John Gordon Eastman

Memorial: South Gloucestershire war dead not on a local memorial

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Medals: 1939–45 Star, War Medal 1939–1945

Rank and number: Sergeant Navigator 1586348

Parents: John Edward and Ethel Eastman

Marital status: Single

Home address: Eweline, Longwell Green, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Schoolboy

Date of birth: 23/09/1923

Place of birth: Bristol

Date of death: 28/04/1944

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Schoenau Churchyard, Bas-Rhin, France. Not commemorated on a local memorial

Age: 20

Further information:

John was born in Bristol, the son of a clerk at the Ministry of Labour and the eldest of two brothers. John attended Kingswood Grammar School and obtained his Bristol University First School Certificate in 1939.

John enlisted in the 15th Squadron, RAFVR in 1941 and was stationed at RAF Mildenhall. On the night of the 27th April 1944, John and his crew mates took off from Mildenhall aboard Lancaster ILL801 for a night bombing raid on Germany. The aircraft was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Schoenau (Bas-Rhin) a small village on the West bank of the Rhine, opposite the German community of Rheinhausen (Oberhausen). John was buried there in the Churchyard along with three other members of his crew.

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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