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Ross, Derek Colles (1922-1944)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.


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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.


Details: Derek Colles Ross (1922-1944), born 17 June 1922, son of Sir Mackenzie Ross and Lady Esme Ross, of Richmond, Surrey (formerly of Fairlight, Rustington, Sussex).


Attended Sherborne Preparatory School.


Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) September 1936-December 1939.


WW2, Flight-Lieutenant (Pilot), 19 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR). Killed in action on 23 April 1944, aged 22, when his P-51 Mustang was hit by flak and crashed between Doullens and St-Pol-sur-Ternoise, France.


Commemorated at:

St Pol War Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, Row F. Grave 9. Inscription on his headstone: ‘THY WILL BE DONE’,-derek-c...


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House War Memorial.


His housemaster, A.H. Trelawny-Ross, wrote in the Lyon House letter (July 1944): 'F./O. Derek Colles Ross, R.A.F. (1936-39), came to us from the Prep. In his sojourn here he proved himself a loyal friend and a useful member of the House. He left rather young to go into business, but not before he had shown great promise at all sports. When war came he quickly joined the Air Force and did exceptionally well in America. His Commanding Officer writes: "He was a grand pilot and adored flying. He was level-headed and quick thinking and had a personality we all admired... We went through some sticky times together and I was always pleased to have him in my Section." To me he wrote in April last: "There are certainly momentous days ahead and we are all on our toes ready for anything. I return to my fighter Squadron tomorrow." He died as he would have chosen to die; I am sure of that.'

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