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Doran, William Lawrence
Pilot Officer
Royal Canadian Air Force
Vancouver, British Columbia
Died: Mar 15,1944

Commemorated at
Hilsenheim Communal Cemetery, France

William ‘Bill’ Lawrence Doran, born September 2, 1914 at Vancouver, British Columbia, moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba in November 1915 where his father worked as a civil engineer. Returning to Vancouver with his family in 1917, Doran completed his education and moved to Bralorne, British Columbia where he worked as a miner. Married, Doran served with the Royal Canadian Air Force attached to No. 408 (Goose) Squadron (For Freedom) as a Pilot Officer (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) during the Second World War. Part of Bomber Command, the No. 408 Squadron flew Lancaster bombers over enemy targets in France and Germany. On the evening of March 15, 1944, Pilot Officer (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) William Lawrence Doran died after his Lancaster bomber crashed near Hilsenheim in northeastern France. Shot down by an enemy night fighter, Doran is commemorated at the Hilsenheim Communal Cemetery, Bas-Rhin, France, on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall, Nanton, Alberta and commemorated in the book ‘Last Flight to Stuttgart: Searching for the Bomber Boys of Lancaster EQ-P’ by Lisa Jean Russ. Son of William John and Jessie (nee Skidmore) Doran of Vancouver, British Columbia; brother of Eileen Annie, Kathleen Ellen, Patricia, Maude, Frank Andrew (died in 1936) and Gunner Walter Henry Doran (F Battery, CATC); husband of Marjorie Evelyn (nee Conghlan) Doran of Edmonton, Alberta; he was 29 years old. Doran Lake, west of Ruttan Lake, Manitoba is named in his honour. Citation(s): 1939-1945 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Defence Medal, General Service Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp “When you go home, tell them of us and say, 'For your tomorrow, we gave our today.”