Joseph Stewart

Flight Sergeant Joseph Stewart of Belfast, Co. Antrim died on 22nd July 1941 when a Luftwaffe night fighter intercepted Wellington R1334 over Hertfordshire.

Flight Sergeant

Joseph Stewart

627588

Flight Sergeant Joseph Stewart of Belfast, Co. Antrim served in the Royal Air Force and was attached to RAF No. 11 Operational Training Unit at the time of his death in 1941.

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 NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInformation
HoustonFrederick SladeSergeantPilotRCAF R/68200. Killed aged 22 years old.
HannahWalter AnthonySergeantPilotRAFVR 748787. Killed aged 22 years old.
ThompsonBruce CathcartSergeantPilotRAAF 400299.Killed aged 24 years old.
LewisClaude Mortimer SprattSergeantObserverRAFVR 1154594. Killed.
StewartJosephFlight SergeantWireless Air GunnerRAFVR 627588. Killed aged 26 years old.
HibbertReginald ErnestSergeantWireless Air GunnerRAFVR 1153276. Killed aged 20 years old.
ManningPercival TheodoreSergeantWireless Air GunnerRCAF R/59283. Killed aged 20 years old.
McAllisterRobert AndrewSergeantAir GunnerRAAF 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.