John Gillam BUNN, Sergeant (Navigator), 108 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Killed in Malta

 

John Gillam Bunn was born in 1923, the only son of Frederick Charles Bunn and Phyllis Ellen Bunn (nee Gillam). John's father had been born in Winchester, Hampshire in 1894; his mother in Bocking the following year. His parents had married in Braintree on 18th May 1918. At the time John’s father was a 23 year-old soldier living in Blackdown Camp in Hampshire. Frederick’s bride was aged 22 and lived at 111 South Street in Braintree.

John was followed by two younger sisters.

John was educated at King Edward VI's Grammar School in Chelmsford and subsequently worked for Messrs Luckin & Sheldrake in Chelmsford.

When aged 18 John joined the Royal Air Force (Volunteer Reserve). He trained in South Africa and saw service with 108 Squadron squadron, a night fighter squadron in England and in north Africa, flying Beaufighters. He went to Malta in 1944 but lost his life there within a few weeks on active service on 18th June 1944. He was aged 21 and serving as Sergeant (Navigator) 1612957.

At the time of his death John's parents were living at 152 Wood Street, Chelmsford.

Today John lies at Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery in Malta (Prot. Sec. (Men's). Plot F. Coll. grave 51.)

John is commemorated on the King Edward VI's Grammar School War Memorial.

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