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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. G E Lille


George Edward Lille was born on 13th February 1916 and joined the RAF about July 1939 as a direct-entry Airman u/t Observer. He went to an ITW and then on to 7 B&GS on 25th November 1939 for No. 2 Air Observer Course.

He was withdrawn from the course on 30th December after failing the navigation training.

Lille remustered as an Airman u/t Air Gunner and after completing his training he was posted to 264 Squadron at Martlesham Heath around April/May 1940 as a LAC.

Off Dunkirk on 29th May, flying with P/O GH Hackwood, Lille shot down a Me109, a Me110 and a Ju87 and they shared in the destruction of another Me110 and two Ju87s.

On the 31st, again off Dunkirk, they shot down two He111s and shared another.

The last mention of Lille in the 264 Squadron Operational Record Book was a sortie flown on 19th July 1940. Lille was commissioned on 25th June 1942.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented though someone of this name is recorded as flying in Halifaxes of 35 Squadron.

Lille died in November 1984 in Thanet.


Above: 264 Squadron gunners

Cpl. A Lippett*, Sgt. RC Turner, Sgt. FJ Barker, Sgt. SB Johnson*, Sgt. LH Hayden, Sgt. JF Wise, Sgt. GE Lille

Sgt. ER Thorn**, P/O FH King, LAC HT Fairbrother*, P/O Williams* ,LAC A Fidler*, Sgt. WE Cox

* not a Clasp holder
** Thorn was a pilot

Cpl. A Lippett (MIA 31st May 1940)
Sgt. SB Johnson (MIA 31st May 1940)
LAC A Fidler (KIA 31st May 1940)


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