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Douglas Roger Parker Rank: Flying Officer   Force: Royal Canadian Air Force     407 Squadron Service Number: J/17433 Date of Birth: May 2, 1920   Place of Birth: Yarmouth, NS Date of Enlistment: October 14, 1940 Place of Enlistment: Montreal, Quebec Address At Enlistment: 5619 Wellington St, Apt No. 4, Verdun,   Quebec   Age at Enlistment: 20 Height: 5 feet, 8 inches  Weight: 133 lbs. Complexion: Medium Eyes: Blue Hair: Light Brown Previous Military: Black Watch (Acting Corporal- Non- Permanent Force (July - October 1940) Trade: Junior Clerk, Auditor of Payrolls Canadian Pacific Railway    Martial Status: Single Religion: United   Next of Kin: Mr. J. P. Parker (Father) Verdun, Quebec     Douglas, born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, was the only son of  P. S. J. Parker and Kathleen Pearl Parker. The family moved to Verdun Quebec when Douglas was seven years of age.  He attended high school in Verdun, graduating in 1937.  He entered employment with the Canadian Pacific Railways as an Office Boy on July 2, 1937 and was promoted to Junior Clerk in June 6, 1940 within the Auditor of Payrolls Department at Montreal. He enlisted at Montreal on October 14, 1940 and trained in Canada as a wireless air gunner.  He arrived in England in September 1941 where he continued training, initially at No.1 Signal School before transfer to No. 1C Operational Training Unit on December 9, 1941.  He transferred to 407 Squadron on March 3, 1942.  The Squadron was engaged mainly in shipping strikes, and from January 1943 anti-submarine activity. On September 26, 1943 an aircraft (Wellington MP539) of the Squadron was lost during air operation.  On September 26, Douglas was the Wireless Operator/Air Gunner on an operational flight searching for the missing plane.  His  aircraft (Wellington HF124) also failed to return to its base after sea patrol.  The crew were listed as missing and presumed dead.     Date of Death: September 27, 1943   Age At Death: 23   Memorial: Runnymede Memorial, Surrey United Kingdom   Memorial Reference: Panel 174   Commemorated on Page 201 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 24 (Not listed on the Yarmouth War Memorial) Sources and Information:   Commonwealth War Graves Commission Veterans Affairs Canada    
Douglas Roger Parker