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Joseph Leonard Doray

Joseph Leonard Doray

Male 1917 - 1942  (25 years)

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  • Name Joseph Leonard Doray 
    Born 01 May 1917  Pembroke, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 09 Nov 1942  Lighthorne, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 13 Nov 1942  Evesham Road cemetery, Stratford-on-Avon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Leonard Doray was a Pilot Officer and Wireless Operator/Air Gunner in the RCAF. He enlisted in Montreal on 21 June 1941 and received his wireless and air gunnery training in Canada in 1941 and 1942 . He passed near the top of his class in both and was commissioned as an officer. He arrived No. 3 Personnel Reception Centre at Bournemouth on 19 June 1942; transferred to No 2 Advanced Flying Unit at Millom, Cumberland on July 25th. On September 1 he transferred to No. 22 Operational Training Unit, part of RAF No. 6 Group, based at Wellesbourne Mountford airport near Stratford on Avon, for training in night bombing prior to becoming operational status. On November 9, 1942, Wellington MkIII HF648 crashed 1 mile SSE of Lighthorne Village just after takeoff from Gaydon airfield. Failure of the starboard engine was the cause. All crew were killed: F/O D B Clements RCAF, F/Sgt C S Boomer RCAF, P/O A A Herbert RCAF, P/O J L Doray RCAF and F/Sgt G W Wilken RCAF. Doray was the wireless operator/air gunner and died of multiple injuries and burns. He was buried on July 13, 1942 at Stratford-on-Avon.

      Commonwealth War Graves Commission casualty details:

      Name: DORAY, JOSEPH LEONARD
      Initials: J L
      Nationality: Canadian
      Rank: Pilot Officer (W.Op./Air Gnr.)
      Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
      Age: 25
      Date of Death: 09/11/1942
      Service No: J/11594
      Additional information: Son of Edward and Teresa Doray, of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.
      Casualty Type: `Commonwealth War Dead
      Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 4046.
      Cemetery: STRATFORD-ON-AVON CEMETERY

      Cemetery: STRATFORD-ON-AVON CEMETERY
      Country: United Kingdom
      Locality: Warwickshire
      Historical Information: Startford-on-Avon Cemetery contains 22 First World War burials, made mainly from the hospital at Clopton House. During the Second World War, there was a contingent of the Royal Canadian Air Force based at nearby Wellesboune Mountford and of the 137 Second World War burials (most of them forming a war graves plot), 97 are of Canadian airmen. The cemetery also contains 15 war graves of other nationalities.
      No. of Identified Casualties: 174

      The Montreal Gazette - Nov 17, 1942
      KILLED OVERSEAS
      (photograph)
      P.O. JOSEPH LEONARD DORAY, 25, who has been officially reported killed on active service overseas, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Doray of 4547 Harvard avenue (Montreal). Born in Pembroke, Ont., he was educated in Montreal, where he worked until enlisting in July, 1941. At school he was active in all forms of athletics. PO. Doray has one brother, Eddy Doray, in the R.C.A. (Reserve Army), and three sisters, Eileen, Irene and Theresa of Montreal.
    Person ID I39  Cullen family tree

    Father Samuel Edward Michael Doray,   b. 09 Sep 1873, Sutton, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1948, Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Teresa Mary Berry,   b. 25 Nov 1882, Dunham Township, Mississquoi, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1973, Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 17 Oct 1904  St. Anthony's Parish, Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F1685  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Albums  Doray-Berry family album (23)

  • Sources 
    1. [S102] Ancestry.ca Drouin Collection, Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1911, Pembroke Cathedral, 1915-1923, page 51.

    2. [S200] Midland Aircraft Recovery Group, http://www.aviationarchaeology.org.uk/marg/crashes1942.htm.

    3. [S57] Ancestry.ca Drouin Collection.