An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

Bryan Glendenen ROBINSON

No. 116211 Flying Officer (Observer),
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve;
No. 76 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

Died 5 October 1942, aged 29 years.

Buried in Heverlee War Cemetery, Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant,
Belgium, Grave 3.D.3.

No. 76 Squadron was part of RAF Bomber Command. It was stationed at RAF Linton-on-Ouse between York and Harrogate, and was equipped with Handley Page Halifax bombers. It bombed targets all over enemy-occupied Europe.

Flying Officer Robinson was part of the seven-man crew of Halifax code-sign MP-A which took off on the evening of 5 October 1942 to take part in a bombing raid over Aachen. But the aircraft crashed about 25 miles to the south-south-west of Aachen, at Jonckeu in Belgium, and all seven of the crew were killed. They are buried side by side in the war cemetery at Leuven (Louvain), which contains the graves of almost 1,000 British and Commonwealth servicemen from the Second World War, many of them airmen from RAF Bomber Command.

Bryan Glendenen Robinson was the son of Glendenen and Henrietta Louise Robinson, although when he came to Coatham Grammar School in January 1920 his mother was already a widow. His Middlesbrough-born father had died, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, exactly one week before Bryan was born on 22 October 1912. Bryan was eight when he came to Coatham and so joined the preparatory class. He stayed six terms before moving to Glenhow School in Saltburn-by-the-Sea. His occupation on leaving school is not known but his will records him as living in Kingston-upon-Hull at the time of his war service. His mother was living in York at the time of his death. The loss of “Pilot Navigator Robinson, killed two years ago … the only child of Mrs. Glendenen Robinson, late of Redcar” was first reported in the school magazine of June 1944.