LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Ronald Frank JENKINS

Service No: 416122
Born: Norwood SA, 9 November 1916
Enlisted in the RAAF: 29 March 1941
Unit: No. 262 Squadron (RAF), RAF Congella, Durban, South Africa
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 262 Squadron Catalina aircraft), St Lucia Bay, South Africa, 25 June 1943, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Frank and Florence Ada Jenkins, of Marryatville, South Australia. A.F. T. A.
Roll of Honour: Burnside SA
Remembered: Column 278, Alamein Memorial, Egypt
Remembered: Panel 124, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

On 25th June 1943, a Catalina aircraft of No. 262 Squadron from RAF Station Congella crashed into the sea at 1910 hours in St Lucia Bay.

The crew members of the Catalina were:

Sergeant Trevor John Burrington (1293709) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Richard Thomas Cork (1293579) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Ronald Frank Jenkins (416122) (Pilot)
Sergeant Robert Penmon Kay (1554944) (RAFVR) (FM Air/Air Gunner)
Sergeant Thomas Henry Teston Lane (408285) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Sergeant Albert Francis Soady (14635) (Flight Engineer)
Sergeant Arthur John Mills (575076) (RAF)
Flying Officer Frederick Norman Croxford White (401331) (Second Pilot)

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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/20/49