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    Default No.9 SFTS Incident, 16 October 1941.

    In the process of transcribing unpublished citations for awards, I am puzzled by a recommendation to Leading Aircraftman Handrione Phillippas Jacobus Heukensfeldt-Jensen (114976) and LAC Gomer Williams (65180) of No.9 SFTS. I should add that I am not completely certain of the first man’s name and number, given a certain blurring of the document before me. Williams was awarded a King’s Commendation for Brave Conduct (London Gazette dated 1 January 1942) but Heukensfeldt-Jensen was not (as near as I can determine) similarly honoured. I suspect that he was a foreign national (notwithstanding an apparent RAF number). The incident for which they were recommended took place on the night of 16 October 1941. Have I somehow misread the name “Heukensfeldt-Jensen” ? Can the absence of a gazetted award be explained ?

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    Hugh Gomer Williams 651890 1938 Royal Air Force

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    Default Re: No.9 SFTS Incident, 16 October 1941.

    Name
    Henricus Philippus Jacobus Heukensfeldt Jansen !114976! -- Not sure of thi service number as Officer Number: 807251 Robert Lindsay THORNTON ( 114976),3ist Dec. 1941
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    ,may be 1114976

    or 1149976 based on this nearby number Vincent Domincus Josephus Jansen 1149978 1941 Royal Air Force
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    Default Re: No.9 SFTS Incident, 16 October 1941.

    Hi Hugh,
    Biography of Heukensfeldt-Jansen here
    https://www.strijdbewijs.nl/birds/ha...eldtjansen.htm
    Google Translate gives the general gist; it appear he was awarded the BEM
    Posted in to 118 Squadron on 23 Jun 42:-
    "P/O HEUKENSFELDT-JANSEN, H.P.J., B.E.M., posted from 61 OTU"
    AIR 27/907/31, Page 4
    Later posted to 167 Sqn
    Hope this helps,
    Jeff

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    Default Re: No.9 SFTS Incident, 16 October 1941.

    Hugh,

    Possible participant in the incident on 16 Octpber, 1941:

    16-Oct-41
    9 FTS [sic], Babdown Farm, Gloucestershire.
    Miles Master I T8317

    During a night approach to the landing ground, the pilot (unnamed) allowed the aircraft to stall and it then struck a tree and crashed (No Further Details).

    See:
    Clipped Wings (Volume One) Royal Air Force Pre-Operational Training Aircraft Losses: 1939-42 (UK, Rhodesia, India & Minor Territories.
    Cummings,Colin (Compiler & editor).
    Yelvertoft:Nimbus Publishing,2015.
    p.407.

    Had a look at John Rennison's, Wings Over Gloucestershire/Stroud:Aspect, 2000, p.178. - Incident listed, but no further details.

    Col.
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    Default Re: No.9 SFTS Incident, 16 October 1941.

    Many thanks to all contributing to this post.

    I am mildly surprised that Heukensfeldt-Jensen received a BEM, as Williams was definitely gazetted with a King’s Commendation for Brave Conduct. Whatever award was approved for Heukensfeldt-Jensen, it is evident it was not gazetted (as was common with foreign nationals). For the interest and edification of all, the text of the joint recommendation read as follows:

    "On the night of 16th October 1941, Leading Aircraftman Heukensfeldt-Jensen was a pupil undergoing night flying instruction in a Master aircraft. Directly after carrying out overshoot procedure on the flare path, the instructor was compelled to make a forced landing owing to engine trouble. He managed to land the aircraft on top of some trees which took the initial impact, but it thereupon broke up and burst into flames. Leading Aircraftman Heukensfeldt-Jensen was thrown clear but, although his right arm had been rendered useless in the crash, he returned at once to the burning aircraft and climbing up to the pilot who was temporarily stunned, he assisted him to extricate himself from the burning wreckage. Leading Aircraftman Williams was one of the crew of the fire tender which was soon on the scene and, thinking that there were occupants in the burning aircraft, he immediately dashed into the flames and only withdrew when he had ascertained that both cockpits were empty. He then proceeded to direct the operation of extinguishing the fire. Leading Aircraftman Heukensfeldt-Jensen, despite his injury, displayed great courage and in all probability saved his instructor’s life while Leading Aircraftman Williams also showed bravery and initiative, being totally unaware that the occupants had succeeded in leaving the aircraft."
    Last edited by HughAHalliday; 19th February 2021 at 18:50. Reason: Acknowledging and thanking others.

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