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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick James “Fred” Kennedy (1913-1942)

Educator.

Born at Eden on 29 April 1913, son of Alexander Donald Kennedy (1886-1964) and Jean Elizabeth “Jennie” Clark (1881-1981), he attended Eden School and entered the Central Normal School around 1931. He became a teacher, working at Springfield School (1932-1933, Principal), Lidstone School (?-?), and Lyleton School (1935-1937, Principal). In September 1939, he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He completed his training within the Air Training Command No. 2 and graduated from the Central Navigation School in February 1941. Within two months, he was posted as a bomber squadron navigator to the European theatre and promoted to Flying Officer. He flew with the RCAF’s 15 Squadron and was reported missing following air operations on 29 May 1942. He died on 30 May 1942. He is commemorated on the Neepawa war memorial.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Casualty list,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 June 1942, page 2.

“Three Manitobans are casualties,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 February 1943, page 7.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 15 June 2020

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