Flight Lieutenant David John Colin Pinckney DFC

Male, Person Number524, b. 6 December 1918, d. 23 January 1942
Flight Lieutenant David John Colin Pinckney DFC
1918 - 1942
Relationships2nd cousin 1 time removed of George Pinckney
1st cousin 4 times removed of Aaron Pinckney
4th great-nephew of Robert Pinckney
11th great-grandson of Thomas Pynkeney
23rd great-grandson of Guermond Picquigni
7th great-nephew of Roger Pinckney I
1st cousin 8 times removed of Philip Pinckney
FatherJohn Robert Hugh Pinckney CBE b. 11 May 1876, d. 20 Feb 1964
MotherWinifred Nicola Hill b. 13 Jan 1880, d. 12 Apr 1976

Birth, Marriages and Death

Birth*6 Dec 1918Flight Lieutenant David John Colin Pinckney DFC was born on 6 Dec 1918 at Hidden Cottage, Hungerford, England, ; oct-nov-dec 2c 454.1
He was the son of John Robert Hugh Pinckney CBE and Winifred Nicola Hill
Death*23 Jan 1942Flight Lieutenant David John Colin Pinckney DFC died on 23 Jan 1942 at near Pegu, Upper Burma, , at age 23; On 23rd January 1942 Colin was shot down and killed. In company with another plane he had been engaged by a large number of enemy fighters. Both aircraft dived through the cloud, and when the other friendly aircraft pulled out its pilot had lost sight of Colin's plane and the enemy. A few minutes later he saw something burning on the ground.

Reports from witnesses on the ground state that an aircraft was seen to crash in the locality, but so far away that it was impossible to identify it. The body was never recovered; and the only other light thrown on Colin's death was an unconfirmed report that a nurse in a Pegu hospital had seen his body brought in.

Other Information

Event-Misc*Flight Lieutenant David John Colin Pinckney DFC was Memorial at St Peter's Church, Charlton St Peter, England,
Reference*Reference: Hungerford Virtual Museum
ReferenceReference: The Battle Of Britain London Monument
Name Variation Flight Lieutenant David John Colin Pinckney DFC was also known as Colin. 
Event-Misc29 Aug 1940He was At 6:42pm Colin was flying his spitfire R6753 when he was shot down. He bailed out but still suffered minor burns and was admitted to hospital. The wreckage of his aircraft has been recovered and is now on display at the Kent Battle of Britain Museum in Hawkinge, Kent. on 29 Aug 1940 at St Mary's Road, Dymchurch, England,
Event-Misc1942He was Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1942.


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Last Edited8 Apr 2022