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Russell David Durling

In memory of:

Flying Officer Russell David Durling

September 8, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/36594

Age:

19

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

98 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Son of Cecil C. Durling and Winnifred M. Durling, of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Brother of Robert and Marion Durling.

Commemorated on Page 297 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

55. A. 3.

Location:

Brookwood is 30 miles from London (M3 to Bagshot and then A322). The main entrance to Brookwood Military Cemetery is on the A324 from the village of Pirbright. Brookwood Military Cemetery is owned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom, covering approximately 37 acres. In 1917, an area of land in Brookwood Cemetery (originally The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, many of battle wounds, in the London district. This site was further extended to accommodate the Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War, and American, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French and Polish plots containing the graves of Allied casualties. There are also German and Italian plots where prisoners of war lie buried.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Russell David Durling is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Russell David Durling is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Gravemarker
  • Photo of Russell David Durling– Russell David Durling - Flying Officer - 98 Sqdn RCAF
  • Group Photo– "East Meets West" was the caption to this photo in a Halifax newspaper depicting Flying Officer David Durling (East Coast) shaking hands with Pilot Denis Loveridge (West Coast) - 98th Sqdn RCAF
  • Group Photo– Denis Loveridge (Pilot), George Churchard (Pilot Officer), Bob Logie (Flight Lieutenant), Dave Durling (Flying Officer) in front of Mitchell Aircraft - 98 Sqdn. RCAF.  All crew killed on Sept. 8, 1944 when aircraft exploded on landing due to a bomb hang up.
  • Newspaper Article– Article from Halifax newspaper - Aug. 3, 1944
  • Flight log book– Final entry in flight log book for R. D. Durling - All crew killed Sept. 8, 1944 as a result of a bomb hang up.  Aircraft exploded on landing.
  • Funeral procession– Carrying casket to carriage - R. D. Durling
  • Funeral procession– Passing firing party on way to grave - R. D. Durling funeral
  • Funeral– Playing "The Last Post" at funeral for R. D. Durling
  • Grave Marker– R. D. Durling - Grave Marker

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