The Airmen's Stories - F/Lt. I D G Donald
Ian David Grahame Donald was born on 3rd September 1917, his father was Air Marshal Sir DG Donald. He was at Dulwich College from 1931 to 1935 and entered RAF College Cranwell in January 1936 as an Honorary King's Cadet.
After graduation, Donald joined 64 Squadron at Church Fenton on
18th December 1937. During the 1938 Air Exercises he was pilot of one of a formation of 64 Squadron Hawker Demons that were caught in a dense fog which descended suddenly over a wide area of England on 7th August. They were routed over Digby and then all pilots and air gunners were ordered to bale out.
Donald joined 141 Squadron when it was reformed at Turnhouse with Defiants on 4th October 1939. On 29th November he was promoted to Acting Flight Lieutenant and appointed a Flight Commander.
On 12th July 1940 the squadron moved south to West Malling. Donald was flying one of nine Defiants attacked by Me109s of III/JG51 off Dover on the 19th. He was killed in the aircraft while his gunner, P/O AC Hamilton, baled out but was drowned in the sea. Their aircraft, L7009, crashed at Elmsvale Road, Dover.
Donald is buried in All Saints' churchyard, Tilford, Surrey.