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The Airmen's Stories - P/O D B Ogilvie


Donald Bruce Ogilvie was born on 22nd September 1920 in Runcorn, Cheshire and joined the RAFVR about July 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 7 EFTS and 10 FTS Tern Hill, was commissioned and arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 17th August 1940.

After converting to Hurricanes he joined 601 Squadron at Debden on 31st August. Landing after a training flight on 24th September, he overshot the runway and overturned. He was slightly injured and admitted to hospital.




In May 1941 Ogilvie was appointed a Flight Commander. He was posted away in October to the Fighter Leaders School as an instructor. In January 1942 he went to the Westland Aircraft Company as Liaison Test Pilot on Whirlwinds. He then joined 137 Squadron, operating in these aircraft from Matlask. Ogilvie was posted to No. 1 (Fighter) Group (USAAF) in May 1942 as Liaison Officer, moving later to 82 (Fighter) Group. He returned to operations with Whirlwinds when he joined 263 Squadron at Warmwell in October.

In February 1943 Ogilvie went to No. 1 Specialised Low Attack Instructor's School at Berwick. While there he married Jean Lane in Devon.

In April he took a Close Support Unit to the Middle East and joined 6 Squadron in the Close Support (Anti-Tank) Group at Derna.

Ogilvie was posted to HQ Eastern Mediterranean in July 1943 as Squadron Leader Ops and Air Support Officer for SAS operations. He was Senior Air Officer in the invasion of the Dodecanese Islands in November 1943 and was captured in the German counter-attack.

After being held in Athens Ogilvie was transferred to Germany and was in various PoW camps, the last being Vogelgesand, from where he was released by the Russians.

Ogilvie returned to England in May 1945 and was invalided out of the RAF in July. He received two Mentions in Despatches and was awarded the US Silver Star and the Air Medal with Oak Leaves.

He died on 19th January 1993 in Tunbridge Wells.


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