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Name: George HALL
Casualty No.: Ranks: Sergeant, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Initials: G Service No.: 988958
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 30
Unit: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Prudhoe, Northumberland.
Home Address: 36 Milton Grove, Prudhoe, Northumberland.
Previous Address: Lamb's Arms Buildings, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Painter and decorator (sign writer).
How Died: Killed as a result of a mid air aircraft collision
Date of Death: Thursday 18th November 1943
Place of Death: Palestine
Battle/Campaign:
Locally Commemorated: St John's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: St. Mary Magdalene Church, Prudhoe, Northumberland.
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Son of Thomas and Annie Hall, of Lamb's Arms Buildings, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Husband of Elizabeth Margaret Hall, of 36 Milton Grove, Prudhoe, Northumberland. Brothers: Bobby, Thomas, John and Joseph. Sisters: Marjorie, Cathy and Betty.
Notes : George was educated at Emmaville and Ryton schools. On leaving his education he trained in the family painting and decorating business as a sign writer (Halls Painters and Decorators of Crawcrook). His interests varied and enjoyed sports, camping and scouting. He was an active member of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Main Street, Crawcrook, and along with his brothers, was a keen member of Ryton Rugby Club. He enlisted in the RAF on 3rd May 1940, and had been in the Middle East since April 1943. Two of his brothers served in the forces, Robert with the RAF and Thomas with the Royal Armoured Corps. George and Robert had not seen each other for over three years but met in the Middle East (just weeks before George died) and had a celebration drink at a cafe in Alexandria, Egypt. George was flying with the 1675 Heavy Conversion Unit, Middle East Command, as a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner. He was on board Liberator AL540 when the aircraft collided in mid air with the Hurricane BV168 near Lydda aerodrome, Palestine. The entire Liberator crew lost their lives. The Hurricane pilot was injured.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Blaydon Courier, 26th November 1943. Hexham Courant, November 1943. Information from family members.
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