Freeman, John Anthony

Age: Not known
Date of birth: Not Known

Parents: Not known
Wife: Not known
Address: Not known

Occupation:

We have found a John A Freeman who was living in Warwick and married Lucy Bluck in 1920 – these may be John’s parents.

We have also found a John Freeman living with his family – father Herbert, mother Martha and brother Philip – in Sherbourne in 1939.

We would welcome any further information from members of the public to try to establish John’s identity.

Military Service

Rank & Number: Sergeant (Flight Engineer), 1483956
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Brigade/Division: 207 Squadron
Date of death: 22nd May 1944
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action - his aircraft came down in the sea killing five of the seven crew
Commemorated/Buried: Buried in Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery, Denmark. A. 12. 17.
Awards:
Commemorated locally at: St Paul's Church

RAF command website gave this information on the circumstances of John’s death but no personal details:

“Took off 2210 21 May 1944 from Spilsby for mining operations in Danish waters. Picked up by a night-fighter whose cannon fire caused a violent explosion; ejecting both survivors both of whom were badly wounded.” 5 of the 7 crew, including John, were killed

Contributors

  • Unlocking Warwick Research Group
  • RAF Commands website
  • Cemetery photograph courtesy of Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)

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