Frank Wood was born in 1922, the son of Mr and Mrs H S Wood, of Ford, Buckinghamshire and attended Lord Williams’s School in Thame.
He was a member of the Royal Air Force VR with 18 Sqn at RAF Oulton based on the Blickling Hall Estate in Norfolk. Frank was flying Bristol Blenheim Mk IV L8864 on the day he died, 25th May 1941.
On board with him were Sgt E G Baker and Sgt C N Harris. They left the airfield at 5:50 am on an antishipping mission and carried out an attack on a shore Battery Agger but were hit by machine gun fire and crashed into the sea 30 metres off the coast of Thyborøn, Denmark at 8:10 am. Frank’s body was recovered from the sea but he had been hit in the head by a bullet.
Sgt Baker’s body washed ashore and was buried in Lemvig with Frank. Sgt Harris survived the crash and he was subsequently captured and interned in a PoW camp.
926082 Sergeant Frank Wood, Pilot, Royal Air Force 18 Sqn, killed in action 25th May 1941, age 19. Frank is buried in Lemvig Cemetery, West Jutland, Denmark. In Thame he is remembered on the Lord Williams’s School Memorial Board.