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    Richard R Guest

    Default Sgt(W. Op.)1836729 K.D.Jenkins-d.nr. Millom,Cumbria 2.1.1945

    I am trying to trace the unit, command and aircraft type for R.A.F.(VR) Sergeant 1836729 Kenneth David JENKINS who died 2nd January 1945 at “Cliff face below deep chasm, Black Coombe Mountain, Whicham, Millom RD”, Cumberland. He was 19 years old, & from Cardiff. His body was found on 10.1.1945. The death certificate informant was his “Officer Commanding” (no rank given) W. Ross, and the death certificate has his first names wrongly as “David Kenneth”. CWGC entry for his burial in Cardiff gives no unit. It describes him as Sergeant (W. Op.) –Wireless Operator in the RAF Volunteer Reserve.

    The volumes on Bomber Command losses do not list him by date or in the volume 7 roll of honour, so he is likely to be Coastal or Training Command which would “fit” well with the location some 2 miles only from the Cumbrian coast, at or near the highest point in the vicinity.

    His family have no details of the unit but the story of his death they recall was that his aircraft was going down and he jumped at too low a height so that his parachute didn’t deploy properly. He shattered his ankles on landing and died of exposure, being unable to move. The death certificate records the usual “due to war operations”.

    My CWGC enquiry produced a list of all their RAF deaths on 2.1.08, but vast majority are accounted for (2 Lancasters collide in Lincs. 150/153 Sqns.+ a 100 Sqn. Lancaster goes into the sea). Remainder don't readily make up a flight crew - the only Pilot not involved in the two incidents is Flight Sergeant (Pilot) Arthur James WOOD, 1318079, again no unit given. He is buried in Scarborough.

    There being no listing of Coastal Command for this late part of the war as yet, and nothing for Training Command, does anyone have any suggestions how I could find more on this death, whether there was an aircraft crash actually associated with it and his unit/aircraft/fellow crew etc. I believe there is a work published on Lake District Air crashes which might feature one for 2.1.1945.

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    Hi Richard,

    according to old post on this forum by Dave Earl:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=show_thread&om=14116&forum=DCForumI D6&archive=yes

    LT741 (5)
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    2/1/45.

    BLACK COMBE, NR HAVERIGG, LAKE DISTRICT, CUMBRIA. 96/140859.
    According to legend, this Anson crashed l00ft below the summit of Black Combe, A/c on Air to Air firing practice, missed rendezvous with Miles Martinet Target Tug 4m N of Black Combe and subsequently flew into the hillside in mist. Wreckage was not discovered for 8 days. 3 airmen were killed instantly and one crawled several hundred yards from aircraft with a broken right leg, and died from exposure. F/Sgt Wood of Scarborough is buried in his home town at (Scarborough (Manor Road) Cemetery, W/O
    Johnson of Liverpool is buried in Liverpool (Allerton) Cemetery, Sgt Turner of Ormiston,East Lothian was buried in Ormiston Cemetery and Sgt Jenkins from Whitchurch,Glamorganshire, is buried in Whitchurch (St.Mary) Churchyard.Part from this aircraft are now on display at RAF Millom Museum, Haverigg, Cumbria.


    PILOT: F/SGT ARTHUR JAMES WOOD. 1318079. RAFVR. (K)
    A/G: W/O THOMAS WILLIAM JOHNSON. 1526829.RAFVR. (K)
    W/AG : SGT JAMES LEONARD TURNER. 1823803.RAFVR. (K)
    W/OP: SGT KENNETH DAVID JENKINS 1836729.RAFVR. (K)



    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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