LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Charles Peter JENKINS

Service No: 403209
Born: Sydney NSW, 16 November 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 3 February 1941
Unit: No. 206 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Air Operations: (No. 206 Squadron Hudson aircraft AM805), North Sea, 28 July 1942, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Archibald Jenkins, and of Maud Ethel Jenkins, of Harbord, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Manly NSW
Remembered: Panel 112, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 124, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 0500 hours on 28 July 1942 Hudson AM805 took off from Benbecula to take part in an anti-submarine sweep with two other aircraft from Tiree. The two other aircraft returned from the mission, but AM805 failed to return to base. As the cloud was very low at one point of the sweep, it was thought that AM805 may have been too low to recover height when some mishap occurred. It was later recorded that the missing crew members had lost their lives at sea.

The crew members of AM805 were:

Flight Sergeant Robert John Edgar (R/75858) (RCAF) (Observer)
Pilot Officer William Arthur Leslie Ireland (127167) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Sergeant Charles Peter Jenkins (403209) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Sergeant Ronald North (1207536) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/127/63