Lionel Gerald Freeman

Air Bomber, 214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron
Service number 1322558
Died 24 May 1943
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany
Age 21

Headstone Inscription
‘ONE WE LOVED AND WILL NEVER FORGET. SADLY MISSED BY DAD, MUM AND RAYMOND’


Lionel was born in 1922 in West Ham, Essex to Leonard and Betty née Lublinsky who were married in 1919. He had one brother Raymond who was born in 1929.

Lionel was an air bomber on Stirling BF528 which took off from RAF Chedburgh on a night operation to Dortmund. The aircraft crashed near Mönchengladbach killing Lionel and the pilot Jack Wilkins. The other five crew were taken prisoners of war, W.S. Clifton-Mogg, A. Mason, B.A. Kennedy, W.A. Leslie and E.T. Hutching.