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Name: Charles Douglas Dunn Rank: Flight Sergeant Service No: R/65409 Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force Unit Text: 408 Squadron Date of Birth: June 17, 1916 Place of Birth: Halifax, NS Date of Enlistment: June 1, 1940 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, NS Address At Enlistment: Yarmouth, NS Age at Enlistment: 24 Height: 5 feet, 8 inches Weight: 143 lbs Complexion: Medium Eyes Color: Brown Hair Color: Medium Brown Trade: Newspaper Reporter Marital Status: Single Religion: Methodist Next of Kin: Charles Prescott Dunn (Father) Yarmouth, NS Date of Death: March 27, 1942 Age: 24 Memorial: Runnymede Memorial (Surrey, England) Memorial Reference: Panel 103. The 37th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial (Douglas C. on the Yarmouth War Memorial) Commemorated on page 71 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on February 17 Charles was the son of Charles Prescott Dunn (1885-1965) and Bertha Barbara Dunn (1887-1977), of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Charles was the brother of Burgess Prescott Dunn (1907-1965). Charles attended Milton School, Yarmouth, between 1922 and 1930 and the Yarmouth Academy between 1930 and 1934 completing Grade 12. In 1936 and 1937 he completed study in fiction writing. Charles was employed at the Herald-Telegram, Yarmouth as a proofreader and reporter between February 1935 and September 1936. After a study period in 1937 he worked at Cosman’s Man’s Shop, Yarmouth from June 1937 until he was employed by the Yarmouth Light as a sports writer in November of 1937. In February 1938 he was employed by Lawson Publishing Co., Ltd., Yarmouth as a reporter and advertising salesman until his enlistment. He enjoyed drawing, sketching and cartooning as a hobby. At enlistment he served in Halifax, Brandon, Manitoba, and Regina, Saskatchewan. He embarked for England in August of 1941 and assigned to RAF #16 Operational Training Unit in September, 1941. He transferred to 408 RCAF Squadron on December 26, 1941. On the night of March 27, 1942, Charles, acting as navigator, was one of four crew member of an operational flight that failed to return to base RAF Balderton. The aircraft was shot down by a night fighter Into the North Sea, north of Terschelling, one of the West Frisian Islands off northern Netherlands, during a mine laying sortie in the Yams Sector of the Weser Estuary. The Weser is the second-largest river in Germany discharging into the North Sea. The crew consisted of: Brown, Clifford Flight Sergeant 1356420 RAFVR Brown, William Beaumont Flight Lieutenant J/5227 RCAF Dunn, Charles Douglas Flight Sergeant R/65409 RCAF Howell, Robert Frederick Flight Sergeant 944090 RAFVR The names of the crew are listed on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey, England.
Charles Douglas Dunn
The Spirit of Wings He did not seek the acclaim of his fellows, this unassuming and gallant young gentleman who has winged into the Western sunset He did not reason why. These boys of Canada have been called brave and smiling. They are both. But we have known them to be youths of sweet tender courage, living up to tradition that has ever possessed their souls, and now come to its full measure, winging its path of freedom across the skies. And now we do not mourn, but rather do we rejoice for the life he lived here among us from day to day. He was one of us, his manly courage, his example of bravery and sacrifice, his fortitude will ever remain an inspiration to those he has left. His deems may not be graven on tablets of bronze or marble, but will forever be inscribed in the hearts of his friends. The staff of this newspaper will join with other Yarmouth citizens today in saying to the family of Douglas Dunn “Be strong and of good heart. He was a great and gallant lad. The flight into the setting sun was the triumph of his youth and his spirit remains in the earth.” June 1942
Memorialised in the Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery
Runnymede Memorial (Surrey, England)