Surviving photographs of RAF funerals are very rare. Although many were taken officially during the war, so that relatives living abroad could see that their loved ones had been buried with honour, it seems that such photographs were too sad to keep.
Norman McIntyre (fourth from left) with two of the men who were killed, Vince and Jeff. RPA/H97/Aircrew/Brill
Two of the funeral photographs in the Archive relate to two young Australians who were killed in training. Their friend Norman McIntyre, in whose album the photographs were preserved, survived them by only eighteen months, dying over Berlin on 16 December 1943 while flying with the Brill crew, 97 Squadron.