Royal Canadian Air Force
Died: Mar 29,1944
Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery, United Kingdom
Duncan James Cameron, born August 28, 1922 on the family farm near Carmel, Saskatchewan, grew up in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, completing his senior matriculation at Humboldt High School in 1938. Single and in his second year of engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, Cameron worked as a summer student with a surveying party for Underwood and McLellan before enlisting at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan August 12, 1941. Commissioned October 23, 1942, Cameron served with the Royal Air Force attached to No. 299 (R.A.F.) Squadron as a Flying Officer (Pilot) during the Second World War. Part of No. 38 Group RAF, the special operations squadron flew Stirling aircraft from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, England, towing Horsa gliders across the English Channel and dropping SOE agents and supplies in occupied northwest Europe. Seriously injured on March 26, 1944 when his Stirling lost altitude while towing a glider and crashed, Flying Officer (Pilot) Duncan James Cameron died of internal injuries at RAF Wroughton Hospital on March 29, 1944. He is commemorated at the Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery, Somerset, England. Son of James Edward and Alice Pauline (nee Read) Cameron of Humboldt; brother of William, Marion and Phyllis Cameron; he was 21 years old. Cameron Island on Lake Athabasca, Saskatchewan is named in his honour. Citation(s): 1939-1945 Star, Aircrew 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.'