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Joseph Starr (Star) Rank: Flying Officer (Pilot)   Service:   No. 28 OTU, Royal Air Force Service No: 53473   Date of Birth: 1915  Joseph was the son of Max and Bertha Star of Yarmouth, NS and husband of Irene Ellen Star (England). He travelled to England prior to the outbreak of WWII and joined the Royal Air Force. He was the first Yarmouth casualty of Jewish parentage. He was the pilot of Vickers Wellington Mk.X LP397 of No.28 OTU on June 13, 1944.   Some 25 minutes after it took off on a cross country exercise from Castle Donington it entered a thunderstorm. Shortly afterwards the aircraft was seen to dive near vertically out of the cloud and into the ground near the village of Mayfield, a village on the outskirts of Ashbourne in Derbyshire, UK. The crew, Joseph Starr Flying Officer, RAF, Pilot, George David Wills Buchanan, Flying Officer, RCAF, Navigator,  William Corley Davis Sergeant, RCAF, Bomb Aimer,  William George Paterson, Sergeant, RAFVR, Air Gunner, James Joseph Urban Stevens, Sergeant, RCAF, Air Gunner, and Richard John Taylor, Sergeant, RCAF, Air Gunner, were all killed. The Mayfield Heritage Group unveiled a memorial in the churchyard of Mayfield parish church on June 12th 2011. Date of Death: June 13, 1944 Age at Death: 29 Cemetery: Nottingham (Wilford Hill) Jewish Cemetery,   Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom Grave Reference: Grave 59 The 106th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial (Star on the Yarmouth War Memorial) Commemorated on page 216 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on September 29   Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Canadian Virtual War Memorial Peak District Air Accident Research    
Joseph Starr