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Warrant Officer Alexander Douglas FINLAYSON (408569) of the Royal Australian Air Force


Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Stirling EE917
 IBCC

Death of Death 1943-08-31 Age : 29 years.

Served in 199 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : Plot EE. Grave 108. at Eindhoven (Woensel) General Ce, Netherlands (Map)

More Details: SON OF ALEXANDER DUNCAN AND EUPHEMIA NICHOLSON FINLAYSON, OF YERONG CREEK, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA.

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Awards for Alexander Douglas FINLAYSON 408569

DateAwardRankName (Number)UnitRibbon
1943-06-04DFMSgtAlexander Douglas FINLAYSON (408569)199 Sqdn
One night in May, 1943, this airman was the rear gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack Dortmund. On the return flight, the aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter. Sergeant Finlayson coolly withheld his fire until the attacker came into close range and then, with a well directed burst, shot the enemy aircraft down. His skill and vigilance have been an inspiring example London Gazette No. 36041, Dated 1943-06-04

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date: 31 Aug 43 Aircraft: Stirling III EE917 Unit 199 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location , Limburg
DetailsTook off 0040 31 Aug 1943 from Lakenheath. Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed 0356 at Eind (Limburg) 6 km NE of Weert.
SourceHenk Welting's Database
Aircrew details
Recorded in CWGC
Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantRoyston Hazeldine George ELLIS (918424) Air Gunner Stirling EE917  IBCC 1943-08-31199 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsEindhoven (Woensel) General Ce
SergeantHarry Eli ELPHICK (1206613) Wireless Op Stirling EE917  IBCC 1943-08-31199 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsEindhoven (Woensel) General Ce
Warrant OfficerAlexander Douglas FINLAYSON (408569) Stirling EE917  IBCC 1943-08-31199 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsEindhoven (Woensel) General Ce
Flight SergeantFrank Ernest GEE (412129) Stirling EE917  IBCC 1943-08-31199 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsEindhoven (Woensel) General Ce
Flight SergeantAthol Asher HARLEM (408833) Stirling EE917  IBCC 1943-08-31199 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsEindhoven (Woensel) General Ce
Flight SergeantWilliam Bailes JULIAN (1079475) Navigator Stirling EE917  IBCC 1943-08-31199 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsEindhoven (Woensel) General Ce
Flight SergeantIan Nichol McLAREN (988491) Air Bomber Stirling EE917  IBCC 1943-08-31199 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsEindhoven (Woensel) General Ce
SergeantJohn Thomas SMITH (1603576) Flight Engi Stirling EE917  IBCC 1943-08-31199 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsEindhoven (Woensel) General Ce

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