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The Airmen's Stories - S/Ldr. D R Scott


Douglas Reginald Scott was born on 8th April 1908 in Sevenoaks and attended Wellington College from 1921 to 1925, going on to Jesus College, Cambridge.

In the thirties he was manager of the Experimental Department of Armstrong Siddeley and used to race at Brooklands. He was awarded Aero certificate 12995 at the Midland Aero Club on 27th July 1935.

In August 1935 Scott was commissioned in 605 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force at Castle Bromwich. It was then a light bomber squadron but on 1st January 1939 it became a fighter unit. Called to full-time service on 24th August 1939, Scott was a Flight Commander. He was seriously ill in March 1940 but had recovered by early July.



On 28th August 1940 Scott was posted to Church Fenton, to form and command 306 Squadron and he led it until December. It is not known where he went after this but for his services at this time Scott was awarded the AFC (gazetted 15th January 1943) the award to take effect from 9th October 1941.

In early October 1941 Scott was appointed Wing Leader at Kirton-in-Lindsey. He was killed leading 61 Squadron on a wing patrol of the Dunkirk area on 8th November. He was shot down in Spitfire P8701 by FW190s, the first time they had ever been seen by 616's pilots.

Scott is buried in Dunkirk Town Cemetery.






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