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Flying Officer Douglas Gerald FARQUHAR (139615) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Navigator

Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Mitchell II FW146
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Death of Death 1944-11-19 Age : 23 years.

Served in 226 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : Joint grave 20. A. 8-9. at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Netherlands (Map)

More Details: SON OF JAMES DOUGLAS FARQUHAR AND VERA TUDOR POTT FARQUHAR, OF GREAT NECK, NEW YORK STATE, U.S.A.

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Awards for Douglas Gerald FARQUHAR 139615

DateAwardRankName (Number)UnitRibbon
1944-07-14DFCFg OffrDouglas Gerald FARQUHAR (139615)226 Sqdn
Acting Wing Commander Arthur Dennis MITCHELL, A.F.C. (33373), R.A.F., 226 Sqn. Flying Officer Douglas Gerald FARQUHAR (139615), ;'R.A.F.V.R., 226 Sqn. ; These officers were pilot and navigator respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack a target in Normandy recently. When approaching the target, their aircraft was heavily attacked by. antiaircraft fire, but despite this a successful attack was made. The excellent results achieved were due mainly to the fine leadership of Wing Com1 mander Mitchell and the navigational skill, and bombing accuracy of Flying Officer Farquhar. Their courage and determination in the face of heavy enemy opposition were most praiseworthy London Gazette No. 36609, Dated 1944-07-14

London Gazette Mentions

NumberName /Text London Gazette Details
139615Flying Officer Douglas Gerald FARQUHARLondon Gazette supplement : 36609 , Dated 1944-07-11 , Download #36609
139615924898 Douglas Gerald FARQUHARLondon Gazette issue : 35940 , Dated 1943-03-12 , Download #35940
139615D G FARQUHARLondon Gazette issue : 36094 , Dated 1943-07-13 , Download #36094

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date: 19 Nov 44 Aircraft: Mitchell ll FW146 Unit 226 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location , Limburg
Details
SourceHenk Welting's Database
Aircrew details
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Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
Squadron LeaderGilbert CAMPBELL (46638) Pilot Mitchell II FW146  Forum Post 1944-11-19226 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsJonkerbos War Cemetery
Flying OfficerDouglas Gerald FARQUHAR (139615) Navigator Mitchell II FW146  Forum Post 1944-11-19226 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsJonkerbos War Cemetery
Flying OfficerJohn Lawry HALLIDAY (142460) Navigator Mitchell II FW146  Forum Post 1944-11-19226 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsJonkerbos War Cemetery
Pilot OfficerWilliam HODSON (185072) Wireless Op Mitchell II FW146  Forum Post 1944-11-19226 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsJonkerbos War Cemetery
Pilot OfficerWallace Edgar OSMOND (421929) Mitchell II FW146  Forum Post 1944-11-19226 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsJonkerbos War Cemetery

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S/L - W/C Arthur Dennis MITCHELL - No.226 Squadron, No.139 Wing - DFC and Bar, AFCMITCHELL, Arthur Dennis, S/L (33373) - No.320 Maintenance Unit, India - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944. Born 26 May 1918. Bloxham School and Pangbourne College. Cranwell Cadet, graduated and commissioned 30 June 1938. Flight Lieutenant, 27 February 1940. Squadron Leader, 1 March 1942. Postwar .served at No 2 Group headquarters, British Air Forces of Occupation, No 84 Group and the Air Ministry, before learning to fly the Gloster Meteor. Following brief command of No. 26 Squadron RAF, a Hawker Tempest squadron in Germany, he was posted to Brussels in 1948 as a member of an RAF delegation responsible for determining the needs of the future Belgian Air Force. Wing Commander, 1 January 1950. Group Captain, 1 July 1956. From 1956 to 1959 he was Deputy Captain of the Queen's Flight and Captain from 1962 to 1964. In 1958 Mitchell was appointed Aide-de-Camp to Elizabeth II; he had been extra equerry since 1962. Retired 16 March 1962 as Group Captain but granted Honourary Air Commodore on taking command of the Queen’s Flight. Relinquished command of the Queen’s Flight, 31 July 1964. Died 25 December 2001. Public Record Office Air 2/8959 (provided courtesy of Steve Brew) has citation drafted when he had flown 1,775 instructional hours (191 in previous six months) - although the text does not stress instructional duties. During the past 18 months, this officer has commanded the Test and Despatch Flight at this Unit. He has undertaken personally the initial test flights on all new types of aircraft and has completed 720 test flights. Each one of the Hurricane aircraft which passed through the unit for the defence of Burma was tested by him and he also helped to arrange convoys of ferry pilots, prior to the formation of the Ferry Organization within the Command. It was entirely due to this officer’s meticulous care in testing, and his excellent ground organization that none of these aircraft sustained damage through negligence and the standard of those despatched has been extremely high. In addition to these priority commitments, he organized and maintained for a period of two months, during floods, a regular air service between Karachi-Quettea-Multan. Squadron Leader Mitchell is an officer of the best type who has always displayed outstanding enthusiasm for flying. MITCHELL, Arthur Dennis, W/C, AFC (33373) - No.226 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 July 1944, with 139615 F/O Douglas Gerald Farquhar. . These officers were pilot and navigator respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack a target in Normandy recently. When approaching the target, their aircraft was heavily attacked by. anti-aircraft fire, but despite this a successful attack was made. The excellent results achieved were due mainly to the fine leadership of Wing Commander Mitchell and the navigational skill, and bombing accuracy of Flying Officer Farquhar. Their courage and determinat ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 14th November 2022 02:39:32
Mitchell FW146Via the internet I have obtained the following: Mitchell FW146 was reported missing during an operational mission on 19th February 1944. Immediately after bombing, the starboard wing was seen to receive a direct hit from flak just outboard of the engine. The aircraft broke away from the formation, turned upside down and was last seen going down in an uncontrollable dive from a height of about 6000 feet. Five of the crew were killed and WO Cote returned safe to the UK. Crew: RAF Sqn Ldr Campbell,G DFC Captain (Pilot) RAF FO Farquhar D G, DFC (Navigator) RAF FO Halliday J L (Navigator) RAF FO Hodson, (Wireless Air Gunner) RAAF 421929 PO Osmond, W E (Wireless Air Gunner) RAF WO J F Cote, (Air Gunner) Shores and Thomas (Second Tactical Air Force, Vol.2) give the date as 19 November 1944 and give the cause of loss as "shot down by fighter." My own sources identify Cote as RCAF, confirm the date as 19 November 1944 but state the cause of loss as flak. My account states: "On 19 November 1944, while approaching the Venlo bridge at 15,000 feet, his aircraft took a direct flak hit which killed his three comrades and cut the fuselage in two. The after portion, with turret and Coté, plunged several thousand feet before it ceased spinning and settled into a prolonged flutter, rather like a leaf. The tail landed in an orchard and he staggered out, wounded but alive. He ended up a prisoner of war." I note that my source for the above is an article by L.F. Gray, “How Lucky Can You Get ?”, Sentinel Magazine, November-December 1967. Clearly I am wrong about the number of persons in the aircraft - but why would a Mitchell have a crew of six on this occasion ? And can the issue of cause - flak or fighters - be resolved ? I could order the relevant ORB pages, but somebody else may already have visited this matter/ ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 3rd December 2012 11:09:48

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