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    Default F/L Jensen D.F.C., A.F.C

    Came across this man today.

    Air Ministry, 6th January, 1948.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GEN'ERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission.
    As Flight Lieutenants (permanent):
    Frank William Marius JENSEN, D.F.C., A.F.C.
    (102052). 1st Sept. 1945 (seniority 1st Jan. 1943)-*

    Anyone aware of his background - Scandinavian descent?

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    Well, I guess his obituary in the 24 Dec 1999 The Times reveals this

    Jensen, G/C Frank, CBE DFC* AFC AE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikkel Plannthin View Post
    Came across this man today.

    Air Ministry, 6th January, 1948.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GEN'ERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission.
    As Flight Lieutenants (permanent):
    Frank William Marius JENSEN, D.F.C., A.F.C.
    (102052). 1st Sept. 1945 (seniority 1st Jan. 1943)-*

    Anyone aware of his background - Scandinavian descent?

    Regards
    Mikkel
    Frank Jensen is my Grandfather and i know a bit about his fascinating life if you are interested. He's half danish on his father side but was born in London. He joined the air force before the war. He flew in many missions and was shot down on two occasions. The second time he was captured and put in Stalag Luft 3 and he has diaries which document the great escape. After the war he remained in the airforce and was promoted to Group Captain. Later in his life he became a respected member of the Royal Yacht Squadron. He died in 1999.

    Hope this helps
    Erin Toner (formally Jensen)

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    Hello

    He was the C.O. of No. 181 Squadron in 1943, and was captured near Caen on 25th October 1943. Two other pilots were lost that day, one was killed in action and the other became a prisoner.

    There's a picture of him in "The Typhoon and Tempest story" by Chris Thomas and Christopher Shores, on page 48, when he was a Flight Lieutenant in No. 195 Squadron in mid 1943. He was promoted in August 1943 to take over 181.

    His PoW questionnaire is in WO344/163/1 in Kew.

    Joss

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    JENSEN, Frank William Marius, A/F/L (102058, RAFVR*) - No.52 Operational Training Unit - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943. Citation in Public Record Office Air 2/8871 (courtesy of Steve Brew).

    "Flight Lieutenant Jensen has served as a flight commander of No.52 Operational Training Unit for the past six months during which he has flown some 300 hours. He is outstandingly enthusiastic and has the power to infuse this enthusiasm in his pupils, taking endless trouble to train them up to operational standard."

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    Erin, Joss and Hugh
    Thank you for adding information.

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    Hi Mikkel,

    As already stated by Erin, Jensen was shot down twice. Here is a clue about the first occasion:

    Squadron Leader Frank Jensen DFC AFC, was CO of 181 Squadron and it fell to him to lead the first Typhoon rocket attack:

    "The operation on 25th October 1943 in which I was shot down (for the second time: the first time was in a Hurricane in the Manston circuit by twelve Me109s) was indeed 181's, and the Typhoon's first use of R/P."

    See:
    Typhoon Attack.
    Franks,Norman.
    London:William Kimber,1984.
    p.82

    Does anyone know the date and circumstances of the first shoot-down?

    Col.

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    Hello,

    I have it somewhere, but will have to check my various books, at home. Unless someone can check before.

    I'm obviously more interested in his time as a Typhoon pilot.

    Joss

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    Hi,

    I did come across his POW report WO344/163/1 and made the following notes.

    Dob 8.12.1914
    Enlisted 28.11.1933 (801303 AAF)
    Profession - Civil Servant

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    Dear Erin
    i am a member of 601 Squadron Old Comrades Association and I have some information from Frank Jensens early days with the squadron in 1933 when we started out as a rigger through when he was a sgt pilot in 1941. I am trying to find out more about hin in 1941 and am wondering if you have any photos from that time period.

    I appreciate any efforts
    regards
    James Ivers
    601 OCA


    QUOTE=erintoner;60858]Frank Jensen is my Grandfather and i know a bit about his fascinating life if you are interested. He's half danish on his father side but was born in London. He joined the air force before the war. He flew in many missions and was shot down on two occasions. The second time he was captured and put in Stalag Luft 3 and he has diaries which document the great escape. After the war he remained in the airforce and was promoted to Group Capta. Later in his life he became a respected member of the Royal Yacht Squadron. He died in 1999.

    Hope this helps
    Erin Toner (formally Jensen)[/QUOTE]

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