An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

George Donald SAVAGE

No. 1523833 Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner),
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve;
No. 514 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

Died 13 June 1944, aged 20 years.

Buried in Bathmen General Cemetery, Deventer, Overijssel,
Netherlands, Collective Grave 173-176.

No. 514 Squadron was part of RAF Bomber Command and was stationed at RAF Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire. It flew Avro Lancaster Mark II heavy bombers. On the night of 12/13 June 1944, Flight Sergeant Savage was an air gunner in the crew of Lancaster code-sign JI-L2 which took off to take part in a raid over Gelsenkirchen in Germany. But the aircraft was shot down by a German night fighter and crashed near the village of Zuid-Loo in Overijssel, Holland. Three members of the crew were able to bail out and subsequently evade capture, but the remaining five members, including Flight Sergeant Savage, were killed, and are buried in the nearby cemetery at Bathmen.

George Donald Savage was the son of Henry Alfred Savage and Annie (Anna) Maria Savage of South Bank. His parents were married in January 1904 and by 1911 had one son and three daughters. His father’s occupation was a fitter. Born rather later, in 1924, George won a North Riding County Council Scholarship to attend Coatham School as a day boy in September 1935. He was then aged eleven and joined Cochrane’s House, in Form IIA. He was in the same form initially as Ackcral, Ashton, and Eaton. (q.v.). In July 1938 he played cricket for the school in the junior colts team, and in 1938-1939, his final year, he passed his School Certificate examinations. He was first listed on the School’s Roll of Honour in December 1945.