Flt-Lt Douglas Pollard DFC

Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by Owen, Apr 29, 2018.

  1. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Just read this extract from this book.
    Abbey House & Gardens Malmesbury by Mark Child page 107.

    Ian Pollard was born in 1945 , some fifteen months after his parents' marriage. At the time of Ian's birth , his father , a wartime air reconnaissance pilot , was already dead at just twenty-three years old. Ian's mother always regarded her husband as a pacifist because the aeroplanes he flew were loaded with films rather than bombs. It was , Ian thought, a hypocritical point of view, since the purpose of his photographs was to enable others to come along afterwards and drop thousands of tons of bombs on the areas he had pictured. Ian spent his early years at his grandparents' council house in Cambridge.

    I've looked on CWGC and only chap from a PRU Sqn , aged 23 with link to Cambridge, I can find is Douglas Pollard.

    Flight Lieutenant (Pilot)POLLARD, DOUGLAS
    Service Number 150050
    Died 01/01/1945
    Aged 23
    541 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    D F C
    Son of Frederick William and Nellie Pollard; husband of Peggy Pollard, of Cambridge.

    Cemetery/memorial reference: 10A. O. 1.

    Anyone has any more info on his loss?
  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    looks like lost whilst on photo recon

    No 541 Squadron was formed at RAF Benson on 19 October 1942 from B and F Flights of the Photographic Reconnaissance Unit. The unit’s aircraft carried out missions over Europe until the end of the war. The unit disbanded on 30 September 1946.

    Spitfire IV/V/IX/XI/XIX 1942 – 1946
    Mustang III 1944 – 1945
    No.541 Squadron | Squadrons | Research | National Cold War Exhibition

    Sqn Histories 541-598
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  3. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Last edited: Apr 29, 2018
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  4. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Did you spot that your link to Squadron history includes Squadron photo with Douglas Pollard in front row?
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  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    no mate i did a brief glance at the names but missed it
  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Cheers chaps. I came up with very little, none of what you did so Thank You.

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