Leading Aircraftman Henry Beirne DOUGLAS

Service No: 404562
Born: Brisbane QLD, 10 March 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 11 October 1940
Unit: No. 1 Service Flying Training School (RCAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident, Ontario, 30 April 1941, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Nudgee Roman Catholic Cemetery, QLD
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Henry Alexander Cecil and Catherine Cecilia Douglas, of Ascot
Roll of Honour: Brisbane QLD
Remembered: Panel 133, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 30 April 1941 Leading Aircraftman Douglas took off on a solo practice flight from RCAF Camp Borden and crashed at 0845 hours near Cookstown, Ontario. He was authorised to practice precautionary landings, spins, forced landing and steep turns. The aircraft was seen spiralling towards the earth at 3000 feet, and it continued until it hit the ground, killing Leading Aircraftman Douglas.

Leading Aircraftman Douglas was buried in the Barrie Roman Catholic Cemetery, Ontario. Later his remains were exhumed and sent to Queensland.


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/103/76

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