Douglas Weatherill joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer
Reserve in 1942 and following his training he was posted for operational flying as a Mid Upper Gunner to 158 Squadron which flew with Halifaxes. The squadron was partially engaged for operations with Coastal Command and Weatherill flew in his first Anti-Sub
Patrol in November 1942.
Subsequently the squadron was relocated and resumed operations with Bomber Command. Weatherill flew to Mannheim on December 6,1942.
Weatherill went on to fly another 27 operational sorties with the Squadron, including: Lorient (4), Turin, Essen (2), Nuremburg, Stuttgart (2).
On the return flight from a mision to Coubronne, in Lancaster III
ND734 TL-H, piloted by Squadron Leader Ingram DFC to mark a V1 site, the crew was shot down from 11,000 feet by a night-fighter in the vicinity of Dunkerque; both the pilot and Weatherill where killed, whilst the remaining 6 members of the crew were taken POW;
Flying Officer Weatherill was 22 years old.
30 June, 1943: Pilot Officer (probation/emergency)
30 December, 1943: Flying Officer (probation/war sub)
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