GEORGE FENN

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images and information courtesy of Mike Fenn taken from his work ‘Fenn Family History.’

Born: 26th May 1911, 72, St. Matthew’s Street, Ipswich.

Baptised: 29th June 1911, at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich.

Died: 25th May 1944; age: 32; Killed when aircraft crashed into a hill 30 miles east of Tunis. Death instantaneous.

Family notified by telegram on the 2nd June 1944.

Employed in the secretarial capacity on the editorial staff of the East Anglian Daily Times. Later George became their circulation representative. Travelling throughout Essex and Suffolk, and parts of Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

Enlistment Details: Location: Felixstowe; Date: 13th June 1939. Signed up for 5 years service in the R.A.F.

George had been rejected by the Territorial Army for deficient eyesight.

 

Served at R.A.F. Martlesham – October 1939 – April 1940, and then on to R.A.F. Croydon.

Sailed to Sicily June/July 1943. Disembarked at Augusta on the 19th July 1943. Nine days after the start of the invasion of Sicily.

In early December 1943, George was admitted to hospital with yellow jaundice and a touch of malaria. He had hoped to return home to celebrate Christmas. Instead he celebrated with his fellow colleagues of 335 Wing Satellite Sector in Sicily.

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Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 752086.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 335 Wing Satellite Sector.

 

Buried: 30th May 1944. Funeral at 15:00hrs, conducted by Rev. Squadron Leader J.S. Rearey, of No. 287 Wing Headquarters.

Grave Reference:

VI.N.4.

Massicault Military Cemetery,

Bizerta,

Tunisia.

 

Relatives Notified & address: Son of Thomas Saul Fenn & Nellie Caroline Fenn, of Ipswich; husband of Mollie Gwendoline Fenn of Woodbridge, Suffolk.

 

Father: Thomas Saul Fenn, born 1883, 5, Norwich Road, Ipswich.

Mother: Nellie Caroline Fenn (nee Garnham), born March 1886, 55, New Cardinal Street, Ipswich.

 

George attended Ipswich School – 1923 – 1928.

 

On the 29th April 1940, at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich, George married Mollie Gwendoline Clark, born April 1919, 103, Lacey Street, Ipswich.

They had 1 son.

 

Probate to Thomas Saul Fenn, a retired Licensed Victualler.

 

25th May 1944

George was serving with the 355 Wing Satellite Sector, as a Clerk. On the 25th May 1944, he was a passenger on the Marauder aircraft, serial number MB515, that took off at 08:45hrs from Maison Blanche airfield, Algeria en route to Catania. At an estimated 10:50hrs the aircraft flew into the side of a hill where it disintegrated and caught fire. The crashed aircraft was found burnt out on the 28th May 1944, 10kms north of Takelea, Cap Bon, Tunisia.  The bodies of the 4 crew members and 2 passengers  were found near the aircraft. George was identified by personal papers.

CREW:

Jack Sydney Jarrett; Warrant Officer/Pilot: age 22; R.A.F.

Alfred George; Sergeant/2nd Pilot; age: 20; R.A.F.V.R.

Ian Hickman Dick; Warrant Officer/Observer; age: 25; R.A.F.V.R.

Romley Thomas Jenkins D.F.M.; Pilot Officer/ Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age: 24; R.A.F.V.R.

Passenger:

H.R. Harmer; Air Sergeant; age 48; S.A.A.F.

 

George’s widow Mollie & son were living at the Red Lion, Woodbridge, Suffolk when the telegram arrived reporting the death of her husband. The telegram had been wrongly addressed to -Mrs Fenn 35 Edwin Avenue, Woodbridge and so my Mollie hoped at first that her husband had not been killed.

The letter that later followed read: Deeply regret to inform you that your husband No. 252086 Corporal Fenn G is reported to have lost his life as the result of an aircraft accident on 25 May The Air Council express their profound sympathy.

On the 9th June 1944, Mollie received a letter ” your husband was a passenger in a Marauder aircraft which set out from Maison Blanche on a flight to Catania and crashed into a hill approximately 30 miles east of Tunis.”

A memorial service was held for George at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich, on the 9th June 1944. The Rev. T. Batterby conducted the service.

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George with his father, Thomas Saul Fenn & Grandfather, George Fenn – 1914.

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George with his mother, Nellie & brother Thomas – 1916

George attended Ipswich School.

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George in his Ipswich School uniform  1924.

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George with his Aunt Margaret (Flint) – 1928

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George with his family at Felixstowe – 1928.

In 1940, Ipswich, George married Mollie Gwendoline Clark, born April 1919, Ipswich. They had 1 son.

george-fenn-6George & Mollie on their Wedding Day – 29th April 1940

george-fenn-7a sketch from 1943

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George is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial.

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