Johannes ‘Joop’ Jillings

On the left in this photo, this man served with the RDNAS and RAF 320 (Dutch) Squadron.

There’s a memorial taking place on 18 December, and we’re urgently seeking relatives who might want to know about it or to attend. He was born 15 Feb 1916 in Sneek, and died on 29 Dec 1944 in Boncelles during the Battle of the Bulge in Mitchell II FV928 (EV-K) of 180 Squadron out of RAF Melsbroek to Vielsalm. He married Margaret Blakeborough (1 Nov 1914 – 29 Jan 1986) on 21 Aug 1943, and his son, also Johannes Jillings (‘John’) was born 25 Apr 1945 in Morpeth and died about Jun 1971 in the Derby area. Other possible family names associated with his family tree are Abbot, Beemster, Punter and Noordeloos, although these are less sure.

Any connection to anyone you know? Please get in touch without delay!

Thank you.

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3 thoughts on “Johannes ‘Joop’ Jillings

  1. Mijn opa rinke Jillings kwam uit Friesland
    De laatste jaren van zijn leven in Laren gewoond
    Waar hij overleden is . Hij is 80 jaar geworden

  2. Beste,

    Voor AD/Amersfoortse Courant maak ik portretjes van bekende Nederlanders/Amersfoorters en oorlogsslachtoffers die op Rusthof begraven liggen. Ik wil graag ook aandacht besteden aan Joop Jillings en ik ben benieuwd of er meer gegevens bekend zijn geworden dan hier gepubliceerd en of de familie zich heeft gemeld.

    Met vriendelijke groet,

    Remco Reiding

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