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Sqn Ldr Ian Kenneth Sefton JOLL DFC AEAge: 56 years19201977

Sqn Ldr Ian Kenneth Sefton JOLL DFC AE
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Ian Kenneth Sefton
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Sqn Ldr
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Birth 3 February 1920 41 31
Birth of a sisterRosemary Doreen JOLL
17 October 1928 (Age 8 years)

Note: Croydon - Reg BMD 2a/402 Dec
from 1939 (Age 18 years)

Note: JOLL Ian Kenneth Sefton Squadron Leader RAF NO.90951
Death of a fatherEric William JOLL
29 July 1949 (Age 29 years) Age: 70 years
Note: JOLL - On July 29 1949 at Newton Abbot, after a long illness, Eric William JOLL, aged 68. No flowers…
Death 1977 (Age 56 years) Age: 57 years

Note: Sqn Ldr Ian Joll's mum had received the devastating telegram telling her he was dead just 10 minutes…
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Marriage: 21 July 1914Chertsey, Surrey, England
1 year
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JOLL Ian Kenneth Sefton Squadron Leader RAF NO.90951 Ian Joll was born in East Grinstead, Sussex, on 3 February 1920. He joined 604 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force before the war and was mobilized in August 1939. He completed his training and returned to the unit in April 1940. On 10 May he took part in a strafing attack on ]u52/3ms which had landed on a Dutch beach during the invasion of that country, but as he went in low, he was either hit by return fire or struck the ground, crash-landing his Blenheim. He was assisted by the Dutch to get to a port, returning to his unit on the 13th. During his first night interception on 1 May 1941, his Beaufighter was struck by return fire and his radar operator, M. O' Leary was hit and seriously wounded. He was subsequently able to claim several victories during the summer nights, but later in the year was posted to 153 Squadron as a Flight Lieutenant to assist this unit in conversion from Defiant to Beaufighters. He returned to 604 in October 1942 where he was subsequently promoted Squadron Leader and commanded a flight. Early in 1943 he was posted to FIU, but again returned to 604 later in the year, where he claimed a fourth victory in September, receiving a DFC the following month, the citation recording four victories. No further information is available.


Sqn Ldr Ian Joll's mum had received the devastating telegram telling her he was dead just 10 minutes before he arrived on her doorstep The incredible story of an RAF pilot who turned up at his mum’s home 10 minutes after she got a telegram saying he had been killed has come to light after 75 years. Mabel Joll promptly fainted as she answered the door, thinking she was looking at a ghost. Sqn Ldr Ian Joll was thought to have died when he crashed on a Dutch beach on May 10, 1940. But he got on a ship to Harwich with the help of the Dutch resistance. And once there went to see his parents in Gravesend. Oliver Pepys, of Spinks auctioneers which is selling Sqn Ldr Joll’s medals, said: “She must have thought that she was looking at his ghost". Not 10 minutes before she had received a telegram from the Air Ministry saying he was missing, believed killed.” Sqn Ldr Joll cheated death again later when his Blenheim iced up and went into a spin and once more after his Beaufighter was shot up by a Heinkel. He went on to become a fighter ace with “five kills” and won the Distinguished Flying Cross. He died aged 57 in 1977 and his widow last year. His medals will be sold in London on April 23.

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Note: Artical in the Daily Mirror 8/4/2015 by Paul Vass
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Note: Broughton, next to the Middle Wallop, base of the 604 Squadron - 1941
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