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 – died September 1939, Ipswich. A joiner.

Mother: Margaret Ethel Friend (nee Boddy), born 1886, Norwich, Norfolk – died 1938, Ipswich.

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.

Fellow Crew:

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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