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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. D H Proudman


Douglas Harry Proudman, of Devizes, Wiltshire was born in 1920, the son of Walter and Elsie Proudman.

After leaving school was employed at Westinghouse Engineering works in Chippenham.

He joined 248 Squadron in mid-July 1940 as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


Above L to R: F/Lt. REG Morewood, P/O WC Hall, Proudman.

Above image courtesy of Judith Lockey, niece of F/O WC Hall of 248 Squadron.


He died from injuries sustained whilst flying in Beaufort I, L4459 of No 3 (C) OTU, which crashed in a forced landing at Luscott Farm near Ash Barton in Devon on 25th April 1941, he was treated in North Devon Infirmary, Barnstaple but died on the 27th from a fractured skull.

Sgt. WA Hughes-Hughes, Sgt. HR Stillman and Sgt. MD Young survived with injuries.

Proudman is buried in Devizes Cemetery.




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