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 Karl Mander Gravell

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Karl Mander Gravell

  • Birth 27 Sep 1922 Norrkoping, Norrköpings kommun, Östergötlands län, Sweden
  • Death 10 Nov 1941 Calgary, Calgary Census Division, Alberta, Canada
  • Burial Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
  • Plot ABRAY/*/04/007/0002
  • Memorial ID 8480074

Recipient of The George Cross Medal of Honour for Civilian Bravery. Gravell was awarded his medal posthumously for bravery at Calgary, Alberta, canada, on November 10, 1941. Leading Aircraftman Gravell was under training at the Canadian Wireless School in Calgary in Alberta on 10th November 1941, when, on a routine training flight his Tiger Moth training aircraft plunged to the ground and burst into flames. He managed to extricate himself from the wreckage and get clear, but in spite of the intense shock he had suffered, the loss of one eye and severe burns all over his body, his only thought was for the safety of his pilot. He tried to get back into the aircraft to pull him out, but a mass of flames engulfed him and forced him back. He subsequently died of his burns. His citation reads-"The King has been graciously pleased, on the advice of Canadian Ministers, to approve the posthumous award of the George Cross to the undermentioned:-Leading Aircraftman K. M. Gravell (deceased), Royal Canadian Air Force.In November, 1941 a training aircraft crashed and immediately burst into flames. Leading Aircraftman Gravell, who was under training as a wireless air gunner, managed to extricate himself from the wreckage and get clear. In spite of the intense shock caused by the loss of one eye and severe burns, suffered at the time of the crash, Leading Aircraftman Gravell’s first and only thought was for the welfare of his pilot. The pilot was still in the aircraft and Gravell ignoring his own serious injuries and the fact that his clothes were ablaze attempted to get back to the flaming wreckage to pull him clear. He had barely reached the aircraft when he was dragged away and rolled on the ground to extinguish the flames which had, by this time, completely enveloped his clothing. Leading Aircraftman Gravell subsequently died from his burns. Had he not considered his pilot before his own safety and had he immediately proceeded to extinguish the flames on his own clothing, he would probably not have lost his life."

Bio by: Peterborough "K"


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  • Created by: Peterborough "K"
  • Added: 6 Mar 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8480074
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Karl Mander Gravell (27 Sep 1922–10 Nov 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8480074, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada ; Maintained by Peterborough "K" (contributor 46537737) .