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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Lionel George Dowling -

Unknown person Name : Lionel George Dowling

Son of : George Dowling and Beatrice May Dowling (née Row), of Ventnor, Isle of Wight.

Born : 1920, Isle of Wight.
  Electoral Roll information :

1922 - 33 : The family are at 3 Malvern Cottages, Newport Road, Ventnor.

1938 : The family are at Lindore, Lowtherville Road, Ventnor.

  Service Details :

Sgt 1312587 Lionel George Dowling, 78 Sqn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Casualty Details :

Died : 26 July 1942 aged 21.

Commemorated at : Air Forces Memorial Runnymede Panel 82

CWGC Record
  Commemorated on this Memorial :

Ventnor War Memorial
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :


Friday, July 30, 1943 Page 2

Ventnor and the War
Ventnor Airman Killed
Twelve months ago Sergt. Lionel Dowling, only son of Mr. and Mrs. George Dowling, of "Lindore," Lowtherville Road, was posted as missing following an operational flight. His parents have now been officially informed that their son must be presumed to have been killed. Sergt. Dowling was only 21 years of age. We are sure Mr. and Mrs. Dowling will have the heartfelt sympathy of all who know them in their sad loss.

Aircraft :Handley Page Halifax Mk.II W1184 of 78 Sqn.
Other Crew
Pilot :F/O C Mitchener CWGC record ...
:Sgt E A Tweedale CWGC record ...
:Sgt W J Taylor CWGC record ...
:Sgt W K Daniel CWGC record ...
:Sgt D Horgan CWGC record ...
:Sgt G A R Bissonnette, Royal Canadian Air Force CWGC record ...

The aircraft took off from RAF Middleton St George at 22.53 hrs for operations to bomb Hamburg. It was hit by flak and came down in the River Elbe.
It is believed that some of the crew's bodies were taken to Hamburg-Ohlsdorf Cemetery, but their burials appear not to have been recorded by the CWGC and their names are commemorated at the Runnymede Memorial.
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research, John Bloodworth and Dieter Pintatis (Germany) for circumstances of death.
  Page status :
Page last updated : 28 November 2014 (added newspaper report)


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