" Don " Kingaby Donald Ernest (NCO RAF n°112406)
DSO, AFC, DFM**, DFC (US), Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940, ...
(André Bar Collection)

Don Kingaby was born in Holloway, North London, on 7 January 1920, the son of a vicar. He joined the R.A.F.V.R. in April 1939 whilst working for an insurance company, and was called up in September 1939, completing his training at 5 OTU, and being posted in June 1940 to 266 (Rhodesia) Squadron as a Sergeant. In late September he was transferred to 92 (East India) Squadron where he was to achieve great success during late 1940 and 1941, gaining for himself the nickname ‘The 109 Specialist’. He was awarded a DFM on 6 December 1940, a Bar to this on 29 July 1941 and a second Bar on 11 November 1941 – the only man to receive two Bars to the DFM. At the time of the latter award he was posted to 58 OTU as an Instructor and was commissioned. He commenced a second tour in March 1942 with a posting to 111 Squadron, but a month later moved to 64 Squadron as a flight commander. Early in August he was posted to 122 (Bombay) Squadron becoming commanding officer of this unit in November. Awarded a DSO in March 1943, he was promoted to lead the Hornchurch Wing in May, where he remained until September. He then went on the Staff of HQ Fighter Command, although managing to fly a few sorties during the invasion of Normandy, when he claimed his last success. In July he went to the Advanced Gunnery School at Catfoss, where he remained for the rest of the war, receiving a Croix de Guerre from the Belgian Government in October and a US DFC in May 1945. Granted a Permanent Commission at the end of the war, he was to command 72 Squadron on Vampires from February 1949 until April 1952, receiving an AFC on leaving the unit. He then undertook a staff post with the Air Ministry, retiring from the service in September 1958. Many years later he and his wife moved to the United States to join their two daughters there, and it was in Westfield, Massachusetts, that he died on 31 December 1990 following a long illness. 

(Information courtesy of Aces High by Christopher Shores and Clive Williams)

 
             His claims are :

12/08/1940

2 Ju-88 Damaged

S Portsmouth (266 Sqn)

12/08/1940

1 Bf-110 Damaged

S Portsmouth (266 Sqn)

27/09/1940

1 Bf-109E Damaged

Biggin Hill area (92 Sqn)

30/09/1940

1 Bf-109E Damaged

Lewes (92 Sqn)

12/10/1940

1 Bf-109F Probable

Rochester area (92 Sqn)

12/10/1940

1 Bf-109E

SE Rochester (92 Sqn)

15/10/1940

1 Bf-109E

mid-Channel (92 Sqn)

20/10/1940

1/6 Bf-110

E Turnbridge Wells (92 Sqn)

24/10/1940

1 Do-17

E Deal (92 Sqn)

25/10/1940

1 Bf-109E Damaged

Channel (92 Sqn)

01/11/1940

1 Bf-109E

Thames Estuary (92 Sqn)

15/11/1940

1 Bf-109E

E Gravesend (92 Sqn)

15/11/1940

2 Bf-109E

Selsey Bill area (92 Sqn)

15/11/1940

1 Bf-109E Probable

Selsey Bill area (92 Sqn)

01/12/1940

1 Bf-109E

S Dungeness (92 Sqn)

14/02/1941

1 Bf-109

mid-Channel (92 Sqn)

16/05/1941

1 Bf-109 Damaged

Dungeness area (92 Sqn)

16/05/1941

1 Bf-109

off Calais (92 Sqn)

23/06/1941

1 Bf-109

SE Boulogne (92 Sqn)

02/07/1941

2 Bf-109F

off Gravelines (92 Sqn)

03/07/1941

1 Bf-109E Probable

off St-Omer (92 Sqn)

07/08/1941

1 Bf-109E Probable

St-Omer area (92 Sqn)

07/08/1941

1 Bf-109F Damaged

St-Omer area (92 Sqn)

09/08/1941

1 Bf-109F

Boulogne (92 Sqn)

09/08/1941

1 Bf-109F Probable

Boulogne (92 Sqn)

01/10/1941

1 Bf-109F Probable

Griz Nez area (92 Sqn)

01/10/1941

1 Bf-109F

Griz Nez area (92 Sqn)

03/10/1941

1 Bf-109F

off Ostend (92 Sqn)

02/06/1942

1 Fw-190 Damaged

Le Crotoy (64 Sqn)

30/07/1942

1 Fw-190

off Boulogne (64 Sqn)

17/08/1942

1 Fw-190 Damaged

off Dieppe (64 Sqn)

19/08/1942

1 Do-217

S of Dieppe (64 Sqn)

20/01/1943

1 Bf-109F

Guiness area (122 Sqn)

21/01/1943

1 Fw-190

S Calais (122 Sqn)

21/01/1943

1 Fw-190 Damaged

Gravelines (122 Sqn)

08/03/1943

1 Fw-190

Cleves (122 Sqn)

30/06/1944

1/2 Bf-109

Cazelle area (501 Sqn)

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