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.