Signalman Douglas Ian Davis

06 Jun 1944

  • France and Germany Star medal

Signalman Douglas Ian Davis, son of John and Cecilia Florence Davis, of Barnes, Surrey, served with K Section, Signal Platoon, 5th Parachute Brigade HQ and 6th Airborne Divisional Signals, Royal Corps of Signals.

Leaving the UK from RAF Brize Norton, he took part in the glider insertion to Normandy during Op Overlord onboard a Horsa carrying a 13th Parachute Battalion jeep and trailer, motorcycle and five soldiers.

The glider, flown by S/Sgt Colin Hopgood with Sgt Daniel Phillips (Horsa CN35, Glider 133 - towed by an Albermarle Mk No. 1823 from 297 Squadron RAF), crash landed at Saint Vaast En Auge on the 6th June 1944. The glider should have landed at Ranville (12 miles S/E), but the tow rope broke when the plane reached the French coast, probably due to the anti-aircraft Flak. The glider crashed into trees, killing the two pilots.

Three passengers, Cpt Daisley, Pte Aldred (his batman) and Sigmn Davis (a despatch rider) died in the crash. The remaining two Airborne soldiers were later found sheltering in a washhouse near the crash site. They were fed by a villager for two days, before being captured trying to escape to Allied lines.

Signalman Davis died on 6 June 1944, aged 24 years old. He is now buried at St Vaast-en-Auge Churchyard, Normandy.

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Service History

  • 1939
    6th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment (TA) (Not known)
  • 1940
    British Expeditionary Force (Not known)
  • 1940
    6th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment (TA) (Not known)
  • 1942
    3rd Divisional Signals, Royal Corps of Signals (Signalman)
  • 1944
  • 1944

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  • Signalmen Davis and Easby admiring the French Francs issued to them, prior to D-Day, 1944

    Signalmen Davis and Easby admiring the French Francs issued to them, prior to D-Day, 1944

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