Peter Harold Greenburgh
Pilot, 39 Squadron
Service number 151688
Died 17 Jun 1944
Buried Phaleron War Cemetery, Greece
‘THE LORD GAVE AND THE LORD HATH TAKEN AWAY’
Peter was born in 1923 in Ormskirk, Lancashire to Lithuanian born Mark and Millicent nee Isaacs who was born in Manchester. Mark became a naturalised British citizen in 1911 and died in 1925. The family attended the Manchester Synagogue where Peter is remembered on the Roll of Honour. Peter had two older siblings, Leslie and Lillian and in 1939 they were living with their widowed mother at 51 Cavendish Road in Salford. Peter’s brother Leslie married Rita Noar whose brother Joseph died serving in Bomber Command in 1943. Joseph has a page on the website.
On 17 June 1944, Peter was the pilot of Beaufighter NE415 which was attacking a train near Salonika when it flew into the ground killing himself and his navigator Arnold Oakes. They are buried alongside each other.
Peter wrote an ‘in the event of my death’ letter to his Mother, Leslie and Lilian on 17 May 1944, a month before he was killed.