|Birth: ||Aug. 11, 1926|
Greater London, England
|Death: ||Sep. 10, 1951|
Lionel was a Flying Officer in the Royal Air Force, 84 Squadron. Service No.3504859, based at RAF Wattisham.The Gloster Meteor was on a routine flight flying at about 1,500ft . Somewhere down below in the town was the pilot's lady love. Her identity remains unknown, but according to a widely circulated story, she was a Leigh school-teacher, taking a primary class at the time. As he passed over her head, Millikin put the Meteor into a victory roll. The manoeuvre was allegedly a love token. Whatever the implicit message, it proved fatal. Half way through, the engine stalled. The plane dived towards the ground, disintegrating as it plunged. Sections of the plane scythed their way through rooftops, and crashed into streets and gardens. The epicentre of the crash lay around a cluster of neighbouring houses in Hainault Avenue, Brightwell Avenue, Beedell Avenue and Ramuz Avenue. The most lethal piece of debris turned out to be the fuel tank, which hit No 105 Ramuz. The people inside stood little chance. Miss A Gilbert, was killed on the spot. Her landlady, Mrs J Sydenham, a widow, died later in hospital. Flying metal also caught Painter-decorator Sidney Smith as he painted the front of a house in neighbouring Ramuz Avenue. He too was killed.
Lionel was 25 and the son of Edgar Horace Millikin and Muriel Millikin, nee Dancy.He is included on the Armed Forces Memorial and on their Roll of Honour.He is also remembered on the roll of honour in the church.
His parents were later laid to rest with him.
note:The Roll of Honour ( Armed Forces Memorial ) shows the original place of burial as RINGSHALL CHURCHYARD SUFFOLK, but subsequently it seems that the body was exhumed and reinterred. The details on the Roll of Honour will be changed when the next amendments are made;e-mail from Armed Forces Memorial 25th January 2010)
Headstone: In loving memory of our dear son Flying Officer LIONEL MILLIKIN,
R.A.F. killed 10th Sept. 1951 aged 25 years beloved by all also EDGAR HORACE
MILLIKIN father of the above died 5th March 1982 aged 88 years
Tablet: also wife and mother MURIEL [nee DANCEY] passed away 17th May 1992
Rest in peace
Kerb east end: For ever to live immortal
Note: Marble headstone, pointed top with recessed stepped shoulders with the RAF emblem in relief in roundel at top, and kerb with raised square corner posts east end, central square flower holder with incised cross on east side, raised tablet west end
St Laurence and All Saints Churchyard
Southend-on-Sea Unitary Authority
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: geoffrey gillon
Record added: Jan 19, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46869563