Flight Sergeant Jack Greenfield 196 Sqn RAF

Jack Greenfield was the eldest of the three sons of Ernest and Florence Greenfield and was born in March 1923 in Poole. At some point the family moved to Blandford but sources of information are scarce. Ernest was a Postman and in 1939 the family were living at 35 Salisbury Road.

prize day 1933

prize day 1934

Jack appears to have done well at school and won prizes at both the 1933 and 1934 Speech days. His main RAF records are still to be released but we know he enlisted at Oxford some time after 1940 and trained as a Pilot before being posted to 196 Squadron flying Vickers Wellington X’s some time in early 1943.

196squad 1943
196 Sqn 1943


Jack flew his first two operational flights as a second ‘Dickie’ pilot with 460 Squadron, his first being on 21st January 1943 with Sgt King and his crew in Wellington HE164 to bomb Lorient and his second on 26th January 1943 with Sgt Tozer and his crew in Wellington HE150 to lay mines. Around these dates many 196 Squadron pilots flew as second pilots with 460 Squadron captains and their crews.

F/Sgt Greenfield was posted as missing on 13th May 1943 while flying Ops to Duisburg in Wellington HE398 when his plane was attacked by a Bf110 Night Fighter some 19 miles west of Callantsoog in the Netherlands.

He was just twenty years old and is commemorated not only on the Blandford School memorial OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAon the Runnymede Memorial. He was the eldest son of Ernest and Florence Greenfield; and the husband of Eunice Greenfield, later of Carharrack, Cornwall.

The rest of his crew were:

Sgt Kenneth Bell Wireless Operator/Gunner (aged 26)

F/Sgt Robert Burridge Navigator (aged 22)

Sgt William Eddington Air Gunner (aged 20)

Sgt William O’Neill Bomb Aimer (aged 21)