In Memory of

Robert Sydney Drongeson

Flight Sergeant (Flight Engineer)
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died on
8th April 1945. Aged 20.

Additional Information:

Son of Johannes Bendix Drongeson and Elizabeth Branch Drongeson, of Cardiff. Born in South Shields, Durham. Lived in Stanhope Road, South Shields, Durham in 1939. Moved to Kimberley Road, Roath, Cardiff in 1940.

In July 1944 he was Flight Engineer on Lancaster JB649 of 166 Squadron, that was shot down over France, near Auxerre. All the crew evaded capture together and with the aid of French Resistance returned to Britain.

The Last Flight of AZ (B649) - WW2 People's War

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National Archives Evasion Report WO 208/3323/2450

Died 8 April 1945, Ruthin, Denbighshire, on war service. No details.

Documents and Photographs

Commemorative Information

Grave Reference/Panel Number: Section L. Grave 9378.
Location: Latitude: 54.98345  Longitude: -1.41739
Historical Information: South Shields (Harton) Cemetery contains 206 scattered burials of the First World War. Second World War burials number 209, more than 100 of them forming a war graves plot in Section 9. The plot also contains 21 non-war service burials and one Dutch war grave. The cemetery suffered heavily during air raids on the Tyneside area during the first years of the Second World War. It was severely damaged on several occasions, both by bombs which fell on it and by a landmine which exploded there in April 1941. Another air-raid in October 1942 caused extensive damage to the cemetery.