Sergeant (Pilot) Owen Michael Jenkins
Owen Michael Jenkins joined No.615 Squadron at Northolt on 30 November 1940, from No.245 Squadron at Aldergrove.
Operational activity was less intense now that winter had arrived, but Jenkins still flew 5 sorties before the Squadron moved to Kenley on 15 December and did not fly operationally again until 23 December, a similar experience to other members of the squadron due to the weather.
Jenkins started the New Year with a patrol to Maidstone. His first venture to the Continent occurred on 9 January 1941 when he joined the squadron in patrolling Cap Gris Nez and Calais. On his next venture to the Continent, a ‘Circus’ operation escorting bombers on 5 February 1941, Jenkins was shot down over Calais flying Hurricane Mk.I, V6980, coded KW*U. He was killed on his first contact with the enemy, although at the time the Squadron diary recorded:
Sweep over France. The Squadron (12 aircraft) accompanied by No.1 Squadron (10 aircraft) took off 1200 hours, led by Wing Commander Holmwood. Enemy made lightening attack from out of clouds and vanished. Sergt. Jenkins missing – presumed Prisoner of War last seen gliding under control towards St. Omer.
**Spelling as per diary**
Rest in peace Sir and thank you for your service.