Palmer, Robert Anthony Maurice. Photograph album


Palmer, Robert Anthony Maurice. Photograph album


Fifty-one items. Contains photographs, documents, telegrams and newspaper cuttings.




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Palmer, RAM

Collection Items

Robert Palmer headstone
White headstone in cemetery for Squadron Leader R.A.M. Palmer VC, DFC & Bar, pilot, Royal air Force, 23 December 1944.

Three men viewing photograph of Robert Palmer and explanatory note
An Air Marshall, mayor and a rector standing looking at a photograph of Robert Palmer mounted on a wall. Explanatory note on opposite page.

St. Peter and St. Paul church Gravesend
Photographs of lychgate with close up of roof wood work underneath.


Palmer grave
Left - head and shoulder image of an airman wearing tunic and side cap.
Right - image of a grave with headstone for Arthur Robert Palmer and stones for Robert Palmer and Douglas Palmer at St. Peter and St. Paul church Gravesend.


Robert Palmer
Three photos of Robert PalmerLeft - head and shoulders image wearing battledress and side cap. Middle - wearing flying suit standing holding the propeller blade of a bomber. Right - head and shoulders image wearing tunic and smoking a pipe.

An airman in Sidcot suit
A man wearing flying suit and boots with a pipe in his mouth standing outside a building.

Air Defence Cadet Force/Air Training Corp cadets
A group of cadets in uniform with an adult vicar centre of second row standing and sitting in four rows in front of a building decorated with union flags. Captioned 'Daddy - second row, seated fourth from the right'.

Rugby team
Sixteen men wearing rugby kit with another two men, one wearing blazer the other an overcoat, standing and sitting in three rows in front of a pavilion. Captioned 'Daddy's rugby team mates - guess Daddy took the afternoon off...'.

Group of RAF officers and civilians
Nineteen men, six wearing civilian suits and the rest RAF officers uniform sitting and standing in two rows in front of a building decorated with union flags. Captioned 'Bob Palmer (Sr) front row, seated third from right'.

Bob Palmer (senior) with group of Air Training Corps cadets
Twenty-seven Air Training Corps cadets in uniform and one RAF officer (wearing tunic with pilot's brevet) sitting and standing in front of a building decorated with union flags. Captioned 'Bob Palmer (Sr) front row centre'.

Army and RAF officers at Wellington Barracks
A large group of Army and RAF officers, some with pilot's or observers brevet sitting and standing in five rows.

A warrant officer stands on the left and an senior RAF officer with cane sits fourth from left in front row.

The officer seated…

Royal Flying Corps. Royal Air Force pilots
Twenty four men, twenty two wearing Royal Flying Corp uniform and two wearing naval uniform. Some have pilot's brevet and wear flying helmets. Captioned 'Bob Palmer (Sr) back row, fourth from right'. This image of Palmer was enlarged and mounted as…

Bob Palmer senior
Full face image of a pilot wearing flying helmet and goggles. Enlargement from another image.

An airman standing outside a tent
An airman wearing tunic, scarf and flying helmet with goggles standing looking at a map outside a tent.

Arthur, Douglas and Robert Palmer
Full length photograph of three airmen (two officers and one sergeant all wearing tunics (two with pilot's brevet standing on a path outside a house.
Captioned 1 - '(left) Arthur Robert Farley Palmer, Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps during world war…

Robert Palmer
Head and shoulders portrait of Robert Palmer wearing peaked cap and tunic with pilot's brevet, medal ribbons including Distinguished Flying Cross.

Telegram to Robert Palmers father from the air ministry
Informs him that his son was reported to have lost his life. as a result of air operations on 24 December 1944.

Newspaper cuttings and stamps
Seven newspaper cuttings with two notices of thanks, an announcement of award of Victoria Cross and four in memory. Four British 20p postage stamps featuring the Victoria Cross and Distinguished Flying Cross (2 of each).

Telegram to Robert Palmers father
Congratulations from squadron on Bob's award of Victoria Cross, hoping to see him wear it.

Telegram to Robert Palmers father
Announces award of Victoria Cross to his son and outlines citation of actions.

Telegram to Robert Palmers father
Informs him that his son was missing as result of air operations on 23 December 1944.

Pathfinder force badge certificate
Stating that Acting Squadron Leader R.A.M Palmer VC, DFC was permanently awarded the Pathfinder force badge.

Robert Palmer mentioned in despatches and award of Pathfinder badge
Left - certificate from secretary of state for air stating name of Acting Flight Lieutenant R.A.M. Palmer was mentioned in despatches. Right - letter to Robert Palmer stating that he had been awarded his Pathfinder badge.

Memorial and RAF chapel
Top left - memorial stone for RAF Little Staughton 109 and 582 Squadrons 8 Group pathfinder force, bomber command. On roadside with flowers and hedge.
Bottom left - view of altar with colours either side and RAF eagle on front.
Right - memorial…

Plaque at St Thomas's Amshouses and memorials
Left - Alderman P E Jones at St Thomas's Amshouses, Gravesend. He looks up at a wall plaque dedicating rooms in memory of Squadron Leader Robert Palmer VC, DFC and Bar, killed in action over Cologne, 23rd December 1944. Captioned 'Alderman P E Jones…
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