Donald James Hulbert joined the RAFVR about February 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he was posted to 5 SFTS on 6th November 1939 to complete his training and convert to Hurricanes. He joined 257 Squadron on 21st May 1940.On 19th July he shared in the destruction of a Do17. Hulbert’s Hurricane, V7317, was severely damaged in combat over the Thames Estuary on 7th September and he made a forced-landing near Sittingbourne.
501 Squadron – Towards the end of the Battle Hulbert was posted to 501 Squadron at Kenley. His subsequent service is currently undocumented but it is known that he went on to serve in North Africa and Italy with 111 Squadron.
Commissioned from Warrant Officer in April 1944, he was released in early 1946 as a Flying Officer. Hulbert joined the RAFVR in 1948 and served with it for some years.
He died on 27th February 2006.