Whitehill Former Pupils’ Club

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Possibly – only one on SNWM

Robert (Bobby) Ian Mackay Richards – age 23 – Warrant Officer/Pilot (1109431) 31 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

31 Squadron flew Douglas Dakota Transports in Burma from early 1942, supporting the Fourteenth Army. Duties were re-supply, air-drop, and casevac. Operating in monsoon conditions, largely from Indian bases, they suffered many losses. The Squadron supported Chindit raids, the epic battles of Kohima, Imphal and the Arakan, as well as Hump runs across the eastern Himalayas to China. (Source: raf.mod,uk)

Born 1920 in Hutchesontown, Glasgow. (Source: SNWM and GRoS – Birth Register)

Son of Alexander Y. Richards and Isabella S. Richards, of Rutherglen, Lanarkshire. (Source: CWGC)

Killed in Action on 28 November 1943.

Commonwealth War Grave – Taukkyan War Cemetery, Mayanmar (Burma)

Also named on the Rutherglen War Memorial.