The Final Resting Place Of Jens Ipsen

by Richard Olliffe April. 05, 2020 116 views

Jens' remarkable story began 72 years ago, on April 9 1940, when he was stationed in the Syrian desert with the French Foreign Legion.

On that day Germany invaded Denmark and Jens' only thought was how to get to England to fight the invading Nazis. He slipped away from the Legion and walked to Palestine for two days without food or water, narrowly escaping a Bedouin tribe scenes reminiscent of Lawrence of Arabia.

In Palestine he hitched a ride with a troop transport to England where he signed up with the RAF and learnt to fly Spitfires and Hurricanes at RAF Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire. During a low-flying training exercise over Lakes End, Norfolk, Jens' Hurricane hit a tree and his plane crashed into a field.

He survived but spent six weeks in hospital at RAF Ely, Cambridgeshire. Jens then went on to fly 109 defence and patrol missions from the south coast of England in Mark V and Mark VI Spitfires, and then went on to fly attack sorties, convoy defence patrols and bomber escort missions from Malta, Sicily and Corsica. But the experience of the crash, and the people of Upwell near Lakes End and Ely, never left Jens.

His final instructions to his to sons John and Alan were find the find the 70-year-old crash site at Lakes End and bury him nearby.

In September 2012 his sons John and Alan fulfilled this last request by carrying his ashes 450 miles from Denmark to be buried at the Parish Church of Upwell St Peter, Norfolk, England.

Text Courtesy of Cambs Times.

Jens Memorial  Stone in the Churchyard at the Parish Church of Upwell St Peter, Norfolk, England.

Jens Memorial Stone in the Churchyard at the Parish Church of Upwell St Peter, Norfolk, England.

The Churchyard at the Parish Church of Upwell St Peter, Norfolk, England.

The Churchyard at the Parish Church of Upwell St Peter, Norfolk, England.

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