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Flying Officer Archibald Donald Doner

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Flying Officer Archibald Donald Doner

Birth
Cranbrook, East Kootenay Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Death
25 Aug 1944 (aged 20)
Sept-Iles, Cote-Nord Region, Quebec, Canada
Memorial Site*
Ottawa, Ottawa Municipality, Ontario, Canada

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

Plot
Panel 3. Column 4.
Memorial ID
18427895 View Source

Born Cranbrook, B.C., Canada

Archie was first stationed at Nassau, Bahamas on October 5, 1943, where he ferried new planes from North America to the Africa conflict of World War II. A typical route took him from Rio, to Ascension Island, and on to Egypt. His time in Africa caught up with him when he came down with malaria and was sent back to Canada. After his rehabilitation, Archie was stationed at Dorval, Quebec, where on his first run delivering a Mitchell B-25 bomber to Scotland, went down 22 miles out of Sept-Iles, Quebec. To locate the wreckage, they had to take a road for 16 miles, boat for 15 miles, and then canoe with 9 portages. He was buried at the scene because there were forest fires in the region at the time. To bring the bodies out for burial would have entailed taking in a party of at least 12 trained woodsman and 4 canoes and the distances involved would have been approximately 35 miles. Arch was the tender age of 20 when he died. He had no descendants.

Perry Doner 46987236
Just thought I'd send you this fascinating link on Archibald Doner as researched by his nephew:
https://donersincanada.tribalpages.com/tribe/browse?userid=donersincanada&view=0&pid=4360&ver=73616#moreinfo_

Born Cranbrook, B.C., Canada

Archie was first stationed at Nassau, Bahamas on October 5, 1943, where he ferried new planes from North America to the Africa conflict of World War II. A typical route took him from Rio, to Ascension Island, and on to Egypt. His time in Africa caught up with him when he came down with malaria and was sent back to Canada. After his rehabilitation, Archie was stationed at Dorval, Quebec, where on his first run delivering a Mitchell B-25 bomber to Scotland, went down 22 miles out of Sept-Iles, Quebec. To locate the wreckage, they had to take a road for 16 miles, boat for 15 miles, and then canoe with 9 portages. He was buried at the scene because there were forest fires in the region at the time. To bring the bodies out for burial would have entailed taking in a party of at least 12 trained woodsman and 4 canoes and the distances involved would have been approximately 35 miles. Arch was the tender age of 20 when he died. He had no descendants.

Perry Doner 46987236
Just thought I'd send you this fascinating link on Archibald Doner as researched by his nephew:
https://donersincanada.tribalpages.com/tribe/browse?userid=donersincanada&view=0&pid=4360&ver=73616#moreinfo_


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Royal Canadian Air Force

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J/28954


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