John Edward Hulland

John Edward Hulland (known as Jack) was born 29 June, 1922 in Bishopsteignton, Devon. Son of Edward and Ethel Hulland (née Taylor). He served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, as a Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) in 622 Squadron, 1410959. Jack was killed when his aircraft came down on 20 April, 1945.

Early Life

 

John Edward Hulland (known as Jack) was born 29 June, 1922 in Bishopsteignton, Devon.

Jack Hulland
Flight Sergeant J E Hulland

Son of Edward Charles and Ethel May Hulland (née Taylor). Jacks father Edward was born in 1898 in Exeter and moved to Cockhaven Street, Bishopsteignton around 1911 with his parents Charles, Kate, brother Thomas Henry and his two sisters Florence May and Laura Kathleen. Edward Hulland served in WWI as a private in the Labour Corps, and later became a bricklayer. Ethel was born in 1901 in Evershot, Dorset. Edward and Ethel married in April 1922 and they moved to 2 Puner Cottage, Bishopsteignton. Jack was born the same year.

They later moved to 6 Radway Street, Bishopsteignton.

Jack worked as an apprentice plumber before he joined the R.A.F.[1]

Military Service

622 Squadron RAF
622 Squadron RAF Badge

 

John Edward Hulland was in the reserve aircrew of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, which operated as a bomber squadron of the RAF during World War II.

PA285 Crew
Jack with his crew

 

He served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, as a Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) in 622 Squadron, 1410959.

J Hulland & Sammy
Jack & Sammy

 

The 622 Squadron was based at RAF Mildenhall in Sussex and operated in Bomber Command’s main force as part of No 3 Group.

622 Squadron RAF
Bomber Command 3 Group
622 Squadron RAF

 

It was equipped with Stirling Mk. III and Avro Lancaster Mk. I and Mk.III bombers.[2]

Avro Lancaster I
Avro Lancaster I

 

Whilst at RAF Mildenhall Jack had a girlfriend called June who also worked at the air base as a photograph interpreter.[3]

June RAF Mildenhall
J Hullands Girlfriend June

 

PA285 Crew
Jack with his crew

Death and Burial

 

Jack Hulland and the six other members of the aircrew departed from RAF Mildenhall at 21:57 on Thursday, 19 April 1945.

The crew of PA285
The crew of PA285
(Credit Stuart Charlton)

They were onboard an Avro Lancaster (type I, with serial PA285 and code GI-O), their target was an oil depot at Regensburg, Germany.[4]

RAF Bomber Command Report
RAF Bomber Command Report

The aircraft was hit by flak and seen going out of control as five parachutes were observed to leave the Lancaster. It is reported that three of the bodies were found in the wreckage, whilst three had been electrocuted on an overhead electric cable, Jack being one of those.

PA285 RAF Crash Report
PA285 RAF Crash Report

The aircraft crash landed in Burgweinting, which is a short distance SE of Regensburg. Only Flight Sergeant E. Parker survived to return to the UK on 12 May 1945. Out of 100 aircraft sent to that particular target that night, PA285 was the only one that did not return.

 

RAF PA285 Graves
Place of Burial
RAF PA285

 

John Edward Hulland died at the crash site on 20 April, 1945.

Hulland Burial
Hulland Grave inscription

Burial

Durnbach War Cemetery.

Bayern, Germany.

Plot 5. G. 21.[5]

 

J Hulland grave
Temporary grave of JE Hulland

 

 

Tribute to an Air Gunner

Tribute to an Air Gunner
Tribute to an Air Gunner

 

Descendants

 

Jacks parents Edward and Ethel received several telegrams to 53 Radway Street, Bishopsteignton.

Telegram of missing RA285
Telegram of missing RA285

 

Letter from King George
Letter of condolence from King George

 

Jacks parents remained in the area for rest of their lives. Edward passed away December, 1967.

Many of the details above were provided by Mrs Hazel Hunting (née Back), the cousin of Jack. Hazel was the daughter of Lewis Back and Ivy Lillian Taylor, the sister of Ethel May. Ethel’s mother, Emeline Taylor (née Back) lived at 4 Cockhaven Street, Bishopsteignton with Hazel and Ivy in 1939. Ethel passed away in June, 1980 in Bishopsteignton. Hazel married James Hunting from Teignmouth. Hazel passed away in 2005 and James soon after in 2009.

 

Taylor Family
L-R Hazel Back, Emeline Germon,  Ivy Taylor, Bridget Channing.

 

If you happen to have any more information that you would like to share, please leave a comment below or contact us directly by email.

 

John Edward Hulland is remembered by the village of Bishopsteignton.

 

Hulland Memorial
Hulland Memorial

 

 

 

References and credits

Author – Nathan Hutchinson

Photo credit :

Stuart Charlton

IBCC Digital Archive

 

Links :

1. https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/165318936/person/322151111073/facts

2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._622_Squadron_RAF

3. Notes taken from Mrs Hazel Hunting (née Back), the cousin of John Edward Hulland. And compiled by her neighbour, Ian Johnson.

4. https://www.backtonormandy.org/the-history/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/lancaster/17401-PA2851945-04-18.html

5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2101954/hulland,-john-edward/

 

4 Replies to “John Edward Hulland”

  1. The girl in the photograph is Hazel back. The other ladies are not from the Back family so also assume they are the Taylor family. Probably Hazel Back, 1929-2005, Mother Ivy Taylor, 1906-1997, Grandmother, Emilina Germon 1869-1983, Great Grandmother, Bridget Channing 1845 – 1939 (Born in County Clare, Ireland)

    1. Many thanks for taking the time to post Rowena, I only just saw your reply. After further research I had come to the same conclusion for Hazel, Ivy and Emilina but thought the seated lady on the left was Jack’s mother Ethel and Emelina was the lady on the right. I did wonder that the age gap between Ivy & Ethel looked too close! I have Bridget Shanion on Ancestry, is it definitely Channing? Regards Nathan.

      1. The Marriage record from North Bovey says Channing and the first child is also called Channing in the official birth register although both appear as Shanion elsewhere. Channing is a name of Irish origin.

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