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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. D N Rains


Douglas Norman Rains was born in Great Ouseburn, Yorkshire in 1919. His father was shown in the 1911 census as a salesman of cotton goods.

Rains was educated at Stockport Grammar School. He joined the RAF on 2nd May 1939 as an Aircrafthand. He later remustered as an Airman u/t WOp/AG and, with training completed, he joined 248 Squadron at Sumburgh on 18th August 1940.

He was killed on 12th August 1942, as a Flight Sergeant aged 22.

Wellington VIII T2919 of 7 (Coastal) OTU struck Coal Hill, Londonderry when lost in cloud on a navigation exercise.

Sgt. SJ Huckelsby and Sgt. HL Baker were also killed.

Rains is buried in St George's churchyard, Poynton. When his father (described as a company director) was granted probate on 28th January 1943, the address given for DN Rains was Southfield, London Road, Poynton.




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