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Sergeant ( Air Gnr. ) Donald Thomson Kennedy

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Sergeant ( Air Gnr. ) Donald Thomson Kennedy

Birth
Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
Death
13 Aug 1944 (aged 18–19)
Burial
Soltau, Heidekreis, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
Plot
21. B. 11.
Memorial ID
18486188 View Source

Donald was the tail gunner in a Lancaster bomber based at Witchford, Cambridgeshire. On 12th August the crew took off for a night raid to a target in Brunswick, Germany. They were hit by , either flak or fighter cannon fire. The Pilot, F/O G.B. Hockey, Australian, was the only survivor and he was a POW for the rest of the War. When repatriated after the end of the war, he reported that the aircraft filled with flames and he gave the order to abandon it. The plane came down 20km from (censored) and the local police told him that all his crew had been found in or near the wreckage. It can only be assumed that he was the only one who managed to bale out of the burning aircraft.

Donald was only 19, the youngest son of Provost and Mrs. Donald Thomson Kennedy of Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. His two older brothers were also in the RAFVR, one of whom was awarded the DFC for getting his badly damaged Wellington bomber back to base after a raid to Germany. They both survived the war.

Contributor: Archie Gilbert (48600055)

Donald was the tail gunner in a Lancaster bomber based at Witchford, Cambridgeshire. On 12th August the crew took off for a night raid to a target in Brunswick, Germany. They were hit by , either flak or fighter cannon fire. The Pilot, F/O G.B. Hockey, Australian, was the only survivor and he was a POW for the rest of the War. When repatriated after the end of the war, he reported that the aircraft filled with flames and he gave the order to abandon it. The plane came down 20km from (censored) and the local police told him that all his crew had been found in or near the wreckage. It can only be assumed that he was the only one who managed to bale out of the burning aircraft.

Donald was only 19, the youngest son of Provost and Mrs. Donald Thomson Kennedy of Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. His two older brothers were also in the RAFVR, one of whom was awarded the DFC for getting his badly damaged Wellington bomber back to base after a raid to Germany. They both survived the war.

Contributor: Archie Gilbert (48600055)


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