Douglas Fairweather

DOUGLAS KEITH FAIRWEATHER                                                                          

Service: Air Transport Auxiliary

Rank: Captain

Douglas was born in 1890, the youngest son of Sir Wallace Fairweather and Dame Margaret Eureka Fairweather of Fa'side House, Newton Mearns. He married Margaret, daughter of Lord Runciman.  A patent engineer like his father, his passion was flying.

He joined the Air Transport Auxiliary * in 1940 as did his wife, Margaret. On 3rd April 1944, Douglas was asked to transport a seriously wounded Canadian soldier from a northern airfield to the south for an operation. The weather was very bad but he went nonetheless with a nursing sister. They never arrived. Later Douglas's body was washed up on the shore near Dunure.

He was 53 years of age and  is buried in Dunure Cemetery Ayrshire. His wife who also served in the ATA was killed later the same year and is buried with him.

This is the only known commonwealth grave where husband and wife are buried together.                                

* The Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) was a civilian organisation which flew aircraft between UK factories and assembly plants in World War II. It also flew service personnel on urgent duty from one place to another and undertook air ambulance flights.

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Image reproduced by permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission