Ivers, Donald Arthur

Personal Information

Rank Sgt
Forename(s) Donald Arthur
Surname Ivers
Gender M
Age 27
Date of Death 01-10-1942
Next of Kin Son of John Henry and Yvonne Ivers (née Boulay), of Waterville, Maine, USA. Husband of Sally Rebecca Ivers (née Platt), of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They married in Montreal on 26 September 1936. Father of Dawne Maureen (born 11 March 1939, Cambridge) and David Scott Ivers (born 19 August 1940 in Boston).

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Handley Page Halifax II
Serial Number DT520
Markings ZA-J

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Denmark
Burial/Memorial Place Odense (Assistens) Cemetery
Grave Reference Grave BD. 377.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 187

Enlistment Information

Service Number R/123215
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 4
Squadron 10
Trade Air Gunner
Country of Origin United States of America

Other Memorials

Location Melbourne, East Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Brick Memorial Stone & Plaque
Memorial Text No 10 Squadron, 4 Group Bomber Command, WWII 1939-1945. This memorial was erected at the entrance to the former RAF Station Melbourne by ex Members and Friends of the Squadron to honour the memory of all personnel who died in the service of their Country
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Location Melbourne Airfield, East Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Runway Light in Concrete Base
Memorial Text Let this landing light be a memorial to all those 1,000 aircrew and 120 aircraft that left this very point never to return so that we may return again and again in freedom to enjoy York Motor Sport Park
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Location Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Memorial Gardens, Propeller, Inscribed Marble Tablets
Memorial Text In everlasting homage to the courage of those who have found their winged victory through the skies of Yorkshire
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Location Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Propeller Unit & Inscribed Marble Tablets
Memorial Text They made the supreme sacrifice so that you & I may go in peace with freedom. 4 Group 1939 - 1945.
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Location Heslington Hall, York, North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Metal Plaque
Memorial Text Heslington Hall 1941 - 1945, 4 Gp Headquarters Bomber Command. In remembrance of those Air & Ground personnel who made the supreme sacrifice that we all may walk in peace with freedom
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Miscellaneous Information

One of four 10 Squadron Halifaxes lost on this raid
Donald was born on 8 July 1915 at Waterville, Maine, USA. His father was a bricklayer, born in Portland, Maine, and his mother was born in Berlin, New Hampshire. He had two elder brothers, one a Radio Technician and the other a truck driver. He attended Ellis School 1921-1928 (General) followed by Rinoce Tech 1928-1932 (mechanical). His sport interests were baseball and motorcycle racing, the latter being his main interest. He also enjoyed bowling for leisure. Donald went to work for Motorcycles Inc. as a mechanic and Race driver, 1934-1938; as a mechanic for Hugh Auto Repair 1938-1940 and finally as a transport truck driver for C.J. Rogers, Detroit 1940-1941.
Donald enlisted on 5 August 1941 (while the United States was still neutral) and after training embarked from Canada arriving in the U.K. at 3PRC on 12 May 1942. He then went to 7 AGS 20 June 1942, No.10 Flt. 14 July 1942 and 10 Squadron on 9 August 1942. Sadly Donald lost his life on 1 October 1942.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 01-10-1942
End Date 02-10-1942
Takeoff Station Melbourne
Day/Night Raid Night (54% moon)
Operation Flensburg. 27 Halifax sorties, 12 lost (44.4%). Good bombing results but at a high cost to 4 Group
Reason for Loss Crashed just off the Danish coast

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