Personnel Index - Detail

Name
FALCONER
First Names
Donald Buchan
Rank
Wing Commander
Service
RAF
Service Number
87052
Crew Position
Pilot
Posting Details
Posted in 4/41 and out 9/41

 

Awarded the DFC and AFC.

Flew 20 operations with 49Sqn.

On the 25th June 1941 P/O Falconer was involved in a very serious Hampden accident whilst landing at RAF Scampton.

Futher details:
P/O Falconer (X3060) and crew were prevented from placing their mines due to thunder and lightning storms west of Terschelling; they returned with their vegetables. One account shows that this aircraft overshot whilst landing back at Scampton at 04.30hrs. It went through a hedge and cartwheeled into a field.
 



Sgt J H Knowling who was also in the crew lost his life in another accident whilst flying with S/L Falconer in May 1942 where S/L Falconer was the only survivor.
 



W/C Falconer was killed on 30th December 1944 whilst flying with 156Sqn.

He is buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.
 



Photographed by Dom Howard.
 


 

Extract is from Bill Chorley's Bomber Command Losses