Sergeant David Gillis (1025077) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Gillis of 31 Victoria Terrace, Castle Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh. At his time of death, David was a resident of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
However, David had grown up in Portadown, Co. Armagh and as a young man was a sergeant in 1st Portadown Boys’ Brigade.
Sergeant Gillis died on 22nd June 1943 while serving in R.A.F. 90 Squadron. He was an air gunner on Short Stirling III EE887 WP-T when it took off from R.A.F. West Wickham, Suffolk, England for a night-time raid on Krefeld, Germany. A night fighter shot the bomber down off the Dutch coast north west of Hoorn.
Sergeant Gillis’ grave is in Plot 2, Row D, Grave 19 of Bergen General Cemetery, Netherlands. His name is on the Portadown War Memorial, Portadown, Co. Armagh.