Born: 1915, Mutford, Suffolk.

Died: 16th March 1940; age: 25; aircraft crashed at Overton, Hampshire.

Residence: 14, Littles Crescent, Ipswich.


Rank: Sergeant/Observer; Service Number: 564649.

Regiment: Royal Air Force, 45 Squadron.


Grave Reference:

X.H. 429.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Cornelius & Emma Gillings; husband of Vera May Gillings, of Ipswich.


Father: Cornelius Gillings, born 1891, Blundeston, Suffolk – died – KiA 13th October 1915, a Private, Service Number 18528, of the 7th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. Cornelius is remembered on the Loos Memorial, France.

Mother: Emma Melinda Gillings (nee Atkins), born April 1891.


In 1940, Ipswich, John married Vera May Rose, born 1918, Ipswich.


Probate to Vera May Gillings.


16th March 1940


Aircraft: Bristol Blenheim IV, serial number L9385. The aircraft was on a delivery flight from No. 20 Maintenance Unit, Aston Down, Gloucestershire to No. 203 Squadron. L9385 went out of control while flying in cloud and crashed at Overton killing the 4 crew members.


Edward Vincent Morgan; Leading Aircraftman/W/T.O.; age 21; R.A.F.

Eric William Pizzey; Leading Aircraftman/Fitter; age 23; R.A.F.

William John Swire-Griffiths; Flying Officer/Pilot; age 26; R.A.F.


Aircraft information courtesy of John Allan.

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