Born: 1918, Suffolk.
Died: 25th June 1941; age 22; killed in an aircraft collision at Sheppherdswell, Kent.
Residence: Carfax, Lowfield Heath, West Sussex.
Occupation: at a London Stockbroker’s Office.
In early 1939, Douglas applied for a commission in the Royal Air Force. He began his training in June of that year. After gaining his wings in the following December, he was detailed for Army Cooperation work, in the course of which he subsequently met his death.
Promoted March 1941 – Flying Officer.
Promoted May 1941 – Flight Lieutenant.
Rank: Flight Lieutenant/Pilot Officer; Service Number: 42452.
Regiment: Royal Air Force, 239 Squadron.
Father: Arthur Henry Tuppen, born 1893, Dum Dum, Calcutta, India.
Mother: Mildred Tuppen (nee Bailey), born 1899, Rishangles, Suffolk.
Baby Douglas and his mother. Douglas with his mother, Millie & grandmother, Ada Bailey.
Douglas attended Ipswich School – left the school in 1935.
On the 17th July 1940, Gosport, Hampshire, Douglas married Nesta Violet Durant, born May 1920, Portsmouth, Hampshire.
Douglas & Nesta
Probate to Nesta Violet Tuppen, widow.
The Andrews Newspaper Index Cards records Nesta’s announcement of her husband’s death – it reads ” his lonely wife.”
Douglas is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial.
Photographs courtesy of Richard – Douglas’s nephew.
25th June 1941
239 Squadron were an army cooperation squadron based at Gatwick, and in June 1941 were equipped with Westland Lysanders, engaged mainly in working with the army during training exercises. On the 25th June 1941, two Lysanders, serial numbers V9377 and V9429 were carrying out a tactical reconnaissance mission as part of an army exercise code named operation ‘Binge.’ Douglas was flying one aircraft, and Roy Parish the other. The two aircraft collided in mid-air and both crashed near Shepherdswell, Kent killing both pilots and their observers. Unfortunately it is not known which pilots and observers were flying together, and in which aircraft.
Roy William Parish; Pilot Officer; age 20; R.A.F.
Horace Paige Clapperton; Flight Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 30; R.A.F.V.R.
Harold John Taylor; Flight Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 33; R.A.F.
Aircraft information courtesy of John Allan.