Canadian Virtual War Memorial

James William Billing

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant James William Billing

March 2, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

R/110092

Age:

22

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

487 (R.N.Z.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Son of Ernest Albert and Gertrude Billing, of Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 136 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

FELTWELL (ST. NICHOLAS) CHURCHYARD
Norfolk, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Row D. Grave 4.

Location:

Feltwell is a village and parish in the west of Norfolk, 5.5 miles north-west of Brandon. The nearest railway station is Lakenham, 3 miles to the south. The church of St. Nicholas stands at the north-western boundary of the village. The churchyard is some 31 acres in size, and contains war graves of both world wars. The 1914-1918 burials number only six, and are scattered, but most of the 1939-1945 War graves are together in the north-western corner. Here, during the early months of the war, the Parochial Church Council set aside ground for the burial of airmen from Feltwell Royal Air Force Station, and this is now the War Graves Plot. It is enclosed on two sides by hedges of thorn and on the other two sides by hedges of English yew, with the entrance on the south. The Cross of Sacrifice is at the south-western corner, and the graves are in level mown grass with continuous flower borders along the rows of headstones. There are in this churchyard the graves of 48 servicemen who died during the 1939-45 War. All save six of these men are airmen and thirty nine of the graves are in the War Graves Plot. The plot also contains two graves which are not war graves. A civilian, the wife of an airman at the R.A.F. Station. was buried there in 1941; as was an airman from the station who died in 1948.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant James William Billing is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant James William Billing is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Vancouver Sun. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Vancouver Sun. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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