Regiment : 115 Squadron Royal Air Force
Service number : 2220126
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 31st March 1944
Buried : Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium, Grave X. 17. 8.
Birthplace : Stourbridge in 1914
Memorial : Lye Christ Church WW2 Window
Also appears on : Stourbridge War Memorial.
Appears on the Royal Air Force casualties list for Worcestershire.
Harold Kendrick was the rear gunner on Avro Lancaster LL622 KO-J which took off at 22.33 on 30th March 1944 from Witchford, Cambridgeshire. The aircraft was part of a large formation of aircraft consisting of 795 aircraft (572 Lancasters, 214 Halifaxes and 9 Mosquitos) sent on a mission to bomb a target in Nuremberg, Germany. On the outward route and near the target, 82 bombers were lost to enemy action. On the return journey a further 13 bombers were lost making the total loss of 95 bombers (64 Lancasters and 31 Halifaxes the biggest Bomber Command Loss of the war. Harold Kendrick’s aircraft was believed to be the 94th aircraft lost when it was shot down at 03.30 on 31st March by an enemy night-fighter flown by Feldwebel Zeidler Hans. The aircraft crashed at Braine L’Alleud close to Waterloo in Belgium. All seven crew members were killed on this, their first operational sortie.
A letter from Harold’s mother, Mrs Kendrick, 73 Grove Road, Wollescote, Stourbridge, Worcestershire dated 20th February (no year) can be found within war records held at Worcestershire Archives requesting that Sergeant H.K. Kendrick, Air Gunner, RAF, service No 2220126 be added to the county roll of honour. The letter states that he lost his life while on operations on 30/31st March 1944.