The Roll of Honour
Nationality: New Zealand  
Rank:  Flying Officer
Unit:  214 FMS Squadron
Age at Death:  21
Date of Death:  15 January 1943
Service Number:  402063
Reference:  Panel 197
View David’s details on the Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database


David O’Donnell was born on 21 July 1921, the son of David and Esther O’Donnell (nee Collard), of Aramoho.

David was Navigator aboard Stirling I W 7637/W when it took off at 18:26 from Chedburgh on a raid on Lorient, France, involving 157 aircraft. It was among three planes lost without trace.

The crew of Stirling Mark I W7637 BU-W killed that afternoon consisted of :

  • Sqn/Ldr Paul Winstanley Manners Carlyon DFC, 42672, Royal Air Force [31]
  • Sgt Lawrence Carr, 1121598, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve [28]
  • Sgt John Laurence Kemp, 1235720, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve [19]
  • Flg/Off David Keith O’Donnell, 402063, Royal New Zealand Air Force [22]
  • Plt/Off John Nelson Peck, J/16748, Royal Canadian Air Force [27]
  • Plt/Off Peter Francis Pinder, J/16143, Royal Canadian Air Force [21]
  • Sgt Charles Edgar Clarke Ransom, 994313, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve [31]
[ages shown in brackets]

According the Sgt Carr’s nephew this crew flew over thirty times together.



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