Born: 27th January 1921, Ipswich.

Died: 6th December 1942; age: 21 – Crashed and burned after take off at Gander, Newfoundland, when on a ferry flight.

Rank: Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: 1334966.

Regiment: Royal Air Force.


Grave Reference:


Gander War Cemetery,

Newfoundland & Labrador,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Percy Charles Lancaster Simmons & Alice Violet Emma Simmons, of Ipswich.


Father: Percy Charles Lancaster Simmons, born 1888, Parkstone, Essex. A Waterworks Manager.

Mother: Alice Violet Emma Simmons (nee Sweetman), born 1898, Ipswich.


On the 27th September 1941, Douglas arrived at Buffalo, New York – his destination was Toronto, Canada. He was 20 years & 3 months old. He had a fresh complexion, brown hair & hazel eyes, he was 5ft & 8ins in height; Religon: CofE. He gave his address as the Southern Aviation School, Camden, South Carolina, U.S.A. – Air Crew Training. His next of kin was his father – Mr Percy Simmons, of 125, Hervey Street, Ipswich.


6th December 1942

Douglas was the Co/Pilot on the aircraft, Hudson FK/690 which took off 03.51 G.M.T. at the commencement of a delivery flight to the United Kingdom. Location of Unit at time of Casualty – R.A.F. Ferry Command, Dorval, P.Q. The aircraft stalled immediately after the takeoff and crashed, bursting into flames, with the result that all occupants were instantly killed. there were no passengers.


Captain/Pilot Officer; Ronald George Stanley Burrows; age 26, R.A.A.F.

Sergeant/Radio Operator; Jack Eric Fazel; age 25; R.A.A.F.

Pilot Officer/Navigator; Graeme Hamilton Thompson; R.A.F.





Photograph & Air Crash Report courtesy of Beth.

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