Corporal Robert Victor Doak (639860) served in the Royal Air Force during World War Two. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Doak. He was the husband of Clodagh Phyllis Doak of Streatham, London, England.
Corporal Doak died on 24th September 1942 aged 32-years-old. At his time of death, he flew with RAF 51 Squadron. RAF 51 Squadron transferred to RAF Coastal Command in May 1942 flying the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley from RAF Chivenor, Devon.
Their role was to patrol against U-Boat activity in the Bay of Biscay. Soon after Corporal Doak’s death, they returned to Bomber Command equipped with the Handley Page Halifax at RAF Snaith, Yorkshire.
Remembering the crew of Whitley Z9425
|Last Name||First Name(s)||Rank||Role||Information|
|Todd||Harry||Corporal||641943. Buried in Hunslet Old Cemetery, Leeds, Yorkshire.|
|Parker||David Shirley||Flight Lieutenant||68819. Buried in Plymouth City Crematorium, Plymouth, Devon.|
|Doak||Robert Victor||Corporal||639860. Buried in Seagoe Cemetery, Portadown, Co. Armagh.|
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Z9425 Mark V suffered an engine failure due to an internal cooling leak on an Air Sea Rescue sortie. The plane crashed while force landing 1 mile east of the Chelpham Viaduct, Devon.
A sergeant Hugh Alan Roberts and Sergeant EF Goodwin survived the crash. Robert Victor Doak’s grave is in Section B, Grave 318 of Seagoe Cemetery, Portadown, Co. Armagh.