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Donald, Bruce George
Flying Officer
Air Force
Lloydminster, Saskatchewan
Died: Jul 21,1955

Commemorated at
Choloy War Cemetery, France

Bruce George Donald was born July 29, 1930 at Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. Following enlistment at Victoria, British Columbia August 17, 1951, Donald served with the Royal Canadian Air Force attached to No. 416 (Fighter) Squadron (Ad Saltum Paratus) as a Flying Officer during the Cold War. Based at RCAF Station Grostenquin in northeastern France, the No. 416 Squadron was part of No. 2 (Fighter) Wing serving in western Europe as part of Canada’s air defence commitment to the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) with the Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force (4 ATAF). Operating Canadair Sabre day fighter aircraft, the No. 416 Squadron flew with the Sky Lancers aerobatic team, performing throughout Europe. On July 21, 1955, Flying Officer Bruce George Donald died during battle formation training when his F-86 Sabre collided with two other Sabres over Grostenquin during an air show. One of two pilots killed in the aeronautical show, Donald is commemorated at Choloy War Cemetery, Meurthe-Et-Moselle, France. Eldest son of Henry McCullough ‘Harry’ Donald of Nanaimo, British Columbia and Hilda (nee Wilford) Steward (formerly Donald) of Vernon, British Columbia; brother of Barbara and Flying Officer Robert Burns Donald (RCAF, 440 All Weather Fighter Squadron, died 20 June 1957); husband of Elizabeth (nee Blasdale) Donald of London, Ontario and father of Leslie Donald; he was 24 years old. "When you go home, tell them of us and say, ‘For your tomorrow, we gave our today.’"

Notes: Could not locate any reference to citations even though he probably would have received a Canadian Forces Decoration. Cannot be validated.

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