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Sgt Oscar Knud Lerche Jensen

Sgt Oscar Knud Lerche Jensen

Birth
Carman, Pembina Valley Census Division, Manitoba, Canada
Death 20 Aug 1942 (aged 26)
Angus, Scotland
Burial Fettercairn, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Plot section D - Grave 14
Memorial ID 104008054 · View Source
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Oscar Knud Lerche Jensen was born February 3, 1916 in Carman, Manitoba to Anna Christine and Einar Bay Jensen. He attended school in Carman, graduating from the collegiate in 1932.

Oscar was a member of the Carman St. Andrew's Wesley United Church and joined the Carman Oddfellows Lodge before enlisting.*1

After school Oscar followed his father, the manager of the Carman Creamery, into the trade of butter making. To learn more about the trade, Oscar attended the Manitoba Agriculture College studying dairying. Following his studies, he worked as a cream grader for the government in St. Lazare, Erickson and Glenella, Manitoba.

Oscar enlisted in the R.C.A.F. February 1941, service #R95369.*3 He trained in Regina, Saskatchewan, Calgary and Lethbridge, Alberta graduating as a wireless operator in Lethbridge, Alberta, March 1942.*1

In April Oscar left for active service overseas in England and Scotland, flying with the RAF.

On August 13, Mr. and Mrs. Jensen received news their son, Sergeant Oscar Knud Lerche Jensen, a wireless operator and air gunner, had been killed on an operational flight August 9, 1942*1 when the Vicker Wellington L7845 in which he was flying crashed.*2

Sergeant O. K. L. Jensen was laid to rest in the Fettercairn Cemetery.*4

He was "considered to be one of the finest young Carman men, representing the best Canada was giving in the great fight for freedom.*1

On Sunday, August 16, the United Church Reverand C. H. Hetherington conducted the memorial service for Oscar. The church was filled with family, friends and residents of the town, all paying their respect and tribute to Oscar. Members of the lodge formed an honor guard leading into the church and flowers covered the minister's platform.

"The minister's address was one of high praise for the gallant and highly respected youth, and sincere sympathy was expressed to the bereaved family."*1 It was as follows:

"We meet this afternoon to pay our last tribute to the memory of one of the finest and best of our young men who have answered the call of king and country--Oscar Jensen. Oscar Jensen was killed in action last Friday and buried yesterday at Edzell (Angus-Forfarshire, Scotland)." (Oscar is buried at the Fettercairn Cemetery, situated one mile from Fettercairn and five miles from Edzell.)

"It was not my privilege to know him very well, but I have heard a great deal of him and all I have heard was a credit to him and his family and the community that loved and respected him.

I well remember the last Sunday he was with us here in this church before he went overseas. I had a few minutes conversation with him and he was very appreciative of the service. He impressed me that morning of being quiet, a steady mature young man, who could always be counted on to do what he knew to be right, and what I've heard of him has strengthened that impression.

What tragedy that such young men of promise should be victims of war. We need such men as these to build up this land of ours and make it strong and great. And yet, who knows. Perhaps these young men who give themselves so courageously and sacrificially accomplish more in a few months than the rest of us do in all our years. The greatest life ever lived, the life of our Master, was not a long life, it only lasted 33 years, but it was such a sacrificial life that it was full and rich and eternal."

Reverend Hetherington went on with a sermon to comfort the grieving family and finished by adding: "Friends, it is slowly but surely being brought home to us that we are all at war but we must all make sacrifices, we must all do our part and bear our share, for whether we go to war or not, this war comes to us. It visits this community, it strikes this home and that and come what may, we must carry on. We must, as Oscar's mother said so truly and courageously to me the other night, 'We must be good soldiers at home.'

With good soldiers like Oscar overseas and good soldiers like his mother at home, we shall carry on and we shall win through to a safer and better world."*1

As was the custom, the province of Manitoba has named an island in Semmens Lake, Jensen Island, after the young man who fought for his country and family.

Sergeant Oscar Knud Lerche Jensen is commemorated on Page 85 of Canada's Second World War Book of Remembrance.*4

Other casualties of this crash near Muckle Cairn, Upper Glenesk, Angus, were:

RCAF Flight Sergeant ARTHUR GEORGE WILSON KEEN

"http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=141944957"

RCAF Sergeant ALFRED KIRBY

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RAF Sergeant JOSEPH WEATHERSON

"http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=118823227" *4



*1 The Dufferin Leader, Carman, Manitoba.
*2 Air Crash Sites, Scotland
*3 Library and Archives of Canada
*4 Shirley Hearn


Inscription

R95369 SERGEANT
O. K. L. JENSEN
WIRELESS OPERATOR/AIR GUNNER
ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE
9TH AUGUST 1942 AGE 26.

UNTO THE HILLS AROUND
DO I LIFT UP
MY LONGING EYES


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  • Created by: Shirley Tort
  • Added: 22 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 104008054
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Oscar Knud Lerche Jensen (3 Feb 1916–20 Aug 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 104008054, citing Fettercairn Cemetery, Fettercairn, Aberdeenshire, Scotland ; Maintained by Shirley Tort (contributor 47942188) .