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05.02.1941 No. 615 Squadron Hurricane I V6980 Sgt. Jenkins

Operation: Circus

Date: 5th February 1941 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 615 Squadron

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: V6980

Code: KW-U

Base: RAF Kenley, London.

Location: Calais, Northern France

Pilot: Sgt. Owen Michael Jenkins 748164 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Taking part in a Circus when shot down over Calais. No further details available and invite anyone with additional information / photographs / documents to contact us either by using the 'Add Info' or 'Help' Button shown on the top of every page.

Three other aircraft were lost on this operation, one pilot, 24 year old F/O. Stanislaw Czternastek from Poland also lost his life.

Sgt. Owen Jenkins grave, the only Commonwealth grave in the churchyard, carefully attended by the local population. (courtesy Bernard Sibenaler and our friend Pierre Vandervelden)


Left and above Bellebrune Church

Burial details:

Sgt. Owen Michael Jenkins. Bellebrune Churchyard, South West corner, France. He is the only Commonwealth grave in the Churchyard. Next of kin details not currently available.

In remembrance of the pilot and dedicated to his relatives. With thanks to the following for additional information supplied, Bernard Sibenaler and Pierre Vandervelden, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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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