Greenshields, Henry LaFone (1918-1940)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Henry Lafone Greenshields (1918-1940), born at Axminster, Devon on 8 April 1918, son of Major David John Greenshields (formerly of the Royal Horse Artillery) and Edmee Greenshields of Westhaye, Hawkchurch, Axminster, Devon.
Attended Forres Preparatory School, Swanage, Dorset.
Attended Sherborne School (School House) January 1932-March 1936; 6th form; shooting viii team, 1935; Lance Corporal in OTC. 'The Shirburnian', July 1935: Shooting 1935, 'Of the new colours, Greenshields and King soon showed that they were certain to get places. The first has the great merit of being able to get his shots quickly away, and was seldom far from the middle of the target.'
With the de Havilland Aircraft Company Ltd.
WW2, Sub-Lieutenant (A) in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, HMS 'Daedalus'. He was turned down by the RAF as his eyesight was below their requirements, but was accepted by the RNVR and was called up by them in September 1939. He was one of the FAA airmen attached to the RAF to alleviate their shortage of pilots. He entered RAF service on 23rd June 1940 and was posted firstly to 7 OTU Hawarden to convert to Spitfires. He then joined 266 Squadron at Wittering on 1st July 1940. On 15th August 1940 he destroyed a Me109 southeast of Dover.
Killed in action during the Battle of Britain on 16 August 1940 when he was shot down by a BF 109 over Calais during combat with 9./JG 54 squadron (‘Teufelstaffel’), aged 22. His Spitfire N3240 came down in a canal in the Calais suburbs.
For further information visit the Battle of Britain Memorial website: www.bbm.org.uk/Greenshields.htm
Calais Southern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, Plot P. Grave 18. Inscription on his headstone: ‘KILLED IN ACTION WHILE ATTACHED TO 266 SQUADRON R.A.F. BATTLE OF BRITAIN’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2214635/GREENSHIELDS,...
The Battle of Britain London Monument www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Greenshields.htm
Hawkchurch War Memorial www.roll-of-honour.com/Devon/Hawkchurch.html
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.