Griffiths, Donald Maldwyn (No. 148008)

Griffiths, Donald Maldwyn (Maldwyn)

Flying Officer

No. 148008, 125 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Friday 17 March 1944 (aged 22)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England (Panel 206)

BIOGRAPHY

Donald Maldwyn Griffiths’s birth was registered in the first quarter of 1922 in Cardiff, Glamorganshire.  He was a son of Maldwyn and Irene Grace Griffiths (nee Williams) of 8 Upper Kincraig Street, Roath.

Maldwyn Griffiths Senior was an engineer and he and Irene Grace Williams were married on 7 February 1921 in Roath Parish Church, Cardiff.  They lived at 58 Thornhill Road, Llanishen, Cardiff.

During the Second World War Maldwyn Griffiths (Junior) served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

On 17 March 1944 two de Havilland Mosquito aircraft (HK 261 and HK 326) of No. 125 Squadron based at RAF Ballyhalbert were airborne over the Irish Sea on a night practice interception exercise from which they failed to return.  Based on Ground Controlled Interception (GCI) radar evidence from Ballywooden, Bishopscourt it was presumed that the two aircraft had collided, resulting in the deaths of both crews.  Each crew comprised two men and their bodies were never recovered.  They were Flight Lieutenant Eric Augustus Snow (Pilot of HK 261); Flying Officer Donald Maldwyn Griffiths (Navigator aboard HK 261); Flying Officer Frederick John Bartlett Reid (Pilot of HK 326) and Pilot Officer Horace James Rich (Navigator aboard HK 326).  Flying Officer Donald Maldwyn Griffiths (No. 148008) was 22 when he died, and he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey.

His effects amounted to some £112 and probate was granted to his mother.