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Jenkins, Denzil Plummer

Date of birth:
1922
Service number:
933965 (NCO)/170419 (Officer)
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Promotions:
? Warrant Officer
3 January, 1944: Pilot Officer on Probation (emergency)
3 July, 1944: Flying Officer (war sub)
24 January, 1945: Flight Lieutenant (war sub)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Squadron Leader
Unit:
No. 257 (Burma) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
December 29th, 1944
Recommendation:
"Squadron Leader Jenkins is the Commanding Officer of No.257 (Burma) Squadron, operating as Typhoon Fighter Bombers in Belgium and Holland in support of the Army. He joined the Squadron in August 1943, as a Flight Sergeant Pilot, was commissioned in January 1944, became a Flight Commander in August, and Squadron Commander on 14th October, thus proving his worth in this meteoric rise. When he had completed his training as a Pilot he was appointed an Instructor at Ternhill S.F.T.S., and served there for two years. His continual requests for an operational posting were not immediately granted. In February 1943, he was posted to Gibraltar where for over six months as a Leader of formations of eight aircraft he ferried 250 Hurricanes IIc aircraft to Cairo, for the Russian campaign, losing only one aircraft during that time. In addition to carrying out both high and low level dive-bombing attacks against a wide variety of targets, including Shipping, Noball sites, Bridges, Gun Positions, Railway Marshalling Yards, Trains, Airfields, etc., he has successfully completed over 40 Sorties with R/P directed against enemy communications, Tanks, AFV's and Met, Radar Stations, Chateaux used as H.Q., and Tunnels housing long range Railway Guns. On all these missions intense flak was encountered, but despite this he invariably pressed home his attack to the limit, in order to ensure the complete success of the operation, without regard for his own personal safety. He nobly played his part in the vital preparations for the |nvasion, the destruction of enemy Radar from Cap Gris Nez to Cap de la Hague, thus effectively screening the approach of our vast Armada on "D" Day. As a Squadron Commander his intense keenness, tremendous vitality and enthusiasm for work are an inspiring example to his Squadron Pilots and under his fine leadership a happier or more efficient Squadron would be difficult to find."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
With "FRANCE AND GERMANY" clasp.
Air Crew Europe Star

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