Flight Sergeant Joseph Stewart (627588) served in the Royal Air Force during World War Two. He was the son of Joseph Stewart and Margaret Stewart, and husband of Susan E Stewart of Belfast, Co. Antrim.
Joseph died on 22nd July 1941 aged 26 years old. He was a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner on Vickers Wellington R1334 with RAF No. 11 Operational Training Unit. The crew took off from RAF Steeple Morden, Hertfordshire on a night-time cross-country training exercise on 21st July 1941. At 0019hrs on 22nd July 1941, a Luftwaffe Junkers JU-88C intercepted the bomber and opened fire. The planes collided and crashed in flames near Ashwell, Hertfordshire. There were no survivors from either craft.
Remembering the crew of Wellington R1334
|Last Name||First Name(s)||Rank||Role||Information|
|Houston||Frederick Slade||Sergeant||Pilot||RCAF R/68200. Killed aged 22 years old.|
|Hannah||Walter Anthony||Sergeant||Pilot||RAFVR 748787. Killed aged 22 years old.|
|Thompson||Bruce Cathcart||Sergeant||Pilot||RAAF 400299.Killed aged 24 years old.|
|Lewis||Claude Mortimer Spratt||Sergeant||Observer||RAFVR 1154594. Killed.|
|Stewart||Joseph||Flight Sergeant||Wireless Air Gunner||RAFVR 627588. Killed aged 26 years old.|
|Hibbert||Reginald Ernest||Sergeant||Wireless Air Gunner||RAFVR 1153276. Killed aged 20 years old.|
|Manning||Percival Theodore||Sergeant||Wireless Air Gunner||RCAF R/59283. Killed aged 20 years old.|
|McAllister||Robert Andrew||Sergeant||Air Gunner||RAAF 404410. Killed aged 26 years old.|
Joseph Stewart’s grave is in Glenalina Extension, Section T1, Grave 233 of Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim. His headstone bears the inscription:
In remembrance of my beloved husband Joseph killed on active service.