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Norman Willingham

Norman Willingham was a Sergeant in the 35th Squadron of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, acting as a flight engineer. He lived in Ipsden with his wife , Mary. He died, aged 27, on September 3rd 1941 and is buried in the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. At the end of the war graves were brought to the cemetery from the Berlin area and the great majority of those buried were airmen who were lost in the air raids over Berlin and the towns in eastern Germany 

On 2nd September 1941, Halifax I L9560 TL-F took off from Linton-on-Ouse for an operation to bomb Berlin.  It transmitted a signal indicating that the aircraft was on track and about to cross the enemy coast. They were thought to have been the victim of Uffz. Karl Kupfer of 3./NGJ3,  who shot down a plane between 01.15 hrs - 01.28 hrs over Kreuzbruch, 40 km. north of Berlin.  All five crew who lost their lives rest in the Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery.  The other two members were made prisoners of war.

Pilot: P/O. Douglas Fraser 88869 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed
Pilot 2: Sgt. R.L.B. Beare R.A.F.V.R. POW No: 9569 Camps: 8B/L6/L4 
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Norman Willingham 922470 R.A.F.V.R. Age 27. Killed
Obs: P/O. John Peter Boston Cushion 88456 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Denis Slater 755528 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Arthur Henry Stroud 909968 R.A.F.V.R. Age 22. kIlled
Air/Gnr: Sgt. E. Wilkinson R.A.F.V.R. POW No: 9597 Camps: 8B/L3/L6/357
His listing with the Commonwealth War Grave Commission can be found here.