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Remembering World War II Thomas Edward Ramsay Donnelly Royal Canadian Air Force
Thomas Edward Ramsay Donnelly Sergeant R/200407 Royal Canadian Air Force July 14, 1925 Alberton Township, Ontario January 22, 1943 North Bay, Ontario Parry Sound, Ontario 17 5 feet, 6¼ inches Fair Grey Brown Single Postal Clerk Baptist Agnes Wade (Mother) Parry Sound, Ontario May 25, 1944 18 Fettercairn Cemetery, Kincardineshire, United Kingdom Grave 10.
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Prior to his enlistment with the RCAF, Thomas Donnley served with the Algonquin Rifles between July, 1942 and January 1943. Following his training with the RCAF in Canada Sergeant Swan went overseas, embarking Halifax on March 5, 1944 and disembarking in the United Kingdom on March 14, 1944. On March 21 he was taken on strength with No. 19 Operational Training Unit at RAF Forres, a satellite airfield to RAF Kinloss, Scotland. At 23:14 hrs. on the night of May 25, 1944 aircraft Whitley EB.384 departed RAF Kinloss to carry out a fighter affiliation exercise and cross county exercise. At 1:10 hrs. a report was received of a crash and it was later confirmed this was the19 Operational Training Unit aircraft Whitley EB.384. The crash was attributed to weather conditions. The aircraft struck the summit of a hill and was completely upside down. All six members of the crew, including Sergeant Donnelly, who was serving as air gunner on the flight, were killed.