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Published 20/07/2011

I wonder if readers can help with my search for family or friends of a wartime airman by the name of Sgt James Gilmore, thought to be from Belfast. He died in a Wellington bomber crash in Donegal on February 28 1943 along with another Belfast man, John Steen Campbell, and four others.

He was a wireless operator airgunner on a crew of six who were all killed when their aircraft crashed near Falcarragh.

He is buried in Carnmoney cemetery. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGGC) online database does not record any age or next of kin for him, but his headstone records that he was 21 when he died.

His grave is not a CWGC one and he is buried with his parents, John Gilmore (died November 1954) and Jane Gilmore (died November 1965).

I believe that they must have come from Belfast.

I am trying to make contact with as many family members as possible.



Dennis Burke

Cloonacool

Tubbercurry

Co Sligo

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