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The Airmen's Stories - P/O J O Fenton


John Ollis Fenton was born in early 1920 in Tynemouth, Northumberland.

His mother Ida Elizabeth Fenton died on 14th September 1937 and his father John Edward Fenton moved to Sevenoaks in Kent.

Fenton joined the RAFVR about May 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 3 FTS, was commissioned on 11th July 1940 and was posted to 235 Squadron, operating Blenheims, on 5th August.

He shared in the destruction of a He59 off Cherbourg on 8th October with a Blenheim captained by P/O HAC Gonay.

Fenton was killed on 28th May 1941, still serving with 235 at Bircham Newton, aged 21. Blenheim IV Z5968 was shot down off Texel by Me109's of 2/JG52 operating from De Vlijt. Sgt. OJ Dee and Sgt. RH Johnson were also lost.

Fenton is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 32.



Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner



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