Sergeant Kenneth Greenwood - 431 Squadron  
   

Sergeant Kenneth Greenwood  - RAFVR 

 

 Sergeant Kenneth Greenwood was serving as Flight Engineer on board Halifax MK V. LK698 coded SE-W during a night training exercise which included  practice bombing at the Strenshall bombing range on January 5, 1944. The aircraft encountered heavy turbulence upon returning to base and crashed near Middleton St. George killing all crewmembers. The flash lit up the sky with the burning wreckage strewn over a radius of 400 yards on Rutters Farm, one quarter of a mile north of Long Newton and one mile north of Middleton St. George.

 The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/Sgt Hugh Morrison

RCAF

Pilot

Calgary, Alberta

25

Sgt Kenneth Greenwood

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Leeds, W.Yorkshire

22

F/O George Shank

RCAF

Navigator

Markham, Ontario

29

F/Sgt Arthur Schoenthaler

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

Winnipeg, Manitoba

21

Sgt Edward Barlow

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

Whitefield, Lancashire

20

Sgt Joseph Lamontagne

RCAF

Mid Upper Gunner

Montreal, Quebec

29

 

Kenneth Greenwood's Grave

The funeral for five of the crew members was held at 10.30 on January 11th 1944 at the Royal Air force Cemetery at Stonefall, Harrogate with Flight Lieutenant Father McCann officiating. Sergeant Greenwood was taken to his local churchyard at Shipley (Nab Wood) Cemetery for burial.

Kenneth (2nd From R) and Friends at Trafalgar Square Sergeant Kenneth Greenwood

 Sergeant Kenneth Hartley Greenwood RAFVR was the son of Elizabeth Ann and John Stuart Greenwood and brother of Victor, Doreen and Margaret of Leeds. Kenneth worked at Avro at Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire as an apprentice engineer prior to enlisting.

Kenneth, middle row, second from left, in unidentified training photo.

 

 

 
 

 Photos courtesy of Margaret Overend & Maggi Campbell, special thanks to Bill Heron, Bob Shank and Lorne Smith.

Research by Linda Ibrom.