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.


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 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.


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.


Sunday Mirror – 22nd June 1941


How three young British airmen were buried among the kindly Greek people for whom they fought is described in a letter from the padre of a lovely village near the Ionian Sea.

The letter brought comfort to a mother bereaved of her pilot-officer son.

Previously all Mrs. Pickersgill knew was that her son, Paul Bernard Pickersgill, 21, R.A.F. pilot-officer was missing during operations in the East.

Now, in this tender letter, she has proof that he and his two sergeants were given heroes’ burials. The villagers honoured them, the bishop, mayor, prefect and chief of police contributed towards a marble memorial to commemorate their “supreme sacrifice.”

The padre encloses photographs of the flower-heaped graves, which will always be cared for, he says.


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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