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Mitchell, Douglas Seldon (Engels)

  • Born 17-03-1922 in Nova Scotia.
  • Deceased 13-05-1943 in Rossum – 21 years.
  • Parents Sterling Seldon and Bessie Anne Mitchell nee Pineo from Waverly, Halifax Co, Nova Scotia, Canada.

106e Squadron – Royal Canadian Air Force. Warrant Officer Class II (airgunner) – Service nr. R/88029

Doug grew up at their farm at Waverly. Is was a big, merged family with a lot of children from his mothers side and his fathers side.

In January 1941 he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He completed his training at the number 1 Wireless School in Montreal and later on in Picton, Ontario and Dafoe, Saskatchewan. In March 1942 he left for England.

Douglas took part on the Lorient Attack at the start of 1943. One of the heaviest bombings (over 1000 ton of bombs) on the most important Nazi U-Boat base in Lorient on the coast of France. From March 1943 he was part of the 106e squadron at Syerston.

His brother Vernon also served with the RCAF, he survived the war.

The family came to visit his grave at last in September 2015.

Buried: R.K. Begraafplaats in Rossum.

Remembered at the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, Alberta.

Awarded with the War Medal, the 1939-1945 Star and the Europe Star. 

Text on grave: ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’

Rossum Bomber Command Wall