Service Details
Name:
DOVETON
Given Name:
GORDON DERRICK
Initials:
G D
Service No:
P1/35454
Rank:
Lieutenant
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Regiment:
South African Air Force
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Unit:
2 Sqdn.
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Date of Death:
1951-02-15
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Age:
25
Cause of Death:
Killed in action, in North American F-51 Mustang #304. At 13H00 on the 15th February 1951, Lt Doveton and Lt McKellar took off from their airfield at K-10, Chinhae, to conduct an armed reconnaissance mission in the vicinity of Kaesong-Haeju-Sariwon. After attacking a few different targets, they found a camouflaged vehicle near Kaesong, which they attacked. On their fourth pass the vehicle caught fire. Despite this, Lt Doveton chose to make another attack, and Lt McKellar saw Lt Doveton's aircraft bounce off the side of a hill in a cloud of smoke, somersault, and burst into flames.
Additional
Information:
Husband of Helene Doveton. Born De Jongh. ref. 85 years of SAAF
Commemoration
Country:
South Korea
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Cemetery:
UNITED NATIONS PUSAN MEMORIAL
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Grave Reference:
Panel 13

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