William B S Davie


Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve  
Rank: Squadron Leader
Service Number: 72481
Awards: Air Force Cross

William Douglas Bow Symington Davie was born on 22nd January 1918 in Whitecraigs, Renfrewshire, son of William Symington Davie and Mary Stuart Bow Davie of Woodbrook, Whitecraigs, Renfrewshire. He was educated at Glasgow Academy and in September 1931, at the start of the Michaelmas term, he enrolled at Glenalmond College and left at Easter 1936. While at Glenalmond, he was a House prefect and shot in the VIII. On October 1st 1936 he was admitted as a Pensioner at Trinity College Cambridge where in 1939 he gained a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Certificate in Proficiency Engineering.

On the fourth of January 1944, William Davie was piloting a Gloster F9/40 (DG204/) a precursor of the Meteor Mark I, making a series of high speed runs at height of 20,000 feet over Farnborough. In the course of one of these runs the Meteor's port Metropolitan-Vickers F2 engine exploded. William Davie attempted to abandon the aircraft but suffered a severe injury in exiting the cockpit and was killed when he struck the tailplane.  He was 25 years of age.
He is buried in the family grave in Old Monkland Cemetery -
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. B. Grave 6. and commemorated on Mearns Parish Kirk, Glasgow Academy, Glenalmond College and Trinity College War Memorials.


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