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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. D N Francis


Douglas Norman Francis was born in 1919 and joined the RAFVR about April 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called to full-time service on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and was at 5 OTU Aston Down from 17th to 31st August 1940 to convert to Hurricanes.

Francis joined 3 Squadron at Wick in early September.

He flew two operational sorties with the squadron and was then posted away to join 257 Squadron at Martlesham Heath on 13th September. He flew an operational sortie with 257 Squadron on 16th September 1940, a patrol with no interceptions.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented though it is known that he survived the war and died on 7th January 1961 in Basingstoke, Hampshire.


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