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Sergeant Robert DONALDSON (542626) of the Royal Air Force


Lost in aircraft Wellington I L7800  AIR81/842

Death of Death 1940-06-11 .

Served in 149 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : Panel 13. at Runnymede Memorial, United Kingdom

More Details: SON OF ROBERT DONALDSON, AND OF SARAH DONALDSON, OF AUCHENHEATH, LANARKSHIRE.

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National Archives AIR81

Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/842Sergeant G B Fleming, Sergeant M Murphy, Sergeant R Donaldson, Pilot Officer J R Swift, Pilot Officer M B Dawson and Flying Officer J S Douglas-Cooper: missing presumed dead; Wellington L7800 failed to return from air operations, 11 June 1940.C14502648
AIR81/1047Sergeant P R Donaldson, Sergeant J P Atkinson, Aircraftman 1st Class A G W Miller, Flight Lieutenant D A Ffrench-Mullen and Pilot Officer W A K Carr: prisoners of war; Whitley N1496 force landed at Heligoland Bight, Germany, 9 July 1940.C14502913
AIR81/9041Sergeant R Donaldson: killed; aircraft accident near Ludford Magna, Spitfire P7522, 65 Squadron, 13 September 1941.C16924883

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash 1941-01-01 11 Jun 40 Aircraft Name Wellington IC Serial Number L7800
Unit 149 Sqdn Operating Airfield Country United Kingdom
Aircrew details
Details
Source Henk Welting's Database

Other Aircrew lost in Wellington IC L7800

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Pilot OfficerMichael Benedict DAWSON (42205) Wellington I L7800  AIR81/842 1940-06-11149 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantRobert DONALDSON (542626) Wellington I L7800  AIR81/842 1940-06-11149 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flying OfficerJohn Stainforth DOUGLAS-COOPER (37964) Wellington I L7800  AIR81/842 1940-06-11149 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantGeoffrey Bernard FLEMING (581173) Wellington I L7800  AIR81/842 1940-06-11149 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantMichael MURPHY (624178) Wellington I L7800  AIR81/842 1940-06-11149 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Pilot OfficerJohn Rupert SWIFT (77213) Wellington I L7800  AIR81/842 1940-06-11149 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial


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