W.33  First Officer

 Mrs Joan Molesworth Jenkinson

flag england  b. 7 Aug 1908, Sevenoaks, Kent 1 Mar 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 


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5' 9". Fair hair, blue eyes.

née Dunn

Father: Sir James Dunn, a Canadian banker. "Sir James and Lady Dunn own a ranch in Canada. It is a 12,000 acre estate near Bathurst, New Brunswick, near the spot where Sir James was born."

"Miss Joan Dunn is the sister of Miss Kathleen 'Kit' Dunn. They are among London's most beautiful debutantes" The Scotsman, 17 Mar 1928


m. Jun 1928 Hubert John Duggan - "Mr Duggan is resigning a commission in the Life Guards to enter politics in the Conservative Party"

They divorced in 1930, after Joan admitted adultery with John Jenkinson.  There was one child, of which Hubert was granted custody.


m. 1930 in Easthampstead, Berks, John Anthony Jenkinson (suicide, 1935)

31 October 1935: "WORRY DRIVES MAN TO NEEDLESS SUICIDE Dramatic evidence was given Mrs. Joan Jenkinson, the youngest daughter of Sir James Dunn, the Canadian financier, at the inquest at Hammersmith to-day on her husband, Mr. John Anthony Jenkinson, who was found shot in his Chelsea home on Tuesday. A verdict of "Suicide while of unsound mind" was returned. Mrs. Jenkinson told the coroner that her husband was 29 years of age, and a sugar merchant. His general health had not been very good of late, and he had been in a nursing home for little while. He had been depressed owing to financial troubles. She had been away, and when she returned home on Tuesday she found a letter on the table in her husband's handwriting addressed to her. She had lunch with him afterwards, but returned about 4:40pm to find him dead."

"I do die with the most beautiful thoughts of you." This was a phrase in a letter left to his wife by John Anthony Jenkinson, aged 29, who shot himself at his flat in Tite-street, Chelsea. S.W. A verdict of suicide while of unsound mind was recorded"

prev. a Cadet Officer with the Mechanised Transport Corps, May to Jul 1940

Address in 1940: 1, Wilton House, London SW1

Postings: 1FPP, 5TFPP, 9FPP, 15FPP

Off sick from 7 Apr to 26 Jun, then 74 Jul to 29 Sep 1941 with 'sciatic neuritis'

3 accidents, none her fault:

- 13 Oct 1942, a forced landing in Spitfire I L1021, following partial engine failure (she was commended)

- 20 Feb 1944, the tailwheel of her Spitfire retracted after landing, due to a hydraulic fault

- 5 Jul 1944, the engine of her Spitfire cut out during takeoff; she retracted the undercarriage and managed to miss the far hedge


Her C.O. at 9 FPP, Hugh Bergel, thought her "a most conscientious, industrious and reliable ferry pilot. Her unassuming but charming personality are both an asset and a good influence in the Pool."

m. 1943, Hon. Charles Dutton, also of the ATA

d. 1982

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