Jeudwine, John Raymond (1913-1945)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: John Raymond Jeudwine (1913-1945), born 9 July 1913, son of Dr Wilfred Wynne Jeudwine and of Mabel Gertrude Jeudwine of Glinton, Northamptonshire (later of Lochaber, Eastcote, Middlesex).
Attended Crowthorne Towers, Wellington College.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) September 1927-March 1931; 6th form; shooting viii, 1930.
RAF Cranwell (prize cadetship), 1932-1934. In 1935 joined 12 squadron, then 823 Squadron until 1939.
WW2, Group Captain in Royal Air Force. In Wireless Intelligence Service in Egypt, then in September 1941 70 OTU. Commanding Officer of 84 Squadron from January 1942. Commanding Officer of 55 Squadron from July 1942-November 1942. Commanding Officer of no.6 Ferry Unit, then Commanding Officer of 619 Squadron BASO 54 Base 1944, then Station Commander of RAF Dunholme Lodge and Strubby.
Killed in a flying accident on 19 October 1945 at Little Staughton, Bedfordshire, aged 32.
Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, Grave 15906. Inscription on headstone: ‘IN LOVING MEMORY’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2651237/jeudwine,-joh...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbey House roll of honour.
Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', December 1945: 'Group Captain John Raymond Jeudwine, D.S.O, O.B.E., D.F.C. (b, '27-'31) came to Sherborne from Sherborne Preparatory School and won a Prize Cadetship at the R.A.F. College, Cranwell. He was in the winning House Juniors side in 1930, but the fire and enthusiasm he showed as a forward could not compensate for a very tall and thin physique and he did not get into a school side. But he won his shooting colours in 1930, being one of the mainstays of the Shooting VIII. The tributes paid by all ranks to his memory are sufficient explanation of his rapid rise in the Air Force. To be a Group Captain at the age of 32 is no mean achievement. He won the D.S.O. for special bombing in the Western Desert; the O.B.E. for a hazardous voyage in an open boat from Java to Australia when the Japanese first took Java; the D.F.C. for a very successful mission of great delicacy involving a solo bombing raid over Germany. Further promotion was in prospect for him when he was killed in a flying accident on 19th October. While it is true to say that the country could ill afford to lose officers such as he in war time, it is equally true to say that the country can ill afford to lose men of a character such as his in peace time.'
Aircrew Remembered website: www.aircrewremembered.com/jeudwine-john.html