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; age 27; RAF.

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

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