Photographs courtesy of Hans Onderwater MBE




Born: 4th November 1914, Wimbledon, Surrey.

Baptised: 11th January 1915, at St. Michael & All Angels, Bedford Park, Hounslow, West London. Address: Leewood, Burghley Road, Wimbledon, Surrey.

Died: Found dead on the 25th May 1942 at Croydon Aerodrome, Purley Way, Croydon, Surrey; age 27; Died from a rupture of the heart caused by the crashing of an aeroplane of which he was pilot.

There is not sufficent evidence to show the cause of the crash nor whether he died by misadventure or otherwise. P.M.

Inquest held 29th May, 1942.

Residence: 20, Belvedere Grove, Wimbledon, Surrey.


Rank: Flight Lieutenant/Pilot; Service Number: 40821.

Regiment: Royal Air Force, 277 Squadron.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich New Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George Ernest & Margaret McQueen Grant Govan, of Wimbledon, Surrey.


Father: George Ernest Grant Govan, a Banker & East India Merchant.

Mother: Margaret Grant Govan (nee Hamilton), born September 1890, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland.


Probate to George Ernest Grant Govan – father, a Minister of Supply Official.

George and his gunner.

One Comment

  • Grant Govan was a former pilot on Lysanders with No.II(AC) Squadron, currently at RAF Lossiemouth. We would appreciate his photo and avaiable information for the squadron archives,
    Hans onderwater MBE Squadron Historian


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