William Edward Callaghan

Sergeant William Edward Callaghan of Portadown, Co. Armagh died on 27th December 1940 while flying as part of a an anti-shipping mission over the North Sea.


William Edward Callaghan


Sergeant William Edward Callaghan (623929) served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He was the son of Edward Callaghan and Evelyn Callaghan of 15 Wilmar Gardens, Portadown, Co. Armagh. In civilian life, William was a member of Ballindrum Pipe Band, Moneymore, Co. Londonderry.

Sergeant Callaghan died on 27th December 1940 aged 19 years old while serving in R.A.F. 220 Squadron. He was wireless operator / air gunner on Lockheed Hudson II T9373 NR-G- which took off from R.A.F. St. Eval, Cornwall, England on a night-time Coastal Command anti-surface vessel patrol. The plane ran out of fuel and the crew baled out using parachutes about 3 miles off the coast of Trevose Head, Cornwall, England. Callaghan and one other were lost at sea and the plane crashed at 2129hrs near Towan Farm, St. Merryn, Cornwall, England.

Sergeant Callaghan has no known grave and his name is on Panel 12 of the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England. His name is on the Portadown War Memorial, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

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