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Sergeant Raymond HILLIER (1851609) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Air Gunner

Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Lancaster I LL784
 IBCC

Death of Death 1944-04-11 Age : 26 years.

Served in 619 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : Plot KK. Grave 35. at Eindhoven (Woensel) General Ce, Netherlands (Map)

More Details: SON OF HUBERT AND MAUDE LOUISE HILLIER, OF EASTLEIGH, HAMPSHIRE; HUSBAND OF PATRICIA HILLIER, OF EASTLEIGH.

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Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date: 11 Apr 44 Aircraft: Lancaster I LL784 Unit 619 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location , Noord-Brabant
DetailsTook off 2043 11 April 1944 from Coningsby. Both survivors were able to deploy their parachutes after being blown from the Lancaster as it exploded.
SourceHenk Welting's Database
Aircrew details
Recorded in CWGC
Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantIvor Ronald Frank HABERFIELD (1416572) Flight Engi Lancaster I LL784  IBCC 1944-04-11619 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsEindhoven (Woensel) General Ce
SergeantRaymond HILLIER (1851609) Air Gunner Lancaster I LL784  IBCC 1944-04-11619 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsEindhoven (Woensel) General Ce
Warrant OfficerAlexander Armstrong MUNRO (1075155) Air Gunner Lancaster I LL784  IBCC 1944-04-11619 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsEindhoven (Woensel) General Ce
Squadron LeaderJohn William Eunson Duncan McGILVRAY (134533) Pilot Lancaster I LL784  IBCC 1944-04-11619 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsEindhoven (Woensel) General Ce
Pilot OfficerJohn Leonard PRITCHARD (54285) Air Gunner Lancaster I LL784  IBCC 1944-04-11619 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsEindhoven (Woensel) General Ce
Informations on two pilots of 619 SquadronHello Alain, In fact I am try to trace the relatives for Sqdn/Ldr McGilvray for a very long time but without any luck. Since 1998 I have done a research to the loss of Lancaster LL784(crashed over Hapert,S.E. part of The Netherlands) and got in touch with the relatives of Flight Engineer Sgt Haberfield, Mid Upper gunner Sgt Hillier, Wop P/O Pritchard. Further I got in touch with the relatives of one of the survivors Nav F/O Drake. What is your interest in both 619 Sqdn pilots and especially in Sqdn/Ldr McGilvray?? Regards, Adrian ....Read More.lancaster on 1st May 2009 07:47:08DFM information help"This NCO has flown on most of his 28 successful raids with his flight commander, taking part in 5 raids on Bremen, 4 on Essen and those on Italian targets including the daylight raid on Milan. Ever alert in his turret, he has greatly assisted his capatinon all occasions by his fine example and an inspiration to the other members of his crew. For his exemplary serive, he is recommended for the award of the DFM " - so says the citation as published in Tavender. His medals should be something like: 1939-45 Star Aircrew Europe Defence Medal War Medal Almost certainly on his second tour and there is probably a period at a training school between the first and second. He was flying in Lancaster LL784 (this from Chorley) and his pilot was S/L J W E D McGilvray DFC. There were two survivors: F/Os E A Drake and A K Baker. The other crew killed were: Sgts I R F Haberfield and R Hillier and F/O J L Pritchard. Hope that gets you started. Goodluck Old Duffer ....Read More.Oldduffer on 22nd June 2011 12:39:06
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