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Douglas Dawson

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Douglas Dawson

September 17, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/90321

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

115 (R.A.F.) Sqdn.

Additional Information


Commemorated on Page 287 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

STRIJEN PROTESTANT CEMETERY
Netherlands

Grave Reference:

Grave 2.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Inscription– Cookstown Cenotaph.
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Douglas Dawson is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Douglas Dawson 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
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star September 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star September 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of DOUGLAS DAWSON– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star September 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star September 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star September 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star September 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– newspaper clipping
The crew of Lancaster LM693 in 115 (RAF) Sqdn had taken part in the key raid against Stettin 29/30 August 1944.   On the night of 16/17 Sept. 44 at 2128 it was airborne from RAF Witchford on a mission to bomb Flak positions at Moerdijk, Holland.  This was Operation Market Garden in support of the landings by British and American airborne troops at Arnhem and Nijmegen which took place the following morning.  The aircraft is thought to have collided with Lancaster LM 169 of 90 (RAF) and crashed near Strijen (Zuid-Holland).  All but two of the crew were Canadian and are buried in Strijen Protestant Cemetery.  They were:

F/O (P) Peter W. Bickford, age 22, from Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
F/O (N) Arnold N. Johnston, age 22, from Burketon, Ont.
F/O (BA) Wilfrid G. Scanlan, age 22, from Westport, Ont.
F/S (AG) Douglas Dawson, age 19, from Cookstown, Ont.
F/S (AG) Donald G. Flood, age  20, from Woodstock, Ont.
Sgt. (FE) Peter L. Dooley, RAF, age 19, from Surrey, England
F/S (WAG) U. B. Butters, RAF, age 21, from Hull, England

[Sources:  www.lostbombers.co.uk and They Shall Grow Not Old, published by Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Brandon, Manitoba.]
  • Memorial Street– Innisfil street named in honour of Pilot Officer Douglas Dawson with a poppy.
  • Strijen Protestant Cemetery– Photo of Strijen Protestant Cemetery by Fedor de Vries on http://www.ww2museums.com
The 5 RCAF aircrew of Lancaster LM693 are buried here with 6 from the U.K.
  • Grave Marker– Photo courtesy of Pieter Schlebaum, The Netherlands.

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