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.
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.