Battle of Britain London Monument – P.O. (FAA) R E Dubber

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Ronald Edwin Dubber was serving with 808 Squadron as a Petty Officer at Castletown, Caithness in early July 1940, flying Fulmars in defence of the Scapa Flow naval base. The squadron embarked on HMS Ark Royal on 22nd October 1940 and was in action in the Mediterranean throughout 1941.

On 30th June 1941 Ark Royal  prepared to fly off twenty six Hurricanes to Malta with HMS Furious flying off a further eight.

One of the aircraft crashed into the bridge structure and started a fire on the flight deck.Two officers and one rating were killed. One other officer and two ratings died of injuries later that day. Two officers and four ratings later died from their injuries. Ten ratings were seriously injured. This accident prevented the last six aircraft from being flown off.

A signal sent on 3rd July recorded Dubber as ‘seriously ill with severe burns‘ and suggested that his mother in Dunfermline be contacted. However by 13th July he was recorded as ‘improving’.

Dubber was commissioned in January 1943 and stayed in the FAA postwar.

On 10th September 1951 Dubber was serving with 807 Squadron aboard the carrier HMS Ocean in the Mediterranean. On landing his Sea Fury the starboard undercarriage leg collapsed and the aircraft skidded across the deck, went over the side and sank.

Dubber’s body was not recovered.


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