Born: 1919, Easington, Durham.
Died: 7th December 1940; age: 21; aircraft crash.
Occupation: with Shell-Mex, Ipswich.
Paul left his employment in May 1938, for training as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. He went
East in May, 1939, some four months before the outbreak of war.
Rank: Flying Officer/Pilot; Service Number: 41057.
Regiment: Royal Air Force, 211 Squadron.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frederick Oliver Pickersgill O.B.E., and Ethel Mary Pickersgill, of Sturry, Canterbury, Kent.
Father: Frederick Oliver Pickersgill, born March 1886, Ripon, Yorkshire. Frederick was made Assistant Regional Controller, Ministry of Labour and National Service during the Second
World War, for which he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1947.
Mother: Ethel Mary Pickersgill (nee Brown), born February 1890, Easington, Durham.
Paul was educated at Northgate School, Ipswich.
Paul is also remembered on the war memorial at Northgate High School, Ipswich and at St. Mary at Elms Church, Ipswich. Paul also has a private memorial inside the church.
Evening Star – 30th December 1940.
FLYING OFFICER P.B. PICKERSGILL KILLED
Former Pupil of Northgate School, Ipswich.
Flying-Officer Paul Bernard Pickersgill, of the R.A.F., who has been killed on active service, is a son of Mr. F.O. Pickersgill, until recently the Manager of the Ipswich Employment Exchange, and Mrs. Pickersgill, now of Cambridge.
Educated at Northgate School, Ipswich, Paul Pickersgill joined the staff of Shell-Mex at Ipswich, leaving in May 1938, for training as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. He went East in May 1939, some four months before the outbreak of war.
His loss will be deeply regretted by many friends in Ipswich, who esteemed him for his good companionship, his cheerfulness, and happy disposition.
7th December 1940
Aircraft: Blenheim; Serial number: L4926; Based at RAF Menidi, Greece. Took off at 07:10hrs in extremely rough weather for a bombing raid on the shipping at Valona. The aircraft crashed
into the hills near Lamia on the outbound flight.
Harry Taylor; Sergeant/Observer; age 23; R.A.F.V.R.
Alfred Norman Hallett; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; R.A.F.