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Douthwaite, Basil

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rank: Flt Lt
status:
airforce: RAF
born: 1914-04-12 Stocksfield United Kingdom

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Basil Douthwaite joined the RAF as a direct-entry Airman u/t Pilot about June 1936. Posted to 72 Squadron 15 October 1939. He was with 72 Squadron as a Sergeant-Pilot in May 1940. Over Dunkirk on 2nd June he shot down a Ju87 of II./StG2 which force-landed near St. Quentin.

He claimed a Me109 destroyed on 1st September.

Douthwaite was wounded over Gravesend on the 11th but managed to bring his Spitfire R6710 back to Croydon but it was a write-off.

Commissioned in September 1940, Douthwaite shared a He111 on 9th November. His subsequent service is currently unknown but he survived the war and was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

Ref
Battle of Britain Monument London
Men of The Battle of Britain: A Biographical Dictionary of The Few

Squadrons:

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AirforceSqdrnDate
RAF 72 Squadron 1939-10-15

Aircraft:

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SerialNoteDate
R6710 1940-09-11

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