David Douglas-Hamilton (1912 - 1944) MP

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Death: Died in Southern England, United Kingdom
Cause of death: Crashed while coming back from a reconnaissance mission to the French coast.
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About David Douglas-Hamilton


Squadron Leader Lord David Douglas-Hamilton (8 November 1912 – 2 August 1944) was a Scottish nobleman, pilot, and boxer.

The youngest son of Lt. Alfred Douglas-Hamilton, 13th Duke of Hamilton RN and Nina Mary Benita Poore.

Douglas-Hamilton was one of four brothers who made history by simultaneously being at the rank of Squadron Leader or above at the outset of World War II, he himself commanding No. 603 Squadron RAF from 18 December 1941 till 20 July 1942.

Educated at Harrow, and Balliol College, Oxford. Douglas-Hamilton saw active service between 1939 and 1944, flying Spitfires in Operation Torch over Malta. On return to Britain, he was killed whilst carrying out reconnaissance over the French coast, and crashed in southern England.

At the 1934 Empire Games he won the bronze medal in the heavyweight class of the boxing tournament.

Marriage and issue

On 15 October 1938 he married Ann Prunella Stack, the founder of the Women's League for Health and Beauty. They had two sons:

Diarmaid Douglas-Hamilton (b.1940), an astrophysicist at Harvard University

Iain Douglas-Hamilton (b.1942), Zoologist, also father of television presenter Saba Douglas-Hamilton

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Lord David Douglas-Hamilton's Timeline

November 8, 1912
August 2, 1944
Age 31
Southern England, United Kingdom