World War 2 (1939 - 1945)

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Douglas Keith Fairweather

Service: Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA)*
Rank: Captain

Douglas was born in 1890, the youngest son of Sir Wallace Fairweather and Dame Margaret Eureka Fairweather of Fa'side House, Newton Mearns. He married Margaret, daughter of Lord Runciman.  A patent engineer like his father, his passion was flying.

He joined the Air Transport Auxiliary in 1940 as did his wife, Margaret. On 3 April 1944, Douglas was asked to transport a seriously wounded Canadian soldier from a northern airfield to the south for an operation. The weather was very bad, but he went nonetheless with a nursing sister. They never arrived. Later Douglas's body was washed up on the shore near Dunure. He was 53 years of age and is buried in Dunure Cemetery Ayrshire. In the photo Douglas Fairweather is second from the left.

 


 *The Air Transport Auxiliary was a civilian organisation which ferried new, repaired and damaged military aircraft between factories, assembly plants, transatlantic delivery points, Maintenance Units (MUs), scrap yards, and active service squadrons and airfields in World War II. It also flew service personnel on urgent duty from one place to another and undertook air ambulance flights. The ATA was not a branch of the RAF and worked closely with Ferry Command. They often flew in very poor weather conditions which would not have been allowed by the RAF. As all ATA pilots flew the same aircraft and faced the same risks, Sir Stafford Cripps arranged that female pilots should receive equal pay with their male colleagues. A pioneering case of sex equality.


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