Littleborough’s History


Whose 75  OR 80 year Anniversary occurred in Oct 2019


Flight Sergeant Donald William Jolliffe

Donald was born in Littleborough in 10th May 1922, the son of Walter and Ruby Jolliffe (nee Howarth). Prior to joining the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve on 4th April 1941, Donald was a Draughtsman living in The Bungalow Dane, in Shaw, Congleton. After extensive periods of training including 12 months in Alabama, USA; Donald undertook further training and other service requirement before Flight Sergeant Jolliffe joined 16 Squadron based at RAF Northolt in North West London in August 1944. Donald undertook numerous Spitfire missions based in England before on 4th September 1944  being transferred to advanced Landing Grounds in northern France. He subsequently moved to the former Luftwaffe airfield B.58 at Melsbroek to the north of Brussels on 27th September 1944.  22 year old Flight Sergeant Jolliffe 1238969, 16 Sqdn, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 01/10/1944 failed to return from his sortie, a special mission possibly over Nijmegen in the Netherlands, as his Spitfire was equipped with a photo-camera. Having been reported missing Donald was buried in a temporary grave but on 27th June 1946 he was reburied in Geel War Cemetery, Belgium in grave II C 15. Donald is also remembered in a  stone book is on the Baxter Grave in Mossley Churchyard. At the time of his death his parents were living in Kinmel Bay, Denbighshire.