HILL Allan Barrett
Regiment : 276 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service number : 108018
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 23rd July 1944 aged 23
Buried : Stourbridge (Lye and Wollescote) Cemetery, Worcestershire, England, Section N. Row G. Grave 5.
Relatives : Son of George Harry and Mary Hill, of Stourbridge; husband of Winifred Jessie Hill, of Stourbridge. B.A.
Memorial : Stourbridge King Edward VI Grammar School WW2 Memorial
Also appears on : Stourbridge War Memorial. Lye Christ Church WW2 Window.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Allan Hill was the son of George and Mary Hill and he was married to Winifred. His father was Librarian at Lye Library and a leading figure at the Bethel Chapel at Lye. Allan Hill was educated at King Edward’s School. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force in October 1940 and trained as a pilot in Canada. He was then posted to 276 Squadron of Coastal Command. This was an Air Sea Rescue unit for the Bristol Channel and Western Approaches sectors with airfields at Perranporth and Roborough. The squadron was equipped with Spitfires for spotting, Hudsons for dropping dinghies and Walruses for picking up. Allan was a brilliant pilot and was the first to drop a dinghy from a Spitfire in an operational flight. It was when flying Spitfire VB EN 841 that he was seriously injured in a crash. He died in hospital on the 23rd July 1944 and his funeral was held in Lye. His name is also commemorated at Bethel Chapel where a brass plate commends his devotion to “church and school. He served both with zeal and ability, providing an example worthy to be followed.”