World War 2 (1939 - 1945)


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Andrew Symon Lorimer

Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and Dominion Air Forces
Unit: 82 Squadron
Rank: Flight Sergeant (Navigator / Wireless Operator)
Service number: 1565930

Andrew Lorimer was born in Cathcart in 1921. He was the son of Andrew and Jane Lorimer, later of Senga, Neidpath Road East, Whitecraigs. Andrew joined 82 Squadron and in early 1942 the squadron left Bomber Command and relocated to RAF Cholavarum, India. Re-equipped with Vultee Vengeance dive-bombers the squadron began anti-submarine patrols on 17 November. In June 1943, the squadron began bombing operations against Imperial Japanese targets in Burma from RAF Salbani. It was deployed against the Japanese offensive against Imphal and Kohima. The squadron was re-equipped with Mosquitoes in July 1944, but was temporarily grounded due to failures in the wooden structure before commencing ground attack sorties on 19 December. On 2 March 1945 Flight HR 439, a De Havilland Mosquito FB Mk VI, took off on a night intruder mission from RAF Kumbhirgram. It was piloted by Pilot Officer Robert Best and Andrew Lorimer was the navigator. The aircraft crashed near to Rangoon and both men were killed. They are buried in the same grave in Rangoon Cemetery - Grave reference - 4.B.5. Andrew was 23 years of age.

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