John Rowland Hill John Rowland Hill

Graveyard / Begraafplaats: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery
Location / Locatie: KK coll. grave 85-88

Militairy Service / Krijgsdienst: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Rang: Flight Lieutenant
Regiment: 49 Sqdn.
Number / Nummer: 126789

Age / Leeftijd: 29
Birthplace / Geboorteplaats: Bristol
Date of death / Overlijdensdatum: 22/06/1944
Place of death / Overlijdensplaats: Nuenen

Son of George William and Mary Hill Ammelie from Holbrook; Derbyshire. B.Sc.

John Rowland Hill was born in Bristol in 1915. John’s father George died in the war of 1914-18. Ammelie John was raising alone.

Ammelie remarried Charles Fredrick Russett a businessman from Bristol in 1931 when John was 15 years old. Or John (Jack) as he was called by his family, was very good at school and continued at the university where he obtained his academic degree. After college, John began teaching at the Chipping Campden Grammar School. Already at the beginning of the 2nd world war decided upon, although he was a reservist, to enter service with the RAF.

He was sent to Canada for training on Lancaster Bombers aircraft he was placed in the 49 Sqn Scampton in Lincolnshire. 49 Sqn moved to Fiskerton Airfield in 1944 when the Scampton runway was improved. During his stay in Scampton John met a WAAF named Eve, they decided to marry together two weeks before the wedding on June 21, 1944, John (Johnny) as he was called by his crew, he went at 23:00 on a flight to Germany .

F / L Johnny Hill and his crew were several hours later shot down by a German night fighter.

On June 22, 1944 collapsed on the Laws end of a Lancaster bomber crashed I of 49 Squadron, flown by F / Lt J.R. Hill. He came with his entire crew were killed: Sgt. G. F. Witty; F / O K.W. Jones; Sgt. T. B. Whewell; Sgt. T. A. Hall; Sgt. D.M.F. Bell and F / Sgt G.F. Wood. The bomber was a member from a mission to Germany with the intention to bomb a complex of chemical plants in Gelsenkirchen, where synthetic fuel from coal was mined. Of the 123 Lancasters who had participated in the raid, eight were shot down over Brabant. Except in Nuenen, they crashed in Boxtel, Drunen Helvoirt, Macharen, Riethoven, in Werkendam in the Biesbosch and Westerhoven.

The Crew was on her 9th surgery. They flew in a Lancaster ME675 (EA-R).

Doublegrave with Jones KW

Related / Gerelateerde
George Frederick Witty - Sergeant
Kenneth Walton Jones - Flying Officer
Thomas Birtwistle Whewell - Sergeant
David Mcfarlane Forsyth Bell - Flight Sergeant
Thomas Albert Hall - Sergeant
George Frederick Wood - Flight Sergeant

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