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    Default J/26406 - Flying Officer - Pilot - Ronald William Doidge - RCAF

    L.S.,

    More known about this RCAF Airmen. Like Province, town, age, etc........

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    Typhoon IB - PD469 - F/O - R. W. Doidge - 08:30 - Nijverdal
    440 Squadron - 20th Oct 1944 -
    1 KIA
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    Typhoon IB - PD469 with F/O - R. W. Doidge did crash near railroad bridge over Regge

    J/26406 - Flying Officer - Pilot - Ronald William Doidge - RCAF - Age .. - KIA - 20/10/1944
    - of Canada - Joint Grave 15 - Hellendoorn General Cemetery - CWGC ref. 2820507
    PATS - Vollenhove - The Netherlands

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    From 'They Shall Grow Not Old' (Allison):
    Age 20 from La Salle, Ontario. (J/26406 - NCO R/164071).

    Henk.

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    Default R W Doidge

    Hello PATS?

    Pop his name into the Democracy at War newspaper archives at
    www.museedelaguerre.ca


    Hamilton Spectator, 1944/06/13

    An R.A .F . Fighter Station in England, June -13.-(CP Cable)
    F./O. R, W. Doidge, a Canadian 'Typhoon pilot from La Saale Ont., has returned to his squadron after a series of events over Normandy that included bailing out over the Allied beachhead with part of his parachute ripped away and his "capture" by Canadian forces.
    The Canadians mistook the 21-year-old Doidge for a German because of his close-cropped . hair, the German helmet he carried as a souvenir and the "Hell Hitler" he shouted . Only after lengthy quest1oningwas his status determined and he returned to England in a
    tank landing craft.
    Doidge was shot down last Wedinesday by a tank he was strafing . When he bailed out of his flak riddled aircraft the parachute wrapped around the aircraft's tail because he pulled the rip-cord to soon, but he drifted to earth safely.
    Freeing himself of the parachute on landing, he started toward the coast, swinging a German helmet he picked up. When a column of Canadians swung by he laughingly
    called out "Hell Hitler" and the !Canadians "captured" him.


    Globe and Mail, 1944/11/04
    DOIDGE, Ronald William, FO. W. H. Doidge (father), La Salle, Ont
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Henk and Dennis,

    Thanks for this info.

    Will update my "Hellendoorn Cemetery" section.
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    The incident 7-6-1944 S of Caen (08.15 hrs) was on Typhoon MN247 (I8-D). Returned to unit 10-6-1944.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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