Born: 18th December 1914, Ipswich.

Died: 1st May 1940; age: 25; at Croxton Kerrial, Leicestershire – aircraft crash.

Confirmed as a Pilot Officer – 4th April 1939.


Rank: Pilot Officer/Pilot; Service Number: 40818.

Regiment: Royal Air Force, 61 Squadron.


Grave Reference:

St. Margaret’s of Antioch Churchyard,




Father: Ernest Leonard Friend, born 1887, Ipswich.

Mother: Margaret Ethel Friend (nee Boddy), born 1886, Norwich, Norfolk.


Jack attending Ipswich School.


Jack is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial, and at RAF Stradishall, Suffolk.


1st May 1940


Aircraft: Hampden I; Serial number: L4119; Code: QR-. Took off at Hemswell, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. The aircraft crashed 04:40hrs on return from operational mission – ‘Aalborg,’ after more then 9 hours in the air at Croxton Kerrial, Leicestershire.


Charles Frost; Sergeant/Observer; RAF

Charles William Glover; Flight Officer/ Pilot; killed on his 27th birthday; RAF.

John Bell Greenall; Aircraftman 1st Class/ Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 22; RAF.


Charles William Glover – On the 4th May a burial service with full service honours was held in Hemswell, Lincolnshire. A memorial service was held in the Legion Hall, Kelvington, Saskatchewan on Sunday, 12th May.

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