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Reginald William Douglas Price DFC

The co-authors of the 625 Squadron Project are saddened to announce the death of REGINALD WILLIAM DOUGLAS PRICE DFC, on May 10, 2022. For the last six years he has been a co-author of our team and invaluable technical advisor when we began to stray off the literary 'runway'. He never let us down and was an active participant in our latest archive report addendum on the mystery of No. 50 Lancaster, NG177, F/L Frank Ling and Crew, until days before his death.

That he was destined to complete his tour of ops, was foreshadowed in the calamitous sequence of events that he and his crew were confronted with during the takeoff roll of their third op.

Read more here.

His daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Dave Layzell, posted his obituary in the Victoria Times Colonist.

Reginald William Douglas Price passed away peacefully on May 10th at Berwick Royal Oak, mere days ahead of his 101st birthday.

Reg was a distinguished veteran wartime pilot with both the RCAF and RAF from the early 1940s until the early 1960s at which time he began his next career as a corporate pilot flying business jets out of Montreal and Calgary. Reg flew Lancasters as captain on 31 wildly dangerous missions into the battlefields of Germany and France until 1944. He was awarded eight medals for his military service, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Canadian War Medal, Canadian Peace Keeping Medal and the French Legion D’Honour for his participation in the liberation of France.

The world of aviation defined and thrilled him to the very end, so much so that he never mentioned having to ‘go to work’ when it involved flying. In recent years, his connection to aviation extended to a number of local groups of retired pilots and aviation enthusiasts.

Reg is survived by his son Dudley, daughter Sharon (David) Layzell and grandson Chris (Cindy) Layzell. He was predeceased by his wife, Elsie, in 2013, and granddaughter, Carey Layzell, in 1995.

At Reg's request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

JEA 25-05-2022

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