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    Default P/O Douglas McDonald Steven (63834)

    I'm seeking details of this pilots service history or any photos of him where possible. He was killed whilst flying Spitfire P8045 of 74 sqn on 02.08.41.

    Many thanks,

    Jim Corbett
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    Jim ,while at 74 Sqd this pilot was invovled in an earlier Prang before his fatal flight in P8045 City Of Worcester

    Details are 22/7/42 ,Spitfire IIb, P8691, 74 Sqd, Acklington ,12.30 Hrs.Cat C , Training flt, Landed x-wind with drift

    u/c collapsed ,A/C ROS.

    bw phill jones

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    Jim, From the LG:
    Air Ministry.
    9th May, 1941
    ROYAL AIR FORCE RESERVE.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted commissions for the duration of hostilities as Pilot Officers on probation: ó
    Leading Aircraftmen.
    17th Apr. 1941.
    995201 Douglas Mcdonald STEVEN (63834).
    Regards, Terry

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    Many thanks Phil & Terry.

    All of this adds a little to the story.

    Much appreciated

    Jim
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    Hello Jim,

    My take of P/O Steven's demise.

    Ian

    Following weather tests, practise flying was cleared for the afternoon of the 2nd and lead to a tragic event. Sgt Philip Dales (P7551) together with two other experience pilots, Sgt Ron York and Sgt Ingle, each paired with one of the new Officer pilots to perform a formation exercise at 15:00. P/O Douglas Steven was Philipís wingman as the formation slowly clawed its way in a climbing turn to 25,000ft. At altitude P/O Steven in P8045 began to fly erratically, then slipped out of formation. Frantic calls over the r/t were to no avail and the Spitfire entered a spin, which continued until impacting the ground some 16 miles SW of Acklington, near Wallington Hall, Cambo; an 18th century house of the Trevelyan family. The luckless pilot was killed instantly, having deemed to lapse into unconsciousness due to oxygen failure. P/O Stevenís body was recovered and returned to his native Scotland for Burial in Edinburgh.

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    Hi Ian,

    Many thanks for your account of the crash, much appreciated. I can add a little more if you want to email me at:

    jimDOTcorbettATaciaDOTcoDOTuk

    Many thanks,

    Jim
    Jim Corbett

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