Sergeant John Stenhouse Wood

Sergeant John Stenhouse Wood, Royal Air Force. He was a Flight Engineer with 101 Squadron, Bomber Command. 101 Squadron converted from flying the Vickers Welligton to the Avro Lancaster in 1942 when they were equipped with a top secret radio jamming system known as “Airborne Cigar”(ABC). They flew with an additional German speaking crew member known as a Special Operator (SO) who disrupted the enemy flight controllers with jamming and broadcasting mis-information. 101 Squadron had a high casualty rate mainly due to the enemy being able to pinpoint their position though the ABC broadcasts and were based at R.A.F. Ludford Magna. Sergeant Wood known as Ean was killed in action on 30th August 1944, aged 19, together with all his fellow crew members on an operation to Stettin and is buried in Helsingborg (Plasjo) Cemetery, Sweden. A further  46 fellow airmen who failed to return from raids over German occupied territory are also buried here. The Squadron lost three aircraft on that raid. He was the son of Robert and Lilias Wood, Kirk Yetholm, Roxburghshire. His Headstone is inscribed ” In Proud Memory Of John Our Dearly Loved Only Son Who Gave His Life For Freedom”.

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