|Douglas Rivers Bagnall|
File:Douglas Rivers Bagnall Photograph.jpg|
Bagnall outside his tent in North Africa in 1942
|Born||23 September 1918|
|Place of birth||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Place of death||Hereford|
|Service/branch||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1938–1965|
|Commands held||No. 40 Squadron RAF (1943)|
Distinguished Service Order|
Distinguished Flying Cross (United Kingdom)
Distinguished Flying Cross (United States)
Early life and educationEdit
Douglas Rivers Bagnall was born in Auckland, New Zealand to Alfred Ernest Bagnall and Henrietta and was educated at King's Preparatory School and King's College, Auckland before reading commerce at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington.
Bagnall trained for the RAF as a pilot and was commissioned in 1938. In March 1943, aged 24, he was promoted to wing commander with No. 40 Squadron RAF which flew Vickers Wellington bombers. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Order for his part in an attack on marshalling yards at Battipaglia in 1943 and the American Distinguished Flying Cross in 1944.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Wing Commander Douglas Bagnall" (in en-GB). 2001-01-03. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1312909/Wing-Commander-Douglas-Bagnall.html.
- ↑ "Douglas Bagnall - Historical records and family trees - MyHeritage". MyHeritage. https://www.myheritage.com/names/douglas_bagnall.
- ↑ "Distinguished Service Order". 1943-11-02. pp. 4813. https://nzhistory.govt.nz/files/documents/vc-citations/lloyd-trigg-vc.pdf. "One night in September, 1943, Wing Commander Bagnall participated in an attack on the marshalling yards at Battipaglia and his accurate bombing was a feature of his praiseworthy efforts. This officer has rendered magnificent service"
- ↑ "Distinguished Flying Cross". 1944-01-18. pp. 359. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/36335/supplement/359/data.pdf.
- ↑ "Life Events (BMDs), World, R Bagnall". https://search.livesofthefirstworldwar.org/search/world-records/life-events-bmds?firstname=r&firstname_variants=true&lastname=bagnall&o=eventyear&page=5.
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