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    Default W/Cdr Donald Henry Lee (RAF no. 33140) - OC of 620 Squadron

    Hello,
    I have been looking for details of service of W/Cdr Donald Henry Lee (33140) in RAF during WWII - the OC of 620 Squadron.
    He was shot down over Arnhem on 23 Sept. 1944 and taken PoW.

    Any information or a photograph would be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: W/Cdr Donald Henry Lee (RAF no. 33140) - OC of 620 Squadron

    Hello,

    You will find a photograph of Wing Commander Donald Lee DFC., in the following publication:

    Stirlings in Action with the Airborne Forces Air Support for SAS and Resistance Operations during WWII.
    Williams,Dennis.
    Barnsley:Pen & Sword Aviation,2008.
    p.69 (see aslo pp.3, 15-16, 69., 73, 87, 131, 166, 180-1 (photo & description of W/C Lee's 620 Sqn Stirling LJ873, shot down and burning in a Dutch field), 198

    The photo caption (p.69), reads: This photograph of the Commanding Officer of 620 Squadron, with his two Flight Commanders, was taken outside a public house on their way back to Fairford after the D-Day landings at Netheravon. Left to right: Squadron Leader 'Bertie' Wallace DFC ('B' Flight), Wing Commander Donald Lee DFC (CO) and Squadron leader 'Bill' Pettit OBE DFC RCAF ('A' Flight). (Source: Mrs R Lee via 190 & 620 Sqns Archive).

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    Default Re: W/Cdr Donald Henry Lee (RAF no. 33140) - OC of 620 Squadron

    LEE, Donald Henry, W/C, DFC (33140, Royal Air Force) - No.620 Squadron - Public Record Office Air 2/9642 has recommendation for a Dutch award. This was not granted, but the text is transcribed for the historical record.

    This officer has participated in numerous sorties dropping paratroops and supplies in the Low Countries. He flew on four missions during the Arnhem operations. During the last of these sorties Wing Commander Lee’s aircraft was set on fire by enemy action but he succeeded in effecting a masterly landing with the undercarriage retracted. This officer has displayed outstanding leadership, skill and courage.

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