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Douglas Fraser McAllister

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Douglas Fraser McAllister

June 17, 1944

Sterkrade, Germany

Military Service


Service Number:

J/19854

Age:

21

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

434 Sqdn.

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45. Posthumously awarded RCAF Operational Wings in recognition of gallant service in action against the enemy, the 24 October 1947.

Additional Information


Born:

January 14, 1923
New Westminster, British Columbia

Enlistment:

March 28, 1942
Vancouver, British Columbia

Son of John Fraser McAllister and Frances Evelyn (nee O'Connor) McAllister, of Vancouver, British Columbia. Brother of John Arthur, William, Kilburn and Erma Jean.

Commemorated on Page 381 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

XIV. H. 15.

Location:

Groesbeek is located 10 km south east of the town of Nijmegen and close to the German frontier. The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is 3 km north of the village and 1500 metres east of the main road to Nijmegen. On leaving the A73 motorway at the junction Overasselt Mook Groesbeek follow directions to Mook. Follow direction signs towards Mook War cemetery. After passing Mook War cemetery continue to the village of Groesbeek to a set of traffic lights. Turn left at the lights onto Dorpstraat passing through Groesbeek. The road name then changes to Molenweg. A Commonwealth War Graves Commission direction sign indicates the right hand turning from Molenweg onto the Zeven Heuvelenweg. The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is located on the right hand side, about 1 km after entering this road. On the Memorial in the Canadian War Cemetery at Groesbeek are inscribed the following words:
Pro amicis mortui amicis vivimus, We live in the hearts of friends for whom we died.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Douglas Fraser McAllister is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Douglas Fraser McAllister is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Id card– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of DOUGLAS FRASER MCALLISTER– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Group Photo– McQueen Crew 52
L to R (facing interrogators)
F/O Lee Shaw (2nd Dickey?), F/Sgt W. McQueen, W. G. Pearcy? RAF, F/Sgt C.T. Beech, Sgt Michael Habiluk, F/O D.F. McAllistar, A. Warrington? RAF, and F/Sgt Alan Kingston.
Some crews took longer to get home for debriefing than others. Crew #52 ditched their Halifax in the North Sea while returning home from a raid on Leipzig. Rescued by the navy, they were given dry rubber boots, old flannel slacks and sweaters. After three days they made it back to Tholthorpe, rumpled and weary, but not looking much like the "pirates, thugs, and brigands" that Lord Haw Haw described as belonging to the squadron.
On 16/17 June 1944 this crew (minus F/O L. Shaw) flying a Halifax III, serial # LK-792, coded WL-N, on a bombing raid to Sterkrade would "Fail to Return" all were killed. 
(F/Sgt Alan Kingston's Nephew - Darrin Kingston is currently researching this crew) Courtesy CFJIC PL - 22526

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