Battle of Britain London Monument – P/O D S Kinder

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Douglas Steele Kinder joined the RAF on a short service commission in July 1939. Kinder completed his training and joined 103 Squadron, operating Fairey Battles. He may have served in France in early 1940.

Kinder volunteered to transfer to Fighter Command in August 1940 and he was posted to 615 Squadron at Prestwick on 9th September, moving to 73 Squadron at Castle Camps on the 15th.

He crashed near Lightship 93 after an attack by Me109’s on 23rd September in Hurricane P3226. He was rescued from the Thames Estuary and admitted to the Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham, with severe burns.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented but he must have returned to Bomber Command as on 7th December 1943 he was awarded the DFC as a Flight Lieutenant with 166 Squadron, operating in Lancasters from Kirmington, Lincolnshire.

Kinder was released from the RAF in 1947 as a Flight Lieutenant.

He died in October 1993.

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