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William Douglas Taylor

Military

Joined RAF, assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF. Whilst piloting Spitfire BM305, hit by ground fire on Rhubarb mission and abandoned 20 miles off Blankenberg 31-8-42. Killed in action (KIA).

Service

Units served with

  • Royal Air Force

    Royal Air Force


    Formed on 1 April 1918, The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the UK's aerial warfare force. The RAF has undertaken support, combat and reconnaissance roles in conflict since 1918, and continues to do so today.

  • No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...

Aircraft

  • EN915

    Spitfire
    Spitfire Mk Vb EN915 was built at the Vickers-Armstrong aircraft factory, Castle Bromwich, and delivered to the RAF at 37 Maintenance Unit, Burtonwood, on 17 May 1942. It was issued to 154 Squadron at Hornchurch on 12 June 1942. During its time with...

  • BM305

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BM305 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

Associated Place

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Killed in action 20 miles off Blankenberg, Belgium 31 August 1942

Whilst piloting Spitfire BM305, hit by ground fire on Rhubarb mission and abandoned 20 miles off Blankenberg 31-8-42. Killed in action.

Buried Runnymede Memorial, Egham, UK 1946

Runnymede Memorial, United Kingdom.
Panel 72

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2021 10:11:39 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3727
https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/1808570...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15264603/william-douglas-taylor

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2021 19:48:48 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added an association to the RAF, the parent group of the 71 'Eagle' Squadron.

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2021 12:06:42 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15264603/william-douglas-taylor

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2017 16:24:14 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3727
http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1808570/TAYLOR,%20WILLIAM%20D...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Taylor&GSfn=Willia...
EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.;
- Combat Chronology;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 23:21:45 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=52582
EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3727
http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1808570/TAYLOR,%20WILLIAM%20D...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Taylor&GSfn=Willia...

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2015 16:54:54 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=52582

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