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Donald Banbury Douglas

In memory of:

Flight Lieutenant Donald Banbury Douglas

January 9, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

J/14533

Age:

23

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

235 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Son of Walter and Lela Douglas, of Belleville, Ontario, Canada. 3rd Compt.

Commemorated on Page 510 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BANFF CEMETERY (BANFFSHIRE)
Banffshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

3rd Compt. Sec. D. Grave 20.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Cenotaph– Info plate on memorial near Boyndie aerodrome, formerly RAF Banff.
  • Cenotaph– Memorial near Boyndie Aerodrome, formerly RAF Banff.
  • Memorial
  • Memorial Plaque
  • Grave Marker
  • Photo of Donald Banbury Douglas– J14533 Flight Lieutenant Donald B. Douglas, born 10-10-21
Former student of Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute (Toronto)
  • Letter– Crash report from British records for F/Lt Douglas' Mosquito which crashed during an air test.  Information is from the Dutch organization Bomber Command Search (Christel & Ger Boogmans)
  • Document– F/Lt Douglas' school registration card 1938.  The writing is his.  The comments on the bottom are from the office staff at Lawrence Park Collegiate in Toronto on news of his death.  It was only recently they learned of the reason for his death.
  • Document– Douglas bails out of an Anson when it runs out of gas on a night training mission in New Brunswick (1941)

Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Document– Accident Investigation into fatal flight Jan 45 - page 1

Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Document (Page 2)
  • Document (Page 3)
  • Document (Page 4)
  • Letter– First letter from G/C Max Aitken, CO of 235 Sqdn. to Mr. Douglas

Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Letter (2) page 1– Second letter from G/C Max Aitken CO of 235 Sqdn. to Mr. Douglas. 
Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Letter (2) page 2
  • Telegram– Immediate telegram to report crash of Douglas to RAF HQ

Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Document (3)– A list of F/O Douglas' training courses.
  • Document (4)– The list of qualifications Douglas had aquired in the RCAF.

Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Letter– Letter from the Estates Branch of the RCAF answering an inquiry from Mr. Douglas as to the location of his son's three diaries.

Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Letter (page 1)– Mr. Douglas sent this letter to the Chief of Air Staff after receiving the RCAF Estates Branch letter saying his sons diaries were destroyed. page 1

Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Letter (Page 2)
  • Letter– Letter to the Chief of Air Staff from the Director of Estates (RCAF).  
What really happened we will never know, but somehow Douglas' diaries have 'disappeared'.

Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Photo of Donald Banbury Douglas– This picture was in his Pers file in Ottawa (2006).  It was probably taken in Canada before he left for England. 

Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Photo of Donald Banbury Douglas– This RCAF photo shows Douglas after he achieved his Wings. (25 Sept 43)
Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada

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