Adair, David Kenneth

Personal Information

Rank F/O
Forename(s) David Kenneth
Surname Adair
Gender M
Age 26
Date of Death 17-06-1944
Next of Kin Son of David Niven Adair and Mildred Adair (née Catt)of Winnipeg. David was originally from Old Kilpatrick, Dunbarton, Scotland and Mildred from Fulham, London. Married 12 December 1916

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Avro Lancaster III
Serial Number LM474
Markings SR-N2

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Netherlands
Burial/Memorial Place Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery
Grave Reference XVII. A. 9.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 1
Panel Number 1

Enlistment Information

Service Number J/29705
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 1
Squadron 101
Trade Air Bomber
Country of Origin Canada

Other Memorials

Location Adair Lake, Manitoba; 10km SE of Munroe Lake
Country Canada
Memorial Type Lake
Memorial Text
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Location St. Mary & St. Peter's Church, Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Sqn Standard & Roll of Honour in wooden bookcase
Memorial Text In memory of 101 Squadron 1943-45 based at RAF Ludford Magna
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Location Village Centre, Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Stone Pillar & Brass plaque on adjacent bench
Memorial Text In memory of 101 Squadron 1943-45 based at RAF Ludford Magna
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Location The White Hart PH, Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Metal on external wall of PH
Memorial Text In memory of the men and women of 101 Squadron 1943-45
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Location The National Aboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Stone Monument
Memorial Text This memorial is dedicated to all those who served on 101 Squadron, and honours those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We will remember you.
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Location Bawtry Hall, Bawtry, South Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Marble Tablet
Memorial Text In memory of those who did not return 1939 - 1945
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Miscellaneous Information

Born 2 May 1918 in Streatham Hill, Wandsworth, London. He had one brother Alan and two sisters Mildred and Marjorie. He worked for Canadian Pacific Railway Local Freight in Winnipeg while he was at college between 1939 and 1942, as a Trucker and spare checker. He also studied Arts at the University of Manitoba between 1940 and 1942. The same document also incorrectly listed this aircraft as LM471 on this, its last sortie.The sports which David enjoyed were cricket, soccer, tennis, basketball and baseball.
David enlisted on 3 May 1941, embarking for the UK on 13 September 1943. On arrival he went through 3 PRC, 1(0) AFU, 20 OTU, 11 Base and onwards to 101 Squadron on 8 June 1944. Just a few days later on 17 June 1944, David was to lose his life.
Most sources list this aircraft as having callsign SR-X2 but this is incorrect and appears to stem from a damaged capital N hammer on the typewriter used to type the Operations Record Book (AIR 27/803/12), which tended to make it appear as an X.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 16-06-1944
End Date 17-06-1944
Takeoff Station Ludford Magna
Day/Night Raid Night (16% moon)
Operation Sterkrade
Reason for Loss Caught at 20,000 feet by a night fighter and shot down, crashing near Volkel in Holland

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