Victor George Wright

Sergeant/Air Gunner - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves - 78 Squadron - Service No. 902905

Background Information


22nd May 1915



Sergeant/Air Gunner - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves - 78 Squadron - Service No. 902905



2nd November 1941 age 26

Victor George Wright was born on 22nd May 1915 in Strood, Kent. His father was Horace Wright, a Clerk, and his mother was Amy E (née Nunn). The first school that he attended was Cecil Road School in Gravesend.
In 1926 Victor Wright 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 Victor’s address as 50 Pelham Road South, Gravesend. One older brother, Cyril (born 1910) also attended the School.
In 1931 Victor left the School and started work for the Co-Op Store. By 1937 he was working for the Kent County Constabulary.
In World War Two he enlisted in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves, Service Number 902905, serving as a Flight Sergeant/Air Gunner with 78 Squadron. 78 Squadron were based at Dishforth, Yorkshire and were part of No. 4 Group of Bomber Command.
On 2nd November 1941, Victor Wright’s aircraft failed to return from an operational bombing flight, it was presumed lost over the North Sea. Victor was 26 years old. He is remembered at the Runneymede Memorial.

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:

Runnymede Memorial