Pilot Officer Douglas Keith Milne
On 5th July, 1940, three Spitfires of 64 Squadron took off from Kenley at 7.55pm, for a reconnaissance patrol over Northern France.
They were flown by Flying Officer Taylor, Sub-Lieutenant Dawson-Paul and Pilot Officer Douglas Keith Milne (in Spitfire Ia, P9449). They encountered enemy aircraft over Rouen and in the ensuing engagement, Dawson-Paul shot down a Me109, though his aircraft was damaged and he limped in to Hawkinge. Only Taylor made it back to Kenley at 9.15pm that evening. Sadly, Pilot Officer Milne failed to return.
Having lost his life a few days before the official beginning of The Battle of Britain, Milne is not remembered as one of “The Few.”
As Douglas Milne has no known grave, his name is inscribed on the Runnymede memorial and also appears on the Meigle War Memorial at the entrance to Victory Park, Meigle, Perth and Kinross.
Rest in peace Sir and thank you for your service.