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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. K R Wood


Kenneth Russell Wood of Leeds, Yorkshire was born in 1919, the son of Alfred and Agnes Wood.

He was employed by the British General Insurance Company in their Leeds branch when he joined the RAFVR about August 1939 as an Airman u/t Aircrew.

Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and joined 23 Squadron as an Air Gunner on Blenheims at Ford on 1st October 1940.

He had married Jean Shires in April 1940 in Leeds.

Wood was killed in Stirling I N6017 of 7 Squadron on 10th July 1941, it was shot down by flak and crashed into the sea off the Pas de Calais during a raid on a power station at Chocques.

Also lost were:

F/O CV Fraser DFC
P/O LB O'Reilly
Sgt. S Bridges
Sgt. RJ Clifton
Sgt. EH Rogers
Sgt. W Wilcox

Wood was 22 years old. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 55.


Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner.

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