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    Default F/L Douglas 416 Sqn

    Hi,

    what caused the death of the following airman:

    DOUGLAS, Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) WALTER NORMAN, J/2933, 416 Sqdn., Royal Canadian Air Force. 14 May 1945. Age 24. Son of Roy and Lillian Douglas; husband of Ruth Douglas, of Comox, British Columbia, Canada. Grave Ref. 12. A. 11.

    Many thanks for your help!

    regards

    Steve

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    G'day Steve

    According to "They Shall Not Grow Old', your man was accidentally shot at the airfield at Reinshclen, Germany.

    I wonder if it was an accidental discharge (by himself or someone else) or was he mistaken for the enemy by someone with an itchy trigger finger and poor eyesght.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Probably the former Chris as Germany had surrendered the week before.

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    Hi Amrit

    I knew that, but I was told a long time ago that there were still pockets of soldiers who had not surrendered running around raising hell.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Hi Chris, hi Amrit,

    the weeks after germany had surrendered were very problematic. There was no government, no police and no justice. The allied forces were very busy to get in control. I could tell a lot about incidents of germans or former prisoners being shot or shooting someone else around my hometown. In Germany it was called the "Polenzeit". This word is misleading as there were cruelties on every side.

    Many thanks for your opinions and contributions. It helped me a lot!

    kind regards

    Steve

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