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The Airmen's Stories - P/O D A P Warren


Douglas Albert Palmer Warren was born on 27th August 1916 in Leytonstone, the son of Albert Warren and Fannie Mabel Alden Warren (nee Smith).

Warren attended Whitgift School and went on to join Westminster Bank in 1935, working at the Shaftesbury Avenue branch in London while living in Cheam, Surrey.

Warren joined the RAFVR in February 1939 as an Airman u/t Observer.

Called up on 1st September, he completed his training at 5 BGS, Jurby and joined 248 squadron on 30th March 1940. He was posted away for a course at 1 (C) OTU Silloth but returned to the squadron on 26th June 1940.



He married Mary Genevive Deere in January 1941.

Warren was killed on 9th February 1941. Bristol Blenheim IV Z5956 WR-W took off at from Dyce to seek the German cruiser ‘Admiral Scheer’ along the Norwegian coast. Approaching Kristiansand they encountered low cloud and flew into the ground at Holum. The aircraft exploded and all three crew were killed and are buried in Mandal churchyard. The other crew members were S/Ldr. JJE Coats and
Sgt. A Douglas.



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In 2006 a plaque was unveiled at Whitgift School, Croydon, bearing the names of the eight 'old boys' who had served in the Battle of Britain.



Above: he was commemorated by a plaque in the bank's Shaftesbury Avenue branch, when this closed the plaque was moved to the Swiss Cottage branch.


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