Flying Officer Dewhurst Graaff was an airman of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died during the Second World War.

He was born the son of Hendrik Christian and Lucy Jane Graaff, of Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe).

Graaff, serving as a pilot in 44 Squadron, died on 7 July 1944 when his Avro Lancaster (ME859) was lost over France during an operation against a flying-bomb storage depot at St-Leu-d'Esserent.[1] His brother, Stafford, had died in a flying accident in 1941.

He is buried, with his six crewmembers, at Equennes Churchyard.


  1. Chorley, W.R. (1992), Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses: 1944, p. 321.


Graaff, Dewhurst, Retrieved 6 October 2012.

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