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522572   Sergeant Harold Chapman
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/01/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 149 Squadron, Royal Air Force (British Air Force)
Date Of Birth: 02/06/1918
Died: 18/03/1941 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
Summary      
Harold Chapman was the son of John and Madoline Chapman. They lived at Tamnamore Road, Dungannon. Harold was born in Dungannon on 2nd June 1918. He was the younger of two sons. Sergeant (Wireless Operator) Harold Chapman served with the Royal Air Force in World War Two. Sergeant (Wireless Operator) Harold Chapman was killed in action the 18th March 1941 near RAF Mildenhall.
Further Information
Harold Chapman was the son of John and Madoline Chapman. John Chapman and Madoline Kerr were married on 26th August 1915 in the district of Dungannon. They lived at 81 Tamnamore Road, Dungannon.
Harold was born in Dungannon on 2nd June 1918. He was the younger of two sons, both born in the Dungannon area.
Known family: John Chapman, Madoline Chapman, John Chapman (born 27th January 1917), Harold Chapman (born 2nd June 1918).
Sergeant (Wireless Operator) Harold Chapman served with the Royal Air Force in World War Two.
On the night of 17th March 1941, Sergeant Chapman was one of a crew of six on board a Wellington bomber (serial no, R-1474) from the 149 Squadron. Their plane was one of eleven Wellington bombers which took off from RAF Mildenhall bound for Bremen in Germany.
Wellington Bomber
Early in the morning of the 18th, the eleven Wellington's returned home. Just as the landing lights at Mildenhall came on, a long range night German fighter attacked. The Wellington was hit crashed to the ground, landing on a bungalow, killing all six crew. The crew were:
bullet Sergeant Douglas John CAPEL (759110) Air Gunner
bullet Sergeant Harold CHAPMAN (522572) Wireless Operator
bullet Sergeant Evan Roy COOKE (967092) Pilot
bullet Sergeant William James GREAVES (971158) Wireless Operator
bullet Sergeant Ernest Arthur LOWN (911887) Observer
bullet Sergeant Ronald WARREN (754029) Pilot
Sergeant (Wireless Operator) Harold Chapman was killed in action the 18th March 1941 near RAF Mildenhall.
Sergeant (Wireless Operator) Harold Chapmanís remains were returned home and he was buried in a non-CWGC grave in Grange (Society of Friends) Burial Ground near Moy in County Tyrone.
Harold Chapman's gravestone
Sergeant Harold Chapman is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial and on Moy War Memorial.
Many thanks to Kenny Farquhar, whose research was instrumental to this information.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Tamnamore Road Killyman Lived at Tamnamore Road 54.492947 -6.671851
2 Grange Soc Of Friends Cemetery Moy Buried in Grange Soc Of Friends Cemetery 54.470792 -6.701875
References and Links
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1 Facebook post - Kenny Farquhar Details of Sergeant Harold Chapman
2 National Archives UK Official details of crew and crash
3 RAF Commands - R1474 Details of crew and crash
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Sergeant Harold Chapman's gravestone can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2020