Flying Officer Kenneth Orpwood - 431 Squadron  
 

 

Flying Officer Kenneth N. Orpwood - RCAF

 

 Kenneth N. Orpwood  was born in Toronto, Ontario to a family of five. He enlisted in the RCAF in 1942 . He enlisted in the RCAF in 1942, he qualified as a Wireless Operator on the 24th March 1944 at No 4 W/S Guelph, Ontario and as an Air Gunner in May 1944 at No 6 B&G School Mountain View, Ontario. Before he and his crew joined  431 Iroquois Squadron at Croft on April 6, 1945, Flying Officer Orpwood attended 86 OTU, Gameston, 27OTU at Lichfield, Church Broughton and 1666 Heavy Conversion Unit at Wombleton,Yorkshire.

His crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

F/O D.M. Browne

RCAF

Pilot

P/O W.D. Ingle

RCAF

Flight Engineer

F/O D.A. McDougall

RCAF

Navigator

F/O K.W. Colquhoun

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

F/O Kenneth N. Orpwood

RCAF

W/Op/AG

F/O J. Sullivan 

RCAF

M/U Gunner

Sgt R.A. Dykstra

RCAF

Rear Gunner

 

.He was Wireless Operator on "O" KB 868 with Flying Officer D. Browne on the 16th April 1945 over Schwandorf and again on the 21st April 1945 with Flying Officer Browne over Bremen in "X" KB 837, before being de mobbed in 1946. He was nicknamed "Pops" by the crew, as he was the oldest member. 

His log of operatons:

Date

Operation

Aircraft

Serial #

Code

Time Up

Time Down

4/16/1945

Schwandorf

Lancaster Mk. X

KB868

SE-O

2306

0823

4/21/1945

Bremen

Lancaster Mk. X

KB822

SE-X

1550

2157

 

Kenneth and a #4 Wireless School (Guelph) Yale. Kenneth in class photo at #4 Wireless School (Guelph)

After the war he retuned to Toronto and he and his wife, Dorothy raised three daughters. He died of cancer on April the 1st (the birth date of the RCAF) 1984 after a valiant fight which he faced with the same courage and humour with which he faced his war years.

 

 

 

  Photos courtesy of D. Orpwood & Kathy Calleja  research by Linda Ibrom.