Winter, Ralph Henry John (No. 1386870)

Winter, Ralph Henry John (Ralph)


No. 1386870, 153 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed on active service on Saturday 10 January 1942 (aged 20)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England (Panel 97)


Ralph Henry John Winter’s birth was registered in the first quarter of 1922 in Barnet, Middlesex and he was a son of Frank and Ellen H. Winter (nee Lavis).  Their marriage was registered in the third quarter of 1912 in Hackney, London and they had at least two children:

Dorothy E. (born 1913)

Ralph Henry John (born 1922)

During the Second World War Sergeant Ralph Henry John Winter (No. 1386870) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve with 153 Squadron based at RAF Ballyhalbert.

He died on 10 January 1942 when his Boulton Paul Defiant aircraft (T3931) failed to return from a night patrol over the Irish Sea.  The two crew members were declared missing, and their bodies were never recovered.  They were the pilot, Sergeant Robert Wilkinson Foreman (aged 20) from Corbridge in Northumberland and his air gunner, Sergeant Ralph Henry John Winter.

Sergeant Ralph Henry John Winter (No. 1386870) was 20 when he died, and both men are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey.