Wanbon, Julian Robert

Age: 23
Date of birth: c1919

Parents: James Robert and Madeline Ethel (nee Sheldrake) Wanbon
Wife: Margaret Jean Wanbon of Norwich
Address: 29 Wall Road, Norwich


Julian Robert Wanbon was born in Norwich, Norfolk in 1919. He had an older sister, Margaret Anne Maud (1918-2010).

The 1939 Register shows both parents living at 29 Wall Road, Norwich – neither Julian or Margaret were living at home and Margaret had married a Philip Robinson in the same year. James is listed as a Police Officer.

Julian married Margaret Jean (maiden name unknown) in Q4 1940 and they had one child.

His father died in 1967 and his mother in 1977.

The only known connection with Warwick is that Julian was operating out of Wellesbourne Airfield and may have been lodging with a family in Warwick. Any further information would be welcome.

Military Service

Rank & Number: Flight Sergeant, 902718
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Date of death: 31st May 1942
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action
Commemorated/Buried: Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 76
Commemorated locally at: All Saints Church, Wellesbourne Royal Air Force Roll of Honour

Julian was part of Operation Millenium, out of Wellesbourne Airfield, Warwickshire.  Here are details from ‘Wings over Wellesbourne’ – see Contributors below:


  • Special thanks to Nick Pratley and his father Jack Pratley for Julian’s wedding photograph and details of Operation Millenium – obtained from their book ‘Wings Over Wellesbourne Vol 1&2’.  Thanks also to their publisher Dave Dover of ReprintUK
  • Unlocking Warwick Research Group

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