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947052   Sergeant John Porter Langlands
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 23/02/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (British Air Force)
Date Of Birth: 29/11/1918
Died: 09/03/1943 (Died by accident)
Age: 24
Summary      
John Porter Langlands was the son of John Baxter and Winifred Langlands. He was born in Dungannon on 29th November 1918. Sergeant John Porter Langlands served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in World War Two. On 9th March 1943, Sergeant John Porter Langlands was navigator on Beaufighter aircraft (Serial No EL359) when it stalled and crashed on approach, three miles east of Brampton Aerodrome.
Further Information
According to 1910 Ulster Towns Directory, John Langlands & Sons were ironmongers and seed merchants operating from Church Street in Dungannon.
The 1911 census has a possible listing of John Porter Langlands at house 5 in Park Road (West), Dungannon. John is listed as an iron monger.
John Porter Langlands was the son of John Baxter and Winifred Langlands. John Langlands and Winifred Milligan were married on 12th September 1917 in the Dungannon area.
John Porter Langlands was born in Dungannon on 29th November 1918.
Known family: John Baxter Langlands, Winifred Langlands, John Porter Langlands (born 29th November 1918).
John Porter Langlands attended Belfast Royal Academical Institution (Inst) in Belfast.
Sergeant John Porter Langlands served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in World War Two.
On 9th March 1943, Sergeant John Porter Langlands was navigator on Beaufighter aircraft (Serial No EL359) when it stalled and crashed on approach, three miles east of Brampton Aerodrome, north of Luton.
Bristol Beaufighter
Two of the three man were killed in the accident. The other man to die was Sgt (Pilot) Bristow Tulley (NZ416558), who was buried in Carlisle.
Sergeant John Langlandsí remains were brought home to Dungannon and he was buried in Drumcoo Cemetery in Dungannon. His inscription reads: AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
John Porter Langlands gravestone
Sergeant John Langlands is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial.
Sergeant John Langlands is also commemorated on the Belfast Royal Academical Institution Roll of Honour for the pre-World War II Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
The CWGC record Sergeant (Navigator) John Porter Langlands as the son of John Baxter Langlands and Winifred Langlands of Dungannon.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Drumcoo cemetery Dungannon Central Buried in Drumcoo cemetery 54.509404 -6.765911
References and Links
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1 1910 Ulster Towns Directory Langlands, John & Sons, ironmongers and seed merchants, Church Street
2 1911 Census lists John Langlands Possible listing of father at house 5 in Park Road (West), Dungannon, Tyrone
3 Inst RAFVR WW2 Memorial Serg John Porter Langlands on Memorial
4 RAF Commands - EL359 Details of crew
5 RAF Commands - Forum Details of accident
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Serg John Porter Langlands' gravestone can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2021