Donne, Michael Stephen (1917-1940)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Michael Stephen Donne (1917-1940), born on 2 April 1917 at Warminster, Wiltshire, son of Stephen Donne and Constance Gladys Donne (née Reynolds) of Barns Close, Halberton, Tiverton, Devon.
Siblings: Alyson Margaret Donne (b.1924).
Attended St Peter's School, Exmouth, Devon.
Attended Sherborne School (The Green) January 1931-July 1935; 6th form (Army class), House Prefect, Class Leader with Badge (1935), Captain in OTC, Hockey XI team (1935).
In June 1935, Michael passed an examination for admission to RAF College, Cranwell. On 31 July 1937, he was given a permanent commission at Pilot Officer and posted to No.17 (Fighter) Squadron at Kenly aerodrome. On 31 January 1939, he was promoted to the rank of Flying Officer.
In 1939, Michael married Constance Sylvia Chaplin (b.1907). In 1944, Constance married Anthony J. Wolstenholme, Royal Engineers. Constance later married Harry Chapman-Pincher, a journalist with the Daily Express.
WW2, Flight Lieutenant (Pilot), 17 Squadron, Royal Air Force.
He was wounded in a dogfight and made a forced landing at Numansdorp, near the farm of Mr. Quartel. He managed to get out of the plane himself and was taken to a field hospital at Numansdorp were he died at 11 am on 13 May 1940 and was buried the next day.
Buried on 14 May 1940 at Numansdorp Protestant Cemetery, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands, Row D. Grave 3 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2635476/donne,-michae...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; The Green roll of honour.
Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Michael Stephen Donne, Flight-Lieutenant, R.A.F., was always interested in flying and on leaving School he went to Cranwell. He was shot down over Holland in May 1940'.
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