152 Squadron Spitfire I K9999 P/O. Douglas Clayton Shepley
Date: 21st August 1940 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 152 Squadron (Hyderabad) (motto: 'Faithful Ally')
Type: Spitfire I
Base: RAF Warmwell, Dorset
Location: English Chanel
Pilot: P/O. Douglas Clayton Shepley 33464 RAF Age 20. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a patrol south of the Isle of Wright he was shot down by JU 88 NKG, at 12:20 hrs. his body was never recovered.
During the same engagement 29 year old, Fl/Lt. Latham Carr Withall 39361 flying Spitfire P9456 was also lost under the same circumstances.
P/O. Douglas Clayton Shepley. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 10. Born on the 14th July 1918 at Carlton-in-Lindrick. Son of John Thorpe and Lillie Emily Shepley, of Holmesfield, Derbyshire and husband of Frances Ethel Shepley (née Linscott). The parents lost 2 other children during the war. 25 year old, Jeanne Shepley W/3500 ATS on the 17th October 1939 when the SS Yorkshire was torpedoed. 28 year old, Fl/Lt. George Rex Shepley DFC 37577 RAFO 16 squadron, when on the 31st May 1940 he was shot down by mistake by Spitfires.
Fl/Lt. Latham Carr Withall. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 10. Born on the 25th May 1911 in Toodyay. Son of Latham (died 23rd March 1971) and Mabel Withall (died 29th May 1969) of Brighton, Victoria, Australia and husband of Beryl Ethel Withall, of Ealing, Middlesex, England.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of these pilots with thanks to sources as quoted below: