Hunt for pilot’s Kirriemuir relatives

Douglas Lindsay and his crew died when their Wellington bomber was shot down over northern Germany.
Douglas Lindsay and his crew died when their Wellington bomber was shot down over northern Germany.

The relatives of a bomber pilot who was killed in action during World War Two are keen to track down other members of his family in the Angus area.

It is hoped that relations of Flying Officer Douglas Weatherall Lindsay can be found before the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in Germany in June.

Fg Off Lindsay and his crew of four were shot down in Wellington R3236 on a mission over Northern Germany in July 1940. All were killed when the bomber crashed into Upjever Forest, near Jever, downed by anti-aircraft fire from the local Jever airbase.

The crew were initially buried with full military honours in a local churchyard in Jever, but after the war were all re-interred in the Sage War Cemetery at Oldenburg near Bremen.

Douglas Aylward, a distant cousin of Douglas Lindsay said: “As yet, we have been unable to find direct relatives of Douglas Lindsay along the Lindsay paternal line.

“Douglas was born in Hartlepool in 1916, the only child of Andrew Pillans Lindsay and Winifred Jane Weatherall. Andrew Lindsay, born in Dundee in 1886, was a dentist in Hartlepool, and the family moved from West Hartlepool to Edinburgh in the 1930s.”

The Angus connection comes through Andrew Lindsay’s father, Frederick, who was born in Kirriemuir in 1851.

Mr Aylward added: “The Jever Airbase commander has made it known that he wishes to erect a monument honouring the crew of Wellington R3236. Plans are well in hand to unveil a memorial stone on June 24 as part of the Jever Airbase’s 80th Anniversary celebrations.”

Anyone with information can contact Douglas Aylward by e-mailing dougaylward@talktalk.net