{AC47} Derek Dundonald Audley (1921 -1942)

 

For Royal Air Force – 266 (Rhodesia) Squadron at Warmwell in Dorset Saturday 24th October 1942 was a fine day, with good visibility with a strong wind. Six anti – intruder patrols had been carried out without incident. Non-operational flying included formation practice, tail chasing and aerobatics. Unfortunately during these aerobatics, Sergeant Derek Dundonald Audley’s Typhoon was seen to break up at 18,000 ft, scattering debris over 5 miles. He was buried on the afternoon of 27th October in the Churchyard of Holy Trinity, Warmwell, Dorset, the son of William & Constance Elizabeth Audley of Durban, South Africa.
Sergeant D D Audley (778599)
The details of Sergeant Derek Dundonald Audley’s short RAF career is listed below
Date of Enlistment                                       9 May 1941
(Duration of Present Emergency)
Ranks
Aircraftman Second Class                           9 May 1941
Leading Aircraftman                                    9 May 1941
Sergeant                                              9 November 1941
Mustering
Aircrafthand/pilot                                      9 May 1941
Under training pilot                                        Undated
Pilot                                                      27 February 1942
Postings
Salisbury                                                         9 May 1941
Initial Training Wing                                    9 May 1941
25 Elementary Flying Training School  1 August 1941
Initial Training Wing                            21 October 1941
20 Service Flying Training School    8 November 1941
Headquarters Middle East                        6 March 1942
3 Personnel Reception Centre                    10 May 1942
5 Air Defence Flight Unit 1                           5 June 1942
Grangemouth                                                  7 July 1942
58 Operational Training Unit                          Undated
266 (Rhodesia) Squadron                            9 September 1942
Killed on active service                       24 October 1942