Sergeant William Pratt

Sergeant William Pratt, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He was an Air Gunner with 178 Squadron R.A.F. and was lost on Operations over Poland on 15th August 1944, aged 20. He was the son of James and Beatrice Pratt of Kelso and is buried in Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery, Poland. His Headstone is inscribed ” At The Going Down Of The Sun We Will Remember Them”. The Squadron flew the Consolidated B 24 Liberator heavy bomber from Amendola, Foggia, Italy and was used mainly on supply drops to partisans. Sergeant Pratt was lost in an attempt to supply the beseiged Polish Home Army in Warsaw who were fighting the German attempts to crush them. The Squadron never operated from a base in the U.K.

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