Bid to trace relatives of RAF serviceman

Grave of Sgt Wilfred Billingham in Shiregreen Cemetery
Grave of Sgt Wilfred Billingham in Shiregreen Cemetery
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This overgrown gravestone in Shiregreen cemetery belongs to an RAF serviceman who lost his life while serving his country.

Now a war researcher is hoping to trace the family of Sgt Wilfred Billingham.

The navigator was 21 when he was killed with his pilot during a training flight, when their aircraft clipped trees and overturned near Kilham in East Yorkshire on February 5, 1943.

He is buried with his father Joseph Billingham, who lived with his mother Eliza in Shiregreen.

Kelvin Youngs, who researches World War Two aircrew, was sent the photograph and is now appealing for descendants of Sgt Billingham to get in touch.

He added: “The grave is sunken and I just felt so sad to see it like this.

“I’d like to get in touch with the family if I can, so we could get it sorted.”

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