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Dunure Cemetery - Air Transport Auxiliary 19 Nov 2017 20:33 #1

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The thread about the death of Joy Lofthouse of the Air Transport Auxiliary remind me of this war grave in Dunure that I photographed some years ago..

These two share the same grave and headstone.


Captain
FAIRWEATHER, DOUGLAS KEITH
Died 03/04/1944
Aged 53
Air Transport Auxiliary
Son of Sir Wallace Fairweather and Dame Margaret Eureka Fairweather, of Glasgow; husband of Flight Captain the Hon. Margaret Fairweather,.


Flight Captain
FAIRWEATHER, The Hon. MARGARET
Died 04/08/1944
Aged 42
Air Transport Auxiliary
Daughter of the Rt. Hon. Walter Runciman, P.C., D.C.L., LL.D., J.P., 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford, and of the Viscountess Runciman of Doxford, J.P. (nee Stevenson), of Doxford, Northumberland; wife of Capt. Douglas Keith Fairweather, Air Tpt. Aux.

There are lots of news reports of her death but all I can see about him is that he was missing.

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Dunure Cemetery - Air Transport Auxiliary 20 Nov 2017 22:02 #2

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Capt Douglas Fairweather lost his life (along with Nursing Sister Kathleen Kershaw) in Anson N4875 which crashed in the Irish Sea en route White Waltham to Prestwick 3/4/44. His body was washed ashore some days later and he was buried at Dunure. I believe Nurse Kershaw was never found and her name appears on the Runnymede Memorial.

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Dunure Cemetery - Air Transport Auxiliary 20 Nov 2017 22:10 #3

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The newspaper reports all say it was a converted Wellington on ambulance duties. Also say his wife had just given birth to a daughter.

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Dunure Cemetery - Air Transport Auxiliary 20 Nov 2017 22:17 #4

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Just confirmed that the Margaret buried in the grave was his wife, so she had just had their child then gone back to work for the ATA.

A series of tragedies for the ATA, the nurse was ATA and she was married someone also in the ATA.

Fairweather family

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Dunure Cemetery - Air Transport Auxiliary 20 Nov 2017 22:33 #5

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A very tragic story indeed and a very poignant gravestone.

Re. the aircraft - the Anson is mentioned in A Spitfire Girl... by Mary Ellis as well as on the ASN database. Possibly a bit of confusion in the newspaper article as I notice it also states the crash was in the North Sea?

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