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14.08.1941 No 2 OTU Beaufighter T4652 Sgt. Douglas V. Jenkins

Operation: Aircraft testing

Date: 14th August 1941 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 2 OTU (Operational Training Unit - Coastal Command)

Type: Beaufighter

Serial: T4652

Base: RAF Catfoss, Yorkshire.

Location: Near Gransmoor, East Yorkshire

Pilot: Sgt. Douglas Vaughan Jenkins AUS/400474 RAAF Age 25. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

On a test flight, alone Sgt. Jenkins was testing the effects of the removal of the bomb rails on the wings. During the flight he made several steep turns, some landings and flying on one engine. During one of the turns at 14:15 hrs one engine came away which made the aircraft spin from which Sgt. Jenkins could not recover.

Burial Details:

Sgt. Douglas Vaughan Jenkins. Brandesburton Churchyard  (St. Mary). Son of Alexander James Jenkins and Jane Eliza Jenkins, of Mildura, Victoria, Australia. Born on Saturday, 21st August 1915 in Mansfield, Victoria, Australia. Enlisted in Melbourne on the 14th September 1940.

Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied Australian Archives. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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