Flight Lieutenant Joseph Lockington Lilburnwas born on 22nd September 1919.
His father was a R K Lilburn of 11 Temple Villas, Palmerston Road, Dublin who worked for the Royal Bank of Ireland Ltd.
Lilburn joined the Belfast Banking Company on 4th May 1937.
J L Lilburn once wrote:
“…. Had there not been no war, I should not have thought of getting married until I have at least 10 years service in the Bank….”
Lilburn served as a Warrant Officer (Service Number 745459) with the RAF (Volunteer Reserve). He was promoted to Pilot Officer (with Service Number 156634) on 11th July 1943, Flying Officer on 11th January 1944 and Flight Lieutenant on 18th March 1945. He was then retained permanently on the RAF Active List until 1954.
A family friend of Lilburn is in possession of copies of his Log Book describing every flight he made during and after the war.
‘Paddy' Lilburn, as he was known, initially flew from RAF Eglinton Airport (now known as the City of Derry Airport). He flew Hurricanes and Spitfires during the war but did not take part in the Battle of Britain due to being posted to Scotland. Later he flew missions over Europe.
Lilburn was a member of the Belfast Banking Company Sports Club on 24th April 1946 paying 5 shillings subscription. He served in Head Office and North End branch.
Lilburn resigned from the bank on 11th July 1946.
'Paddy' did not return to banking but stayed in the RAF.
Lilburn died on 14th November 2002 in Horsham, West Sussex. He was described as a retired Fighter Pilot.