GREENWOOD, Stanley Wheatley

Plane was a Boulton Paul Defiant Mk 11 V1116 which took off from Squires Gate Airfield to practice low flying attacks on British coastal defences. The plane crashed into the sea off Lytham after its wingtip hit Lytham Pier during a simulated attack on a coastal battery. The pilot William John Paterson Olney was never found,the body of air gunner Sgt Stanley Wheatley Greenwood was recovered.

Last Name
GREENWOOD
Given Names
Stanley Wheatley
Service Number
400345
Date of Birth
07/09/1912
Birth Location
Hessle England
Enlistment Date
18/08/1940
Enlistment Location
Melbourne
1Wags Start Date
19/09/1940
Course Details
WAGS Course 5
Intake Date
19/09/1940
Kill Date or Discharge Date
07/02/1942 (Killed)
Discharge Unit
256 SQN
Rank
Sergeant
Operations
Aircraft accident in the sea off Lancashire UK
Date of Death
07/02/1942
Age
29
Cemetery / Memorial
Hessle Cemetery Yorkshire Uk
Medals
Air Gunners badge 1939-45 Star war medal
Notes

Plane was a Boulton Paul Defiant Mk 11 V1116 which took off from Squires Gate Airfield to practice low flying attacks on British coastal defences. The plane crashed into the sea off Lytham after its wingtip hit Lytham Pier during a simulated attack on a coastal battery. The pilot William John Paterson Olney was never found,the body of air gunner Sgt Stanley Wheatley Greenwood was recovered.

Posting on Death
256 Squadron
NAA Status
DIGITIZED

Acknowledgements

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