Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. J V Gill

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James Vivian Gill, of Bawtry, Doncaster joined the RAFVR in August 1939 as an Airman u/t Aircrew. Called up on 1st September that year he completed his training as an Air Gunner and was posted to 23 Squadron, operating Blenheims, at Middle Wallop on 29th September 1940.

Later posted to 115 Squadron, he was killed serving with them on 2nd July 1941. Wellington R1509 KO-P was airborne from Marham on a sortie to Hamburg. It was hit by flak over Bremen and later shot up by a Me110, Gill being wounded in this attack. The whole crew baled out successfully but Gill landed in a tree. When he released his parachute harness he fell forty feet to the ground. Critically injured, he died the next day in hospital.

The other crew, all PoW, were:

P/O AAF McSweyn RAAF
P/O SW Wild
P/O W Hetherington
Sgt. TL Davidson
Sgt. EA Gibbs

Gill is buried in Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau, Germany.

 

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