Greenslade, William Roy

    Date of birth:
    1917 (Canada)
    Date of death:
    October 2nd, 1942
    Buried on:
    Commonwealth War Cemetery Jonkerbos
    Plot: 20. Row: D. Grave: 3.
    Service number:
    45202
    Nationality:
    British (1801-present, Kingdom)

    Biography

    Squadron Leader, Royal Air Force, 149 Sqdn.
    enlisted in RAF as aircraft apprentice, 1933; trained as an NCO pilot in Middle East, 1936-1938

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Flight Lieutenant
    Awarded on:
    January 1st, 1942
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Squadron Leader
    Unit:
    No. 21 Operation Trainin Unit, Royal Air Force
    Awarded on:
    June 11th, 1942
    Action:
    Citation:
    "At present Flight Lieutenant Greenslade is flight commander in the Navigation Flight and performs his duties with great efficiency. During his period of instructing he has performed over 1,000 landings with pupils without any serious mishap. During the past six months, Flight Lieutenant Greenslade has performed 256 hours flying by day and 102 hours by night."
    Air Force Cross
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Squadron Leader
    Unit:
    No. 149 Squadron, Royal Air Force
    Awarded on:
    August 21st, 1942
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
    Action:
    Citation:
    "One night in July 1942 this officer was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Hamburg. Whilst over the target the aircraft was held in the beams of searchlights and subjected to heavy anti-aircraft fire. One engine was put out of action and the astro hatch shattered. In spite of this Flight Lieutenant Greenslade pressed home his attack. On the return flight searchlight positions and gun emplacements were machine-gunned from a low level. This officer, who invariably completes his operational tasks with skill and determination, displayed great devotion to duty throughout. "

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