Born: 1919, Easington, Durham.

Died: 7th December 1940; age: 21.

Rank: Flying Officer/Pilot; Service Number: 41057.

Regiment: Royal Air Force, 211 Squadron.


Grave Reference:


Phaleron War Cemetery,





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 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.


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.

Fellow Crew:

Harry Taylor; Sergeant/Observer; age 23; R.A.F.V.R.

Alfred Norman Hallett; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; R.A.F.

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