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Fl/Sgt. Frederick Edmund Dennis 364599 RAF - Missing believed killed HMS Glorious

Fl/Sgt. Frederick Edmund Dennis 364599 RAF Age 33. Killed - son of William Henry and Agnes Ellen Dennis and husband of Edith Florence Dennis, of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.

In late September 2017 a letter was posted to us - inside the letter were photocopies of the person described in this page, no other explanation? So we decided to try and find out about his loss. Hopefully the person who posted these will contact us.

Above: Boulton Paul Sidestrand III J91186 shown here at RAF Martlesham Heath in Suffolk 1935 - Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment. FlSgt. Dennis is shown here - as a fitter/armourer.

Above: Fl/Sgt. Frederick Edmund Dennis on left - with friends.

However, a great deal has already been researched regarding the loss of HMS Glorious, Ardent and Acasta which went down on the 08th June 1940. The purpose of the operation was the support and evacuation of British aircraft fro Norway.The files regarding the investigation however remain on the secret list until 2041!

Winston Churchill has extensive coverage of this story and here is a recording of what he quoted from the sole survivor of HMS Acasta (from the audiobook narrated by Christian Rodska):

We would like to direct readers who wish to know further details to the GLARAC Association who have a great website dedicated to the loss of some 1531 officers and men.

Fl/Sgt. Frederick Edmund Dennis with friends

Fl/Sgt. Frederick Dennis was a serving member of the Royal Air Force aboard the aircraft carrier, HMS Glorious when it was attacked by the German battleships, Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. It is recorded that the salvo fired from the Scharnhorst is possibly the longest gunfire hit on any ship ever achieved - 24,175 meters (26,450 yards),

62 RAF men were among the casualties, most bodies were never recovered and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

The film attached explains what happened that day: (click on square to right to view in full size. A great 57 minute documentary)

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