Joseph Norman Polland

Sergeant Joseph Norman Polland died on 19th December 1943 while taking part in a container dropping training exercise over Henlow Airfield, Bedfordshire.


Joseph Norman Polland


Belfast born Joseph Norman Polland served in RAF 138 (Special Duties) Squadron. He died in a training accident over an airfield in Bedfordshire during the winter of 1943.

Sergeant Joseph Norman Polland (1485923) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during World War Two. He was the son of electrician Samuel Polland and Sara Polland of 23 Evolina Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim.

Belfast born Sergeant Polland died in a training incident on 19th December 1943 aged 31 years old. He was a bomb aimer on board Handley Page Halifax BB364 NF-R with RAF 138 (Special Duties) Squadron.

The crew took off from RAF Tempsford, Bedfordshire on a training exercise. The mission involved dropping containers over RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire from around 400 feet. At 1925hrs, after 1 hour 5 minutes in the air, the Mark II bomber collided with a tall factory chimney at Arlesey Brickworks and came down 1 mile south-east of the target area. The collision happened at around 280 feet as the plane circled although the pilot was aware of the chimneys.

The plane caught fire killing all those on board.

Remembering the crew of BB364

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInformation
WilliamsHubert GwynSergeantPilotRAFVR 1394323. Killed in Action. Aged 21 years old.
HighamStanleySergeantFlight EngineerRAFVR 1523110. Killed in Action. Aged 23 years old.
HoughtonHarold MaitlandSergeantNavigatorRAFVR 1543667. Killed in Action. Aged 22 years old.
WoolldridgeCyril ArthurPilot Officer2nd NavigatorRAFVR 155858. Killed in Action. Aged 32 years old.
PollandJoseph NormanSergeantAir BomberRAFVR 1485923. Killed in Action. Aged 31 years old.
AdamsFrank HenrySergeantWireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVR 1395215. Killed in Action. Aged 22 years old.
MooneyJohn EdwardSergeantAir GunnerRAFVR 1032093. Killed in Action. Aged 28 years old.
KiddCyril AddisonSergeantAir GunnerRAFVR 2210121. Killed in Action.
MacIntyreAlexander JohnSergeantPassengerRAF 873863. Killed in Action. Aged 36 years old.

Joseph Norman Polland’s grave is in Section E2, Grave 766 of Dundonald Cemetery, Dundonald, Co. Down. His headstone bears the inscription:

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

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