older brother Thomas (born 1912) also attended the School. Thomas served in the Merchant Navy during World War Two.
In 1931 John left the School and became an apprentice at Bowater Paper Mills. He joined the Royal Air Force as a Pilot Officer, Service Number 37022, on a 6-year commission in 1934, serving in Egypt and Iraq.
When World War Two broke out he was promoted to Squadron Leader. He served in Egypt, Iraq and Turkey. After serving again in Iraq, he was promoted to Wing Commander in 1941, and was attached to the British Air Attaché in Ankara, Turkey.
On 4th December 1943, John Raine was killed in a flying accident in Britain at Lossiemouth, Moray. He was 28 years old. His funeral took place at Milton Parish Church on 13 December 1943, followed by burial at Gravesend Cemetery, Plot B.12. Grave 1798.
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: