Born: 27th January 1921, Ipswich.

Died: 6th December 1942; age: 21 – aircraft crashed and burned after take off at R.C.A.F. Station Gander, Newfoundland.

Residence: 125, Hervey Street, Ipswich.

Rank: Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: 1334966.

Regiment: Royal Air Force.

Grave Reference:


Gander War Cemetery,

Newfoundland & Labrador,


(Image courtesy of Graeme Wright)

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.

Probate to Percy Charles Lancaster Simmons – father.

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 take off 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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