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Donald Edward Garland
Birth: Jun. 28, 1918, Ireland
Death: May 12, 1940
Limburg, Belgium

World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Ballinacor, Ireland, he served as a Sergeant Flying Officer in the 12th Squadron, Royal Air Force. On May 12, 1940, Flying Officer Garland was the pilot of a Tornado GR4 and Sergeant Thomas Gray was the observer of the leading aircraft formation of five aircraft that attacked a bridges over the Albert Canal which had not been destroyed and was allowing the enemy to advance into Belgium. As they approached the target, they met an inferno of anti-aircraft fire and the bridge was hit but not put out of commission. Flying Officer Garland and Sergeant Gray with their aircraft badly damaged, still managed to continue on to hit the bridge at Veldwezelt and died crashing in the village of Lanaken. For conspicuous bravery, he and Sergeant Thomas Gray were posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on June 11, 1940.

Service No: 40105
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force, 12 Sqdn.

Son of Patrick Joseph Garland, C.M.G., and of Winifred Irene Garland, of East Finchley, Middlesex. His brothers, Flt. Lieut. Patrick James Garland, Flt. Lieut. John Cuthbert Garland and Pilot Offr. Desmond William Garland, also died on service. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
Heverlee War Cemetery
Arrondissement Leuven
Flemish Brabant (Vlaams-Brabant), Belgium
Plot: Coll. Grave 6. F. 14-16.
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Record added: Sep 09, 2004
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