Plt Off. Keith Fereday Glenn (1911 – 1941)

Keith Fereday Glenn was born in Southsea, Hampshire during 1911 and the third of four children born to John Fereday Glenn, the manager of a tramway company and Ellen Hollist.

By the 1930’s the Glenn family had moved to Kent, with father John running a service station in Offham. During WWII Keith served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, and had gained the rank of pilot officer by 1940, when his role as a bomb aimer saw him flying missions into enemy territory on Wellington bombers.

On 16 July 1941 whilst part of 150 Squadron, Keith took off with his crew from RAF Snaith in Yorkshire on a nocturnal bombing run over Hamburg. During the night his plane came down and all but one of the six crew members were killed and their bodies buried in Hamburg Cemetery.

Shortly after the war Keith’s older brother John Patrick Sydney Glenn moved to Platt Parish and lived for several years with his wife at Nepicar Lodge. It seems likely John had his brother’s name inserted on the war memorial.

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