Donald Osborne Finlay (1909-1970) was an athlete and RAF officer. He was born in Christchurch but his family moved to Macnaughten Road in Bitterne when he was a child, and he attended Taunton's School. He achieved a bronze medal for hurdling in the 1932 Olympics and a silver in 1936, and continued to compete after the war. He joined the RAF in 1925; during the war he was in Fighter Command as Wing Commander and Group Captain, and was awarded the DFC and the Air Force Cross.

Newspaper clippings (available online or from the Local Studies Library):

In this house ... - (Southern Evening Echo 12/11/1965)
"Group Capt D. Finlay: Outstanding British Athlete" - (The Times 22/04/1970). Obituary.
Southampton Olympic Medallist Spitfire Ace enters the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - (DNB press release, May 2012)


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