Staff Sergeant David F Kerr DFM

22 Sep 1944

  • Distinguished Flying Medal

David Fisher Kerr DFM was the son of David and Georgina Kerr and the husband of Doreen Kerr, of Lancashire. He enlisted in the East Lancashire Regiment, and volunteered for airborne forces.

Staff/Sergeant Kerr successfully completed Glider Pilot training and was posted to B Squadron, 4th Flight, The Glider Pilot Regiment, and took part in Operation Overlord (Normandy) and Market Garden (Arnhem). He was awarded the D.F.M. for his gallant and courageous conduct under impossible conditions in landing his glider within 50 yards of the Merville Battery on 6th June 1944.

S/Sgt Kerr died of wounds in the RAP (Regimental Aid Post) at the Ter Horst house on 22 September 1944, aged 24. He is commemorated on the Groesbeek Memorial to the Missing.

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By Rod Gibson

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