John Peter Bowtell Greenwood served with No. 253 Squadron during the Battel for France in May/June 1940 and the following Battle for Britain. He was one of the few survivors of his unit after the Battle for Britain. Later he served with the RAF and Merchant Navy as pilot on the Hurricane (Hurricat's) on the CAM ships (Catapult Aircraft Merchant) and the Merchant Aircraft Carriers. After this he served with No. 615 Squadron in the India/Burma theatre.
He married the Australian Joyce Tomlinson and received the Australian Nationality.
Despite his distinguished service record he did never receive any high award for bravery or distinguished service.
?: Acting Pilot Officer;
6th November 1939: Pilot Officer on probation;
6th February 1940: Pilot Officer;
6th November 1940: Flying Officer;
6th November 1941: Flight Lieutenant (war subs.);
6th May 1942: Flight Lieutenant.
6th February 1943: Transferred to Reserves and called for duty to RAF Service;
5th May 1948: Transfer to Class "A";
26th February 1950: Transfer to class "C".
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