Peter Jenkinson Distinguished Flying Medal

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Peter Jenkinson Distinguished Flying Medal

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Top - extract from London Gazette on approval of award of DFM to Sgt P R Jenkinson with citation for 27 successful sorties, skilful, disregard for own safety, cheerful courage and fine offensive spirit..
Bottom - Extract from the narrative "I flew with nine wing commanders by Peter Baxter containing write up recommendation for Peter Jenkinson's award.

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1945-12-11

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Two printed documents, one with handwritten annotation on an album page

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London Gazette

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[underlined]EXTRACT FROM LONDON GAZETTE DATED 11 DECEMBER 1945[/underlined]

The King has been graciously pleased to approve the following award in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations:

[underlined]Distinguished Flying Medal[/underlined]

[underlined]1826262 Sergeant Peter Raeburn JENKINSON RAFVR No. 153 Squadron[/underlined]

Sergeant Jenkinson has now completed 27 successful sorties on heavily defended targets in Germany and in Occupied Territory.

He is a skilful Flight Engineer and throughout his tour has shown complete disregard of personal safety and his cheerful courage and fine offensive spirit have materially helped to maintain the high standard of morale existing in this Squadron.

EXTRACT FROM THE NARRATIVE: - “I FLEW WITH WING COMMANDERS” CHAPTER II – SCAMPTON. WRITTEN BY PETER BAXTER 72 MIDHURST ROAD, KINGS NORTON, BIRMINGHAM B30 3RA

At Scampton I was involved in recommending one of my charges for a Distinguished Flying Medal. Honours were awarded to aircrew who had performed heroic deeds or had had a very tough time during a tour of operations, but nothing had come the way of our Flight Engineers, so an allocation of one D.F.M. was made to the department to ‘even things up’. I was asked for my opinion, and although I had someone in mind I thought it best to confer with W/Cdr Powley as I was very anxious to avoid the stigma of favouritism. My choice was Sgt Jenkinson of F/O Jones’ crew. They had been through the mill on a number of operations, and Powley had no hesitation in agreeing with me. Approval of the award came through in a very short time, but Jenkinson did not have much time to enjoy it as the crew went missing soon afterwards.

Peter Baxter was appointed Flight Engineer Leader (with the rank of Acting Flight Lieutenant) on 7th October 1944, on the formation of No. 153 Squadron RAF and remained with the Squadron until it disbanded.

Citation

P Baxter, “Peter Jenkinson Distinguished Flying Medal,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 8, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/30656.

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