John is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.
Born: 1920, Ipswich.
Died: 6th April 1942; age 21; killed during an air raid.
Rank: Aircraftman 1st Class; Service Number: 613984.
Regiment: Royal Air Force, 80 Squadron.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Edward W. & Amy Greenard, of Ipswich.
Father: Edward Warner Greenard, born April 1888, Ipswich – died 1928, Ipswich.
Mother: Amy Greenard (nee Mowles), born March 1889, Whatfield, Suffolk.
6th April 1942
John was killed during an early morning air raid on the R.A.F. airfield at Gambut, Libya ( a group of 5 landing strips captured from the Italian Air Force after the Battle of Tobruk in June 1941). The enemy bombed by moonlight and one of 80 Squadron’s Hurricane aircraft was hit and set on fire. This then gave the enemy a better aiming point, and the latter part of the raid concentrated on the 80 Squadron’s dispersal area.
Also killed during the air raid:
Godfrey Mallam; Leading Aircraftman; age 19; R.A.F.V.R. 80 Squadron.
Air raid information courtesy of John Allan.