Squadron Leader William Greenaway

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  1. archivist

    archivist Well-Known Member

    Can anyone please help with information on this man - Sq/Ldr William Greenaway - who was shot down near the Channel Islands and made a POW. I believe he spent a good part of his internment in Stalag Luft III. Many thanks
     
  2. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    William Joseph Henry Greenaway born 3 June 1915, Knaresbro, Yorkshire.

    Enlisted in the RAF at Cardington mid 1940. NCO service number was 1194051.

    Commissioned Pilot Officer 17 June 1941. Officer's number was 101024.

    Shot down 8 November 1941 while flying with No. 501 Squadron. Spitfire serial AD188.

    Was at Stalag Luft III. POW number 697. But as Luft III wasn't established until March 1942 you'll have to find where he was between Nov 41 and Apr 1942. Perhaps Stalag Luft 1, Barth or Oflag XX1B, Schubin?

    Promoted Flying Officer 15 June 1942. Promoted Flight Lieutenant 17 June 1943.

    No sign of a promotion to Squadron Leader in the London Gazette so perhaps acting?

    Deceased November 1994, Ewecross, North Yorkshire.

    Regards,

    Dave
     
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  3. Blutto

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  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    For info:
    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
    Name: W J H Greenaway
    Rank: Flight Lieutenant
    Army Number: 101024
    Regiment: Royal Air Force : Officers & Other Ranks
    POW Number: 697
    Camp Type: Stalag Luft 3
    Camp Number: L3
    Camp Location: Sagan and Belaria, Poland
    Section: Royal Air Force : Officers & Other Ranks

    TD


    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: William Joseph H Greenaway
    Death Age: 79
    Birth Date: 3 Jun 1915
    Registration Date: Nov 1994
    Registration district: Ewecross
    Inferred County: North Yorkshire
    Register Number: 12A
    District and Subdistrict: 6512
     
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  5. archivist

    archivist Well-Known Member

    Thanks to all who responded. I checked with the family and this is definitely the right man (there was more than one Greenaway at Stalag Luft III). The detail provided here has filled out the detail already known.
     
  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Yes - but he was Australian
    Name: L G Greenaway
    Rank: Flying Officer
    Army Number: Aus.403601
    Regiment: Royal Australian Air Force : Officers & Other Ranks
    POW Number: 2473
    Camp Type: Stalag Luft 3
    Camp Number: L3
    Camp Location: Sagan and Belaria, Poland
    Section: Royal Australian Air Force : Officers & Other Ranks

    TD
     
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  7. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    403601 P/O Lindsay Gordon Greenaway was a wireless op on a No. 460 Sqn Lancaster lost in September of 1943, thus ruling him out.

    Deceased Burleigh Waters, Queensland August 1995.
     
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  8. archivist

    archivist Well-Known Member

    Thanks TD, I didn't know that at first but I ruled him out when I saw him in an ANZAC photo taken in the camp
     
  9. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    Record set Prisoners Of War 1715-1945
    Archive reference AIR 40/269
    First name(s) William J H
    Last name Greenaway
    Year 1941
    Service number 101024
    Rank F/lt
    Country of imprisonment -
    Nationality Brit
    Prison camp or ship Marlag Milag Nord Lager Luft
    Document details Milag - Marlag Nord - Oflag L roll Feb-Mar 1945
     
  10. archivist

    archivist Well-Known Member

    Thank you harkness, this is very informative and helpful.
     

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