Joseph Albert Golding

Navigator, 138 Squadron
Service number 945043
Died 3 December 1944
Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial
Age 25


Joseph was born in 1919 in Wrexham, Denbighshire to Mark and Hannah née Cadwallader. Mark had an older sister Margaret. Joseph married Pauline nee Wagg in July 1944 in Wrexham five months before he was killed. Pauline was pregnant with their daughter Anthea who was born three months after her father’s death.

Joseph was the navigator in Stirling LK143 which took off from RAF Tempsford on a mission to drop supplies to the Danish resistance at Tablejam 169 which was located 9½ km N of Kolind, 6 1/4 km S of Fjellerup and Tablejam 177 which was located 15½ km NE of Randers, 5 km N of Mellerup. The aircraft carried 12 containers and 1 package for each drop zone.

The crew were:
Pilot F/O George Frederick Nichols Flight Engineer Sgt Arthur Cecil “Taffy” Butler
F/S Joseph Albert Golding
F/S John George Harris
F/S Leslie William Poulson RAAF Sgt Frederick Albert Walter Filer F/S Charles Edward Terrell.

A report from the Danish resistance stated that the aircraft did not reach any of the drop zones and that they had no news about the aircraft. The aircraft was lost without trace and the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in the United Kingdom.