King's College London
War Memorials

Evans, Francis Kent

Letter from A. E. Evans dated 27th September, 1946. on notepaper headed Association of Teachers in Technical Institutions.

Dear Sir, Thank you for your letter of the 25th of September. It is true that my son, Flying Officer F. K. Evans, D.F.M. has been killed on active service. On the night of January 8th 1944 he was returning after his 33rd operation over German territory as the navigator of a Mosquito. The ‘ plane had reached the Essex coast and a forced landing was necessary. For some reason, after the aerodrome had been located the landing lights were switched off and the ‘ plane landed in the neighbouring sea. My son managed to release his pilot from the aircraft. The pilot was later found unconscious and survived. Owing to injuries and exposure my son succumbed and his body was found later. He is buried in the R.A.F. Cemetery at Cambridge. Yours sincerely.


First name(s)Francis Kent
Date of birth26 September 1919
Family detailsSon of Alfred Ernest and Florence Kent Evans; husband of Stella Browning Evans, of Ealing, Middlesex.
Previous educationLatymer Upper School
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1938-1939
Dept / courseJournalism
Military unitR.A.F.V.R. 627 Sqdn
Date enlisted1940
Service number127520
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Decorations / medalsD.F.M.
Citation(s)See notes.
Date of death08/01/1944
Age at death24
Rank at deathFlying Officer (Nav)
Burial placeCambridge City Cemetery
Commemoration(s)King’ s College Chapel
NotesNavigator wins D.F.M. – The Distinguished Flying Medal has been awarded to Flight Sergeant Francis Kent Evans, who has completed all his sorties, with the greatest enthusiasm, vigour and determination. A skilful and courageous navigator, Flight sergeant Evans was born in 1919 at Ealing where his home is. He was studying journalism at King’ s College, London, before enlisting in 1940. Willesden Citizen 22.08.1942
SourcesKing’ s College; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Willesden Citizen

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