MABEE, F/O Ernest Aubrey (J88781) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 28 August 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 26 September 1942) and No.6 BGS (graduated 26 October 1942). Certificate sent 10 August 1948.

 

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MACADAM, Sergeant (now FS) Gordon Forbes (Can 6006) - Mention in Despatches - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 10 November 1914 at Schreiber, Ontario. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 11 September 1939. Graduated from No.9 BGS, 6 March 1943.

 

This non-commissioned officer as a Flight Engineer has displayed constant devotion to duty requiring many hours of overtime work. He is responsible for the submission of many ideas which have resulted in the improvement of the working conditions for the squadron crews while on patrol. His unceasing efforts have been devoted to the maintenance of a high standard of efficiency in his flight.

 

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MacARTHUR, F/L William John Campbell (C5466) - Mention in Despatches - No.416 Squadron - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Attended University of Manitoba and McGill University, graduating in Medicine, 1938 (captained McGill football team and later named to all-star team of the half-century). Also attended Mayo Clinic. Home in Oakville; enlisted in Toronto, 27 May 1941. Wounded early in Normandy operations but returned to duty as Medical Officer at Carpiquet. On return to Canada he joined the staff of Toronto Western Hospital but in 1946 transferred his practice to Oakville. Helped found Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and was in succession Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff, mentoring many young doctors and nurses. Retired in 1976. In 1970 he had his wife had visited Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and thus began a 30-year association with the islands as he assisted the medical and dental community through mentoring an sourcing of equipment. Arranged for the Oakville Rotary Club to sponsor British Virgin Island children needed specialized treatment in Toronto. His services led to his appointment as Member, Order of the British Empire (1985). Died at his farm north of Oakville, 2 April 2001. No citation.

 

MacARTHUR, S/L William John Campbell (C5466) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. No citation.

 

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MACAULAY, Sergeant Thomas Archibald (R103518) - Mention in Despatches - No.434 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.64 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Banff, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary 2 May 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation drafted 26 July 1944 by G/C D.M. Edwards, CO Station Croft.

 

This NCO enlisted on 2nd May, 1941, and has served in the United Kingdom since 18th December 1942, and has been employed in the Flights of the Armament Section since its formation. He has displayed devotion to duty of a high order. He is always endeavouring to improve the servicing and maintenance of the Armament equipment in his flights. Working under adverse conditions for endless tiring hours, he has, by his exceptional tenacity of purpose, influenced the men in the performance of their duties to such a degree that their standard is of a very high calibre.

 

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MacBAIN, F/L Kenneth (J12689) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.249 Squadron - Award effective 17 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 August 1944 and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944. Born in Brandon, Manitoba, 1 September 1922; home there. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 3 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 14 September 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 18 November 1940). Attended Central Flying School; posted to No.10 SFTS, 22 March 1941; promoted WO2, 1 December 1941; commissioned 30 June 1942. Posted to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 11 October 1942; struck off strength to overseas on same date; repatriated 15 April 1945; left the RCAF at wars end but rejoined on 24 September 1951 (service number 42332). DFC presented 9 April 1949.

 

This officer while operating as a flight commander in recent attacks against targets in the Balkans has led numerous sorties against enemy motor transport columns and camps. He has destroyed one enemy aircraft and at least fifty enemy vehicles in addition to six vessels in the Adriatic Sea. His attacks have always been pressed home in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire. Flight Lieutenant MacBain has always been eager to engage the enemy at every opportunity and adverse weather has never deterred him from completing the allotted tasks.

 

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MacBRIDE, Sergeant Louise Rigg (W302934) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946 and corrected rank in AFRO 781/46 dated 9 August 1946. Home in Victoria; enlisted in Vancouver, 21 April 1942.

 


This non-commissioned officer enlisted in the Women's Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942 and in that year proceeded overseas with the first draft of Women's Division personnel and, until her repatriation, was continuously employed for a period of three years at Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas Headquarters. She is endowed with outstanding talent for dealing with office administrative detail and with a capacity for hard work. During her service overseas she gave unsparingly of these talents and set a splendid example to all ranks in initiative, strenuous effort and devotion to duty, involving a great amount of overtime work during the 1942-45 bombing and "V" attacks on London. Flight Sergeant MacBride's record is an outstanding justification of the wisdom of establishing the Women's Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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MacBRIDE, F/O (now F/L) Robert Ernest (J9267) - Mention in Despatches - No.162 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 5 August 1919. Home in Woodstock, New Brunswick. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.3 EFTS, and No.6 SFTS. Served in postwar RCAF, rising to Group Captain. Died of natural causes, 29 July 1963 while on duty in Germany.

 

This officer has, by his untiring effort and devotion to duty, assisted in maintaining a high standard of efficiency and morale in his unit. He has carried out all tasks assigned to him in a very efficient and willing manner.

 

MACBRIDE, F/L Robert Ernest (J9267) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 11 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 22 August 1944 and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant MacBride has a fine record of operational flying. He is a most skilful pilot, fully qualified to fly both land and sea aircraft and has operated from some of the most difficult bases, never allowing adverse weather to deter him from completing his mission. On one occasion while on an anti-submarine patrol this officer sighted a U-boat. Despite intense and heavy anti-aircraft fire he pressed home an excellent attack and the U-boat was probably destroyed.

 

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MacBRIEN, G/C William Ross (C173) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.127 Wing - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Born in Camberley, England, August 1913; moved with family to Canada, 1920. Educated in Ottawa at Ashbury College; later attended Royal Military College. Commissioned in RCAF, 1935. Instructed at Camp Borden and Trenton, 1937-1939; CFI at No.2 SFTS, 1941-1942.Went overseas in October 1942 and assumed command of successive Canadian fighter wings. In 1945 appointed Director of Operational requirements, AFHQ. Attended National War College, Washington, 1946-47. In 1948 became first RCAF member of Directing Staff, National Defence College, Kingston. August 1948, headed planning staff forming Air Defence Group; October 1949 named Commander, Air Defence Group on its move to St.Hubert. In August 1951 he was appointed Chief Staff Officer, Air Defence Command. Went overseas in April 1953 as Chief of Staff, 4th Allied Tactical Air Force. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 1 October 1953 (Air Commodore, No.1 Air Division). Returned to Canada, July 1956; August 1958 promoted to Air Vice-Marshal and made AOC Air Defence Command. Promoted to Air Marshal, September 1962 and assigned to SHAPE. July 1966 appointed Vice Chief of Defence Staff, CFHQ. Retired from RCAF, August 1969. No citation to OBE in Canadian sources; Public Records Office Air 2/8872 has recommendation.

 

Group Captain MacBrien is at present serving as commander of a Canadian Spitfire wing, which he has supervised extremely well during the swift advance from the Normandy bridgehead to an airfield in Holland. He has always displayed great energy and enthusiasm and his Wing has recently produced exceptional results in air combat against the enemy. Previously he served as a Sector Commander during the planning and preparation for the landings in Normandy on D Day and during the immediate assault period. The exceptional efficiency of the Wings serving under him, both on the ground and in the air, has been a tribute to his leadership. Both as a Sector Commander and as commander of a Wing, Group Captain MacBrien has done much to assist in the operations since D Day.

 

MacBRIEN, G/C William Ross, OBE (173) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.

 

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MacCALLUM, Corporal (now Sergeant) James Edgar (R72513) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.8 SFTS - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Home in Southport, Prince Edward Island; enlisted in Charlottetown, 22 August 1940. Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 28 October 1940).

 

This airman displayed initiative, resourcefulness and outstanding devotion to duty, with complete disregard of personal safety, when he entered a Motor Transport garage in the face of flames and smoke and attacked a fire which had almost enveloped a refuelling tender. He succeeded in getting the fire under control by the time help arrived. Had he not acted with outstanding speed and determination, an explosion and consequent fire of unpredictable proportions endangering lives and equipment was imminent.

 

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MacCAUL, G/C Donald Harvey (C76) - Mention in Despatches - No.4 RD - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Thessalon, Ontario; enlisted in Kingston, Ontario, 17 June 1925. Attended Queen's University and RMC. Awarded pilot's flying badge, 26 April 1926. At outbreak of war he was with No.3 Repair Depot, Vancouver, but subsequently served at AFHQ, No.1 Training Command, Bomber Command HQ, Maintenance Command, and No.6 Group. Returned to Canada in 1943, serving at No.2 Training Command Headquarters (Winnipeg) before becoming CO of No.4 Repair Depot, Scoudouc, in 1944. Remained in postwar RCAF; appointed CO, No.6 Repair Depot, August 1951. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953, while CO of No.6 Repair Depot, Trenton.

 

This officer is a Regular Officer of twenty years service who, due to a flying accident, has held a restricted flying category for some time. He is an Engineering Officer and has devoted most of his service to this speciality. He has served as Senior Engineering Officer at various command headquarters, one year on attachment with the Royal Air Force overseas, and latterly as Commanding Officer of No.4 Repair Depot. With his varied background and engineering knowledge, he has applied himself with a quiet, unassuming, but thoroughly efficient manner to the work assigned to him. As a station commander he is well above average. Although his work, by its nature, could not be spectacular it has been thorough, exacting, painstaking throughout.

 

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MacDIARMID, P/O James Kenneth (J88293) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1921 in Ottawa; home there (electric welder); enlisted there 1 July 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.9 BGS (graduated 1 October 1943). Commissioned July 1944. DFC presented by Governor General at Government House, 7 November 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 December 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (160 hours 30 minutes), 19 May to 1 November 1944.

 

This officer, as an air gunner, has completed a tour of 32 attacks on enemy targets, many of which have been against the heavily defended targets of Germany. He has at all times shown a notable keenness for his work, both in the air and on the ground, and has assisted in the instruction of the rest of the gunners of the squadron. His cheerfulness and devotion to duty have been outstanding and often by his unfailing watchfulness he has been able to warn his captain of impending attacks by enemy aircraft in time to take evasive action, avoid combat and continue on his mission...

 

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MacDONALD, F/L Aeneas Murdock (J36974) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 30 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1919 in Toronto; home there (telephone craftsman); enlisted there 22 July 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943), No.10 EFTS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned 1943. DFC presented 22 November 1948.

 


This officer has displayed the highest standard of skill and determination. He has completed very many sorties including a number of minelaying missions. On these occasions his resolute and accurate work in the face of considerable anti-aircraft fire has set a fine example. In December 1944, Flight Lieutenant MacDonald was detailed for a minelaying operation in distant enemy waters. In spite of adverse weather at the commencement of his flight, this officer showed the greatest determination to complete his mission successfully.

 

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MACDONALD, F/L Alastair Ian (J10111) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1919; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 17 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 August 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 24 October 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942). Medal sent by registered mail, 2 May 1947. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated approximately 20 July 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (163 hours 20 minutes), 15 February to 12 July 1944.

 

This pilot has taken part in thirty-two attacks on enemy territory and throughout his tour of operations has shown a determination to carry out his duty and an offensive spirit which is outstanding. He has shown a cheerful disregard of danger and a determination to do his duty in spite of opposition, all of which has been a great inspiration to his crew. It is considered that this fine example of devotion to duty and tenacity of purpose full merit the award of the D.F.C.

 

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MacDONALD, F/L Allan Charles (J19189) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1921 in Vancouver; home in Marble Mountain, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 5 March 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 7 July 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 20 December 1941). Commissioned 1943. DFC presented at Buckingham Palace, 13 July 1945.

 

This officer has shown himself to be a skilful and resourceful wireless operator. He has participated in a large number of operational sorties including attacks against the most heavily defended targets. On one occasion in September 1944, his aircraft was detailed for an attack against Kaiserlautern. On the way to the target a heavy electrical storm was encountered and the aerials were damaged. Flight Lieutenant MacDonald succeeded in locating the damage and effected repairs to his equipment and the aircraft was flown to the target. Throughout all his operations this officer has set a fine example of consistent courage, skill and untiring devotion to duty.

 


Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has a detailed recommendation dated 17 October 1944 when he had flown 50 sorties. The details of his first 33 could not be given (logbook lost after tour in Middle East) but he had 17 trips (99 hours four minutes) with No.83 Squadron:

 

20 Apr 44 Bordeaux 11 Aug 44 Givors

29 Apr 44 Bordeaux 15 Aug 44 Gilse-Rijen

1 May 44 Tours 9 Sept 44 Rheydt

3 May 44 Maily 11 Sept 44 Darmstadt

9 May 44 Paris 12 Sept 44 Stuttgart

11 May 44 Bouge 19 Sept 44 Munchen Gladbach

3 June 44 La Panelle 23 Sept 44 Munster

6 June 44 Caen 27 Sept 44 Kaiserlauten

8 June 44 Saumur

 

Flight Lieutenant Macdonald has completed 50 operational sorties on heavy bombers, including seventeen with the Pathfinder Force. He has shown outstanding keenness to operate, and has taken part in many attacks on the most heavily defended targets. He has always shown a high degree of skill and resource in his work, being undeterred by any difficulties.

 

On the night of 27th September 1944, his crew were taking part in an attack on Kaiserlauten. On the way to the target a heavy electrical storm was encountered. The aircraft was struck, and the aerials were damaged. Flight Lieutenant MacDonald succeeded in locating the damage and repairing his equipment and the aircraft was able to carry on to the target.

 

Flight Lieutenant Macdonald's spirit and skill have been a great example to the rest of his Section and the squadron. He has been as valuable in his work on the ground as in the air.

 

For his consistent courage and skill through his long operational career, Flight Lieutenant Macdonald is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MacDONALD, P/O Archie (J16310) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 24 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Born in Toronto, 1921; home in Angus, Ontario; enlisted at Camp Borden, 11 August 1939. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 12 April 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 25 July 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 22 October 1941). Commissioned 1942. Cited with a P/O J.H.E. Delaney (RAF navigator). DFC presented by Governor General at Government House, 24 January 1956.

 


In July 1943, Pilot Officers MacDonald and Delaney were pilot and navigator respectively of an aircraft which attacked an enemy anti-aircraft ship off the coast of Norway. The aircraft was hit by a cannon shell and badly damaged while Pilot Officer MacDonald was wounded in the right arm and leg. Despite partial paralysis of his right arm and considerable loss of blood he, with the able assistance of Pilot Officer Delaney, flew the aircraft back to base, making a successful crash landing. Both these officers displayed skill, fortitude and resourcefulness in trying circumstances and throughout many operations have always completed their tasks with courage and efficiency.

 

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MacDONALD, F/O Donald (J88870) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.406 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 26 August 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 March 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 6 June 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942). Score with No.409 Squadron was one Ju.188 damaged (16/17 June 1944), one Ju.188 destroyed (3/4 August 1944), one Ju.188 destroyed 17/18 August 1944), all with WO Colborne as navigator. With No.406 he destroyed one Ju.188 (1/2 February 1945). Medal sent by registered mail, 11 July 1950.

 

On operational flying this officer has displayed skill, courage and determination. In the course of his operations he has destroyed three enemy aircraft and damaged another. In June 1944, he damaged an enemy aircraft in the air near St.Sauveur. On another occasion in August 1944, while over Normandy, he destroyed another aircraft after a difficult chase. On yet another occasion in February 1945 he destroyed an enemy aircraft in the air near Trier. Flying Officer MacDonald's keenness and devotion to duty have set a fine example to the squadron.

 

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MACDONALD, W/C Donald Charles Stirling (C1634) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 26 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 10 March 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944. Born in Regina, 1913. Home in Rustington, Washington. Commissioned 1940. An auction catalogue for Glending's, 7 June 1989, reported sale of his medals including an American Bronze Star plus Canadian Forces Decoration. Estimted value, 800-1,000. Reported he had flown in South-East Asia (Burma) after European tour.

 

This officer has participated in a large number of sorties and throughout has displayed great skill, determination and devotion to duty. On a recent occasion Wing Commander Macdonald led a small formation of aircraft on a sortie during which seven enemy aircraft were shot down, two of which were destroyed by Wing Commander Macdonald. The success achieved on this brilliantly executed operation reflects the greatest credit on the efforts of this officer.

 


MacDONALD, S/L Donald Charles Stirling, DFC (C1634) - Croix de Guerre with Gold Star (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. Pilot.

 

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MacDONALD, WO Donald Malcolm (R68535) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 2 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1942 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born in Fort William, Ontario, 11 June 1912 (grain elevator operator); enlisted there 29 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.2 BGS, and No.2 WS.

 

Flight Sergeant McDonald, serving as first wireless operator, has participated in a number of operational sorties. On one occasion, when attacking Essen by night, his aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire and the wireless was rendered unserviceable. Showing great presence of mind and resourcefulness he effected a repair with chewing gum. By his determination and courage Flight Sergeant McDonald has materially assisted in the successful completion of his many operational missions.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9604 has recommendation dated 24 September 1942, when he had flown 35 sorties (188 hours five minutes) which gives sortie list and a more detailed text than that published:

 

* Duty Not Carried Out (Technical Failure)

 

26 Nov 41 Ostend (3.20) 12 Apr 42 Essen (7.05)

28 Dec 41 Wilhelmshaven (5.25) 14 Apr 42 Dortmund (8.20)

6 Jan 42 Brest (6.10) 17 Apr 42 Hamburg (1.10)*

8 Jan 42 Brest (6.00) 28 Apr 42 Kiel (7.30)

10 Jan 42 Wilhelmshaven (5.20) 29 Apr 42 Ghome-Rhone Works

21 Jan 42 Bremen (5.00, bombed target (5.35)

of last resort) 4 May 42 Stuttgart (8.30)

6 Feb 42 Brest (6.40) 30 May 42 Cologne (5.10)

11 Feb 42 Brest (6.15) 1 June 42 Essen (5.00)

12 Feb 42 Scharnhorst and 2 June 42 Essen (5.00)

Gneisenau (3.05) 11 June 42 GARDENING (4.35)

12 Mar 42 Emden (5.15) 20 June 42 Emden (5.00)

13 Mar 42 Cologne (6.15) 23 June 42 GARDENING (4.20)

25 Mar 42 Essen (4.45) 25 June 42 Bremen (5.50)

27 Mar 42 St.Nazaire (5.15) 15 Aug 42 Dusseldorf (5.00)

2 Apr 42 Poissy (6.00) 27 Aug 42 Kassel (5.50)

5 Apr 42 Cologne (6.00) 28 Aug 42 Nuremburg (4.20)*

8 Apr 42 Hamburg (7.05) 10 Sept 42 Dusseldorf (4.35)

10 Apr 42 Essen (1.15)* 14 Sept 42 Bremen (5.35)

 


Since being posted to this squadron, Flight Sergeant MacDonald, who is a Canadian, has taken part in 35 operational sorties, on each of which he has been first wireless operator.

 

He has at all times proved himself to be a most determined and cool member of his crew. He reliability and his presence of mind when under fire, together with his quiet cheerfulness and self-confidence in face of danger have set a fine example to his crew and the squadron as a whole.

 

On 12th February 1942 he took part in the daylight attack on the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. His captain circled the ships at 500 feet for 30 minutes in spite of very heavy opposition with the result that the aircraft was hit many times. With complete disregard for danger and great coolness, Flight Sergeant MacDonald maintained touch with the Multi-Frequency Direction Finding Station at Sealand getting many fixes to indicate the position of the ships.

 

On another occasion while attacking Essen on the night of 25th March, his aircraft was damaged by flak, which resulted in loss of petrol and the unserviceability of the wireless and TR.9. With great presence of mind and hard work under most trying and anxious conditions, Flight Sergeant MacDonald repaired the set with chewing gum and obtained three QDMs which greatly assisted his captain in reaching England speedily and forced landing safely at Horsham St.Faith before his petrol ran out.

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has a fine offensive spirit under a quiet and unassuming manner. His outstanding ability and strong sense of duty together with his complete disregard of danger have set a fine example to his fellow aircrew and I most strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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MacDONALD, F/O Donald Montague (J26713) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1923 in Trail, British Columbia; home there (labourer); enlisted Calgary, 4 August 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 January 1943), No.2 BGS (graduated 8 April 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 28 May 1943. Commissioned May 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8750 has recommendation dated 14 April 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties - 31 successful - from 30 July 1944 to 22 March 1945 (198 hours 50 minutes). Sortie list (including times) identical to that of Warrant Officer Herbert Middleton (almost certainly in same crew).

 

30 Jul 44 Cahagnes (5.00) 18 Dec 44 Gydnia (10.10)

31 Jul 44 Joigny Laroche (5.30) 28 Dec 44 Oslo Fiord (7.00)

1 Aug 44 Mont Condon (4.30) 12 Jan 45 Bergen (7.50)


2 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.45) 16 Jan 45 Brux Synthetic Oil

3 Aug 44 Trossy (4.25) Plant (9.25)

5 Aug 44 Etaples Bridge (3.30) 3 Feb 45 Ijmuiden (3.20)

7 Aug 44 Lorient (4.45), 6 Feb 45 Altenbeken (5.50)

unsuccessful 3 Mar 45 Dortmund-Ems Canal

16 Aug 44 La Pallice (6.20) (5.30)

18 Aug 44 La Pallice (6.05) 6 Mar 45 Sassnitz (9.45)

23 Sep 44 Munster (5.10) 7 Mar 45 Hamburg (6.05)

27 Sep 44 Kaiserlautern (6.45) 13 Mar 45 Arnsberg (6.25)

15 Oct 44 Sorpe Dam (5.40) 14 Mar 45 Arnsberg (5.35)

19 Oct 44 Nuremburg (7.25) 15 Mar 45 Arnsberg (6.45)

29 Oct 44 Tirpitz (6.00) 19 Mar 45 Vlotho (6.10)

26 Nov 44 Munich (9.45) 20 Mar 45 Nienburg (5.00)

11 Dec 44 Urft Dam (4.40) 22 Mar 45 Bremen (4.35)

17 Dec 44 Munich (9.10)

 

This officer has completed his first tour of 31 sorties as Air Bomber. Included in the many heavily defended targets which he has attacked are Nuremburg, Munich (2), Bremen, Hamburg and the Tirpitz. He has attacked many of the daylight precision targets often in the face of very heavy opposition. He took part in the second attack on the battleship Tirpitz and despite the difficulties of smoke and cloud successfully pressed home his attack.

 

Flying Officer MacDonald's crew have frequently been called upon to find a bombing wind in the vicinity of the target, a task requiring considerable skill and upon which the whole success of the attack depends. His aircraft has on these occasions been one of a specially picked force, and the success of many of the attacks carried out by his squadron have been attributable in a large measure to the accuracy of the winds found.

 

At all times he has taken the greatest care to bomb accurately and has frequently made several runs over precision targets, when smoke or cloud have obscured his aim. On occasions, rather than bomb inaccurately, he has returned with his bomb load.

 

Flying Officer MacDonald has always shown the greatest keenness to operate and has proved himself to be a skilful member of a sound operational crew. By his unconquerable spirit of determination to achieve his objective he has played a large part in the outstanding successes of his squadron.

 

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MacDONALD, F/L Douglas Allister (J14691) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.630 Squadron - Award effective 28 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Born 1923; home in Rockglenn, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina, 23 September 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.16 EFTS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1942. Presented 28 February 1946.

 

Flight Lieutenant MacDonald is a highly skilled and most determined pilot, who has taken part in very many attacks on targets important to the enemy's war effort. He has displayed a high degree of courage and resolution in pressing home his attacks, qualities which have earned him much success. One night in November 1943, Flight Lieutenant MacDonald piloted an aircraft detailed to attack a target in central Germany. Before reaching the target one engine of his aircraft became useless. Despite this, and in the face of extremely trying weather, Flight Lieutenant MacDonald completed his task successfully. His achievement was most commendable.

 

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MacDONALD, LAC Gerald William (R200388) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Flight Engineer School - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born at Bruce Mines, Ontario, 10 October 1917. Educated in Timmins; employed by McIntyre Porcupine Mines at Schumacher, Ontario. Enlisted in North Bay, 28 January 1943. Instrument Mechanic. Medal sent by registered mail, 15 April 1946.

 

Leading Aircraftman MacDonald, in company with a group of skilled technicians, devoted many hours of his normal leisure time to the design, manufacture, test and improvement of certain electrical and instrument training devices needed for flight engineer instruction. The "mock-ups", built mainly from scrap material, filled a vital need during the earlier days of flight engineer training, when no spare parts for heavy bomber types existed in Canada. Leading Aircraftman MacDonald's work was motivated, not from any thought of reward but from a deeply rooted sense of duty and pride of accomplishment in doing his best to promote efficiency in his section. His devotion to duty and keen interest and application have contributed greatly to the training of flight engineers.

 

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MACDONALD, F/L Gordon Webster (J15099) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.82 Squadron - Award effective 11 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born Wanham, Alberta, 1921; home there; enlisted in Edmonton, 27 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 31 October 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 22 December 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 17 March 1941). Commissioned 1941. Presented 13 November 1948.

 


This officer has taken part in operations both in the European and Middle East theatres of war. On one occasion, when participating in a low level shipping attack, the port engine of his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and the propeller fell off. Nevertheless, with great determination, he pressed home the attack and flew the damaged bomber safely back to base on one engine. During the last six months Flight Lieutenant Macdonald has flown on a large number of bombing attacks against the Japanese in Burma. He has often led the formation in adverse weather and, by his resolution, zeal and courage, has contributed in no small measure to the successes achieved by his squadron.

 

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MacDONALD, F/O Harold Martyn (J21612) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.630 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944. Born 1923 in Drumheller, Alberta; home in West Vancouver; enlisted in Vancouver, 13 January 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942), No.2 AOS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.5 BGS (graduated 23 October 1942). Commissioned 1942. DFC presented 29 July 1947. No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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MacDONALD, F/L Harry Burns (J15644) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 May 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Born in Florence (province ?), 1915. Home in Sackville, New Brunswick; enlisted in Halifax, 18 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 26 February 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 27 July 1941. Flew two tours. Commissioned 1942.

 

Flight Lieutenant MacDonald has completed a large number of operational sorties against the enemy's most heavily defended targets. On all occasions he has displayed skill and determination of the highest order.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has recommendation dated 20 March 1943 when he had flown 30 sorties (158 operational hours):

 

21 Jan 42 Emden 6 Aug 42 Duisburg

13 Mar 42 Boulogne 24 Aug 42 Frankfurt

8 Apr 42 Hamburg 28 Aug 42 Nuremburg

14 Apr 42 Essen 2 Sept 42 Karlsruhe

29 May 42 Gennevilliers 6 Sept 42 Duisburg

30 May 42 Cologne 13 Oct 42 Kiel

1 June 42 Essen 9 Nov 42 Hamburg

25 June 42 Bremen 20 Nov 42 Turin

27 June 42 Le Mans 28 Nov 42 Turin


29 June 42 Tours 6 Dec 42 Mannheim

2 July 42 Bremen 20 Dec 42 Duisburg

8 July 42 Wilhelmshaven 30 Jan 43 Hamburg

13 July 42 Duisburg 11 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven

31 July 42 Dusseldorf 14 Feb 43 Cologne

4 Aug 42 Essen 19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven

 

Flight Lieutenant MacDonald has completed a large number of successful attacks against the heaviest and most hotly defended targets. He has invariably returned with clockwork regularity having successfully bombed his target. On several occasions recently he has operated in a most important role showing the same skill and success. In recognition, Flight Lieutenant MacDonald is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

This was duly endorsed by the Officer Commanding, Station Wyton (22 March 1943) and by the Air Officer Commanding, No.8 Group (28 March 1943).

 

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MacDONALD, F/L Harry Deane (J15467) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 25 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 4 June 1943 and AFRO 1187/43 dated 25 June 1943. Born in Toronto, 16 November 1919. Enlisted there 16 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 January 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1941), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 16 May 1941). Arrived in UK, 17 July 1941. Further trained at Nos.61 and 54 OTU. No.401 Squadron, 30 October 1941 to 1 May 1942. At No.53 OTU, 1 May to 6 December 1942. No.402 Squadron, 20-23 December 1942 and No.401 Squadron, 24 December 1942 to 16 August 1943. Returned to Canada, 25 August 1943 but back in UK, 16 October 1943. To No.401 Squadron on 28 October 1943; killed in action 30 November 1943. Biography appears in Fall 1971 issue of the Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society. DFC and Bar sent to wife, 17 March 1947. Credited with the following victories: 12 February 1942, one Bf.109 damaged (Spitfire AA973); 20 January 1943, two FW.190s damaged (BS172); 8 March 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (BS172); 3 April 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (BS534); 3 April 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (BS534); 13 May 1943, one Bf.109 damaged (BS534); 14 May 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (BS534); 15 May 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed plus one Bf.109 damaged (BS534); 1 June 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (joint squadron victory, BS534); 15 June 1943, one FW.190 probably destroyed (BS534); 24 June 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (BS288); 6 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (MA575); 15 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (MA575, shared with another pilot). Photo PL-19500 is a studio portrait; PL-19226 with High Godefroy; PL-19227 seated in Spitfire "York Memorial".

 

This officer, who has participated in a very large number of sorties, is an excellent flight commander. In addition to destroying five enemy aircraft, Flight Lieutenant MacDonald has damaged three locomotives and executed vigorous attacks on other targets. He has invariable displayed outstanding keenness.


MacDONALD, F/L Harry Deane (J15467) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 26 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 3 September 1943 and AFRO 2049/43 dated 8 October 1943.

 

Flight Lieutenant MacDonald, acting as deputy squadron commander, has destroyed three enemy aircraft and damaged others since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He has led the squadron on ten occasions and the wing once and displayed fine leadership and gallantry. He has destroyed at least eight enemy aircraft.

 

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MacDONALD, F/L Harvey William (J14099) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 30 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1921 in Hamilton, Ontario; home there; enlisted there 19 September 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. DFC presented 22 June 1949. Postwar doctor; died in Willowdale, Ontario, 20 January 2000.

 

This officer has completed very many sorties involving attacks against various enemy targets. A highly efficient pilot and a resourceful captain, this officer has shown the greatest determination to complete his missions successfully, setting a most praiseworthy example.

 

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MacDONALD, S/L Jack Thorold (J15821) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.406 Squadron - Award effective 23 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 2 March 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Born 1916 in Montreal; home in Valois, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 24 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 December 1940, No.11 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 28 March 1942). Commissioned 1942. DFC presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949.

 

Squadron Leader MacDonald has completed two tours of operational duty during which his flight has achieved many successes under his excellent leadership. He has destroyed five trains and three vehicles in addition to the probable destruction of one enemy aircraft. In June 1944, during an attack against an armoured car, his aircraft was severely damaged. Undaunted, Squadron Leader MacDonald pressed home his attack and set the vehicle on fire. Despite bad weather he succeeded in flying his crippled aircraft safely back to base. Squadron Leader MacDonald's fine fighting spirit, courage and devotion to duty at all times have been most praiseworthy.

 

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MacDONALD, F/L John Alexander (J14526) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.13 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 11 September 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 14 March 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 6 June 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1942). Certificate sent 5 July 1945.

 

This officer has been employed as a flying instructor and flight commander at this unit for about two years. He has devoted himself to his duty in a manner above the average; his efforts and example have contributed very largely to the efficient operation of the training wing.

 

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MacDONALD, F/L John Bernard (J24124) - Mention in Despatches - No.14 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Sydney, Nova Scotia, 11 June 1922; enlisted there 18 December 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated and commissioned 5 March 1943). Attended No.1 General Reconnaissance School, Summerside, 12 March to 12 June 1943. Arrived in United Kingdom, 1 July 1943; to No.14 Advanced Flying Unit, 27 July 1943; to No.6 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit, 31 August 1943. Promoted Flying Officer, 5 September 1943. Left United Kingdom for Mediterranean, 4 October 1943. Posted to No.14 Squadron, 15 November 1943 to uncertain date; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 January 1945. Repatriated to Canada, 2 August 1945; released 20 September 1945. Certificate sent 16 August 1948.

 

On a form dated 8 July 1945 he stated he had flown 327 hours 55 minutes on operations (53 sorties, the last being on 8 May 1945, although elsewhere these is the suggestion that he left No.14 Squadron about 13 October 1944) plus 368 hours 45 minutes non-operational time. He had flown the following types: Marauder (352.10); Wellington (304.00); Oxford (40.30).

 

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MacDONALD, W/C John Kennedy Francis (C890) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.6 Group (now No.432 Squadron) - Award effective 19 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 5 January 1917 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia; home there. Enlisted and commissioned in Halifax, 7 November 1938. Trained at Trenton and Camp Borden, 1938-1939. To No.10 (BR) Squadron, November 1939 (Canteen Officer). On course at Trenton, February to May 1940. With No.8 (BR) Squadron, May 1940 to December 1942 holding down such diverse tasks as Flight Training Officer, Photo Officer, and detachment commander. During this time he rose from Flying Officer to Squadron Leader. To No.149 (TB) Squadron, December 1942. To Halifax, May 1943, reporting in UK, June 1943. Further trained at No.18 (P) AFU (Oxfords, 1 October 1943 to 1 January 1944), No.23 OTU (Wellingtons, 1 January to 28 February 1944), and No.1659 HCU (Halifaxes, 28 February to 29 April 1944). Reported to No.432 Squadron, April 1944 to become familiarized with bomber operations, commencing operations on 29 April 1944. To No.432 Squadron as Wing Commander and CO, 30 May 1944. Shot down by night fighter, 26/27 July 1944, evaded, regaining Allied lines on 14 August 1944; returned to UK, 20 August 1944. To No.6 Group Headquarters, September 1944. Although entitled to leave in Canada, he declined this for early return to operations. There being nothing in his escape that prevented this, he was returned to No.432 Squadron, October 1944, continuing on operations until February 1945 when he was appointed Base Operations Officer, No.63 Base, and subsequently CO Station Middleton St.George. To Canada, July 1945. DFC presented 2 November 1946. Remained in postwar RCAF; reverting from Group Captain to Wing Commander. At No.2 Air Command, Winnipeg, November 1945 to March 1947. Attended RCAF Staff College. In September 1947 he was posted to North West Air Command Headquarters, Edmonton (Staff Officer Personnel Administration). To Station Sea Island, May 1949. To NWAC as Staff Officer Selection and Manning, July 1949. To Air Transport Command Headquarters, Rockcliffe, July 1950; to Station Lachine as CO, March 1951; to No.426 Squadron as CO, March 1951 to August 1952. Promoted to Group Captain; to No.1 Air Division, August 1952; to AFHQ (Director Air Plans and Programmes), December 1952 to February 1956 when he was took refresher flying training at Station Chatham. To No.3 (F) Wing, Zweibrucken, April 1956 to July 1960. AFHQ (Director of Air Policy), July 1960 to September 1963. Attended National Defence College, Kingston. To AFHQ (Director, Senior Appointments, Air Force), July 1964 to July 1965. Promoted to Air Commodore and assigned supervisory duties over training. To Training Command Headquarters, Winnipeg, January 1966 (Chief of Staff Support Services); to Maritime Command Headquarters, January 1967 (Commander, Maritime Operation Test and Evaluation Unit); Commenced released proceedings, May 196; honourably released, January 1970. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 6 November 1953. No citation other than that in air operations he had "displayed outstanding bravery, fortitude and devotion to duty, setting an example of a high order." DHist file 181.009 D.1513 (RG.24 Vol.20600) has recommendation for immediate award dated 19 November 1944 when he had flown 22 sorties (98 hours 55 minutes).

 

On the night of 25/26 of July 1944, while flying on a bombing mission to Stuttgart, Wing Commander MacDonald and crew were attacked by an enemy fighter over France. Their aircraft was set on fire and the flying controls were so badly damaged that the aircraft was almost unmanageable. Wing Commander MacDonald, by superb pilotage, and despite intense heat from the fire, managed to keep the aircraft on an even keel before his crew took to their parachutes.

 

Before this operation, Wing Commander MacDonald has flown many sorties against some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets. He has led his squadron in an exemplary manner and has won, by his inspiring leadership, the confidence and great respect of all personnel associated with him.

 

After skilfully evading the enemy in France, he returned to this country. Waiving aside home leave, he elected to continue with his tour immediately. He is now once again commanding his old squadron and, as its commander, is an inspiring example and the personification of leadership and spirit.

 

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MacDONALD, F/O John Robert (J16282) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.98 Squadron - Award effective 18 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 1917 in Calgary; home there (bank employee); enlisted in Edmonton, 11 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 February 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 15 July 1941). Commissioned 1942. Flew two tours. DFC presented 11 September 1946.

 

Throughout two tours of operational duty Flying Officer MacDonald has displayed outstanding ability and great courage. He has led many attacks against important and well defended targets, pressing home his attacks in the face of heavy enemy opposition. A reliable and courageous pilot, this officer has achieved many successes.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9045 has recommendation dated 10 November 1944 when he had flown 51 sorties (138 hours 45 minutes) with some added details:

 

This officer has completed two tours of operations, the second of which lasted two months, during which period he carried out 32 operations. Flying Officer MacDonald has led many attacks against important, well defended targets, in the course of which he has always shown great determination in pressing home the attacks, many times in the face of heavy enemy opposition. In view of this officer's outstanding ability and courage I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

To this, on 13 November 1944, G/C C.R. Dunlap adds:

 

This officer, throughout his second tour of operations, was employed on numerous occasions as Formation Leader. His ability to fulfil this role was second to none, and he was untiring in his efforts to achieve accuracy during attack, and to eliminate all possible causes of error. He at all times took a keen and watchful interest in those who flew under his leadership, and through his careful consideration in this direction he established a fine spirit of goodwill and loyalty amongst the members of the Flight. In recognition of his meritorious service I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MACDONALD, F/L Joseph Albain (J22550) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1913 in North Bedeque, Prince Edward Island; home there or Ottawa; enlisted Ottawa, 16 September 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 15 January 1942), No.6 AOS (graduated 25 Aril 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 6 June 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 July 1942). Commissioned 1942. DFC presented 2 December 1946. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 11 July 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (26 of them successful) totalling 169 operational hours, 11 June 1943 to 24 June 1944.

 

11 June 43 Dusseldorf 15 Feb 44 Berlin

12 June 43 Bochum 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart

14 June 43 Oberhausen 25 Feb 44 Augsburg

21 June 43 Krefeld 1 Mar 44 Stuttgart

28 June 43 Cologne 22 Apr 44 Brunswick

15 Aug 43 Milan 24 Apr 44 Munich

23 Aug 43 Berlin 29 Apr 44 Bordeaux

31 Aug 43 Berlin 28 May 44 St.Germaine

17 Sept 43 Anthedr Viaduct 3 June 44 Ferme d'Urville

1 Oct 43 Hagen 6 June 44 Argentan

8 Oct 43 Hanover 19 June 44 Wattel (recalled)

23 Dec 43 Berlin 21 June 44 Gelsenkirchen

20 Jan 44 Berlin 24 June 44 Pas de Calais

27 Jan 44 Berlin

 

Flight Lieutenant Macdonald has completed 26 successful sorties, including attacks on Berlin (six times), Dusseldorf, Cologne, Hanover, Stuttgart, Augsburg, Brunswick and Munich. He has been actively engaged in operations for over a year, during the greater part of which time he has filled with outstanding success the appointment of Bombing Leader of the squadron.

 

He has always shown calm courage in pressing home his attacks and his skill and devotion to duty have been a fine example to his Section. For his unfailing enthusiasm and excellent leadership over a long period of operations, coupled with his skill and courage in the face of the enemy he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MacDONALD, F/O Kenneth Archibald (J85326) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1915 in Cobalt, Ontario; home in Brampton, Ontario. Served in Royal Canadian Engineers. Enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 13 September 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943). Commissioned 1944. DFC sent by registered mail, 10 March 1949. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation dated 18 August 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (184 hours 35 minutes), 10 November 1943 to 25 July 1944 (98 "points").

 


This officer has completed a total of thirty-five operations, several of which have been to heavily defended German cities. He has at all times displayed the highest degree of courage. His cheerful, quiet manner, his high degree of skill and his great devotion to duty have been an example to all crews.

 

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MacDONALD, F/L Leonard Vincent (J27213) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.2 ANS - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Enlisted in Montreal, 18 September, 1939. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 10 January 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943).

 

Flight Lieutenant MacDonald has been on the strength of this unit for the last twelve months, during which time he has served continuously as Deputy Flight Commander and Flight Commander. His ability as a pilot is above the average and as an officer he has shown sterling qualities of leadership and ability. In his work he has displayed unusual thoroughness, efficiency and reliability, seldom found in one man, and by his conduct and example he has set a very high standard for those under his command.

 

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MacDONALD, F/L Malcolm William (J25401) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1917 in Stornoway, Quebec; home in Fitch Bay, Stanstead County, Quebec (bank clerk); enlisted in Ottawa, 15 June 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. DFC presented 5 October 1947. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". Photo UK-18899 shows him in a group. Public Records Office Air 2/9081 has recommendation dated 18 March 1945 when he had flown 40 sorties (203 hours). NOTE: Sortie sheet not sent from England.

 

Flight Lieutenant MacDonald has taken part in forty operations against Germany and enemy occupied territory. He has attacked such heavily defended targets as Chemnitz, Magdeburg, Saarbrucken, etc.

 

He is an excellent pilot who has shown throughout his tour a fine determination to reach his objective and press home his attack. His outstanding ability and strong sense of duty has set a fine example to his fellows. It is considered that his record and achievement merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MacDONALD, Sergeant Murray Dale (R64932) - British Empire Medal - No.2 ANS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 8 January 1916 in Moncton, New Brunswick. Auto salesman before war. Enlisted in Moncton, 22 August 1940. Aero engine mechanic. Medal sent by registered mail. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.

 

This non-commissioned officer, an outstanding aero engine mechanic, has, through his ceaseless efforts, maintained this unit's aircraft engines in perfect condition. He has contributed many excellent ideas which have been adopted. A tireless worker, he has given much of his normal after-duty time towards the improvement of his section. By his splendid devotion to duty, initiative and efficiency he has made a valuable contribution to the training of aircrew carried out at this school.

 

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MacDONALD, F/O Norman Daniel (J86993) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.640 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born January 1916 in London, Ontario; home there (clerk). Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 14 May 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 14 April 1942). Commissioned June 1944. Medal presented 14 June 1949.

 

Flying Officer Macdonald has completed a large number of operational sorties. Many of his attacks have been made against strongly defended targets such as Cologne, Salerno, Taranto, Magdeburg, Essen and Duisburg. On one occasion during a night attack against Chemnitz his aircraft was damaged severely by anti-aircraft fire which rendered the rear turret and the inter-communication system unserviceable. His aircraft was intercepted by an enemy fighter which made repeated attacks. The fighter was beaten off largely owing to the vigilance and ability of this officer who handled his guns with cool determination and gave clear and concise directions to his captain. Throughout his operational career this officer has displayed a fine fighting spirit and his courage and skill have been worthy of the highest praise.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9137 has recommendation dated 4 May 1945 which has sortie list and a more extended description of his career. He had flown 62 sorties (379 hours 12 minutes). A first tour lasted from 1 January 1943 to 13 August 1943 (29 sorties, 174 hours 20 minutes) but is not itemized on the document. Remaining sorties are listed; those flown 2 October to 18 November were with No.424 Squadron; balance with No.640 Squadron:

 

No.424 Squadron No.640 Squadron

 

2 Oct 43 Naples (5.40) 5 Dec 44 Soest (6.34)

3 Oct 43 Cozena (5.25) 12 Dec 43 Essen (5.14)


5 Oct 43 Taranto 17 Dec 43 Duisburg (6.02)

7 Oct 43 Florence (8.45) 27 Dec 44 Opladen (5.15)

10 Oct 43 Porto-Sivitanova (5.35) 29 Dec 44 Koblenz (6.01)

13 Oct 43 Naples (5.40) 14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (6.37)

15 Oct 43 Ortona (6.05) 16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (5.34)

18 Oct 43 Rimini (4.55) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (7.33)

20 Oct 43 Cagliarri (4.45) 2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.25)

25 Oct 43 Arezzo (5.15) 4 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.15)

28 Oct 43 Pistora (5.45) 13 Feb 45 Bohlen (7.57)

30 Oct 43 Bologna (8.05) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (8.21)

3 Nov 43 St.Severo (5.00) 27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.25)

10 Nov 43 Salerno (6.20) 3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.14)

15 Nov 43 Naples aerodrome (5.40) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.44)

18 Nov 43 Salerno railway 15 Mar 45 Hagen (5.57)

junctions (6.10) 24 Mar 45 Gladbeck (5.44)

 

Flying Officer MacDonald has now completed 62 major operations as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner in Bomber Command. Forty-six of these sorties were flown from Great Britain, and 16 when he was based in North Africa, these latter sorties being made against Italy's most strongly fortified targets such as Bologna, Salerno, Taranto, Ortona, etc.

 

He has completed 17 sorties with No.640 Squadron, consisting of attacks on such distant and heavily defended targets in Germany as Stuttgart, Chemnitz (twice), Magdeburg, Essen, Duisburg, etc. Throughout his operational career this officer has displayed a fine offensive spirit, and his courage, skill and determination in action have been an inspiration to his squadron.

 

During a night attack on Chemnitz in February 1945, Flying Officer MacDonald was flying as mid-upper gunner when his Halifax aircraft was severely damaged by an anti-aircraft fire [burst] which rendered the rear turret and intercommunication system unserviceable. Shortly after leaving the target his aircraft was intercepted by an enemy fighter which made repeated attacks, but due entirely to the vigilance and ability of Flying Officer MacDonald, who handled his guns with cool determination and gave clear and concise directions to his captain by means of the emergency system, the fighter was beaten off.

 

For his fine record of achievement, dogged determination and devotion to duty, it is recommended that Flying Officer MacDonald be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MacDONALD, F/O Norman James (J26108) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.57 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1921 in Marble Mountain, Nova Scotia; home there (but large white card at DHist gives home as Vancouver). Enlisted in Vancouver, 4 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1942). Commissioned 1943. DFC presented 27 March 1949. Died in Toronto, 21 November 1997. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 19 October 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties totalling 189 hours 30 minutes.

 

2 June 44 Saumur (6.05) 2 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximim (4.15)

3 June 44 Ferme d'Urville (3.50) 3 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximim (4.20)

4 June 44 Maisy (4.05) 5 Aug 44 St.Leu d'Esserent (4.25)

5 June 44 La Pernelle (4.30) 25 Aug 44 Darmstadt (8.40)

7 June 44 Cerisy (4.40) 26 Aug 44 Konigsberg (10.45)

9 June 44 Etampes (4.30) 29 Aug 44 Konigsberg (11.05)

12 Jun 44 Caen (4.40) 2 Sept 44 Brest (5.25)

27 Jun 44 Mimoyecques (3.05) 9 Sept 44 Munchen (4.30)

4 July 44 St.Leu d'Esserent (4.05) 11 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.55)

7 July 44 St.Leu d'Esserent (4.35) 11 Sep 44 Stuttgart (7.00)

12 Jul 44 Chaumont (8.30) 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (3.20)

14 Jul 44 Villeneuve (7.05) 18 Sep 44 Bremerhaven (4.25)

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.25) 19 Sep 44 Munchen (4.20)

25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.50) 23 Sep 44 Handorf (5.15)

28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.25) 29 Sep 44 Karlsruhe (7.05)

30 Jul 44 Aunay-sur-Odon (5.10) 7 Oct 44 Flushing (2.45)

31 Jul 44 Joigny (5.25)

 

Flying Officer MacDonald has completed 33 sorties against heavily defended targets in Germany, including Stuttgart four times, Konigsberg twice, Munchen Gladbach twice, Darmstadt, Karlsruhe, Bremerhaven, also against targets by day and by night in enemy occupied territory.

 

On all of these attacks he has shown himself to be an outstanding pilot and captain of aircraft. On two occasions the aircraft in which he was flying was coned by searchlights while on its bombing run up to the target. Nevertheless, Flying Officer MacDonald continued his bombing run and photographic evidence shows that on both occasions he successfully bombed the aiming point. Other photographs show that on nearly every occasion he has successfully bombed the target for which he has been detailed.

 


This officer has been an outstanding captain of aircraft. He has always taken a keen interest in his crew and has personally supervised their training and physical fitness. Due to his enthusiasm and interest in his crew, Flying Officer MacDonald has completed a very successful tour of operations without any outstanding incidents. His devotion to duty and determination to press home attacks on every occasion have been an inspiration to other captains in the squadron. He is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MacDONALD, P/O (now F/O) Ralph James (J13471) - Air Force Cross - No.8 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 9 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 25 February 1920. Enlisted in Vancouver, 26 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.8 EFTS and No.4 SFTS. Meal presented 16 April 1043. The following citation found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file for 1943.

 

For fifteen months Pilot Officer MacDonald has been an aggressive instructor, producing outstanding pilots of good quality. He has completed 1,160 hours flying during his employment as an instructor a has displayed splendid devotion to duty and keenness for the job in hand.

 

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MacDONALD, Sergeant Robert James (R140676) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2437/43 dated 26 November 1943. Born in Basswoood, Manitoba, 1920; home there (farmer); enlisted Winnipeg, 13 November 1941. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 14 August 1942). Medal sent by registered mail.

 

More than half of the sorties completed by this airman have been raids on the heavily defended industrial centres in the Ruhr area. He has proved himself throughout to be a keen and capable air gunner whose vigilance and devotion to duty have helped not only to ensure the safety of his crew and aircraft but also to achieve success on many sorties by careful and determined attention to his guns. Both before and during operations he has taken pains to ensure that no failure should occur.

 

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MacDONALD, WO2 (now P/O) Robert William (R64946/J37357) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette and London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 10 April 1922 at Jacksonville, New Brunswick. Home in Woodstock, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 24 August 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 26 May 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 24 June 1941). Killed in flying accident, Liberator 3701 of No.10 (BR) Squadron, 20 October 1943.

 


Warrant Officer MacDonald by his great skill and perseverance has established a reputation as an outstanding Wireless Operator. His operational record is extensive and he has at all times displayed keenness, devotion to duty and willingness to work under any and all conditions.

 

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MacDONALD, F/L Roderick Wray (J9156) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 20 June 1945 as per London Gazette dated 29 June 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Born 1921 in Victoria; home in Toronto (lab assistant). Formerly in Royal Canadian Engineers. Enlisted in Toronto, 6 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 15 September 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 27 October 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 25 November 1941). Commissioned 1941. Invested with DFC by Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, in Vancouver, 29 January 1947.

 

As navigator, Flight Lieutenant MacDonald has taken part in a large number of operational missions. On one occasion in October 1944, during an attack on an airfield in Czechoslovakia, he shared with his pilot in the destruction of three enemy aircraft and damaged three others. In addition he has participated in the destruction of one flying bomb and twenty-two transport vehicles as well as causing considerable damage to the enemy's lines of communication. Throughout his operational career this officer has displayed outstanding navigational ability and a fine fighting spirit.

 

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MacDONALD, F/L Shirley Graeme Kenney (C3564) - Commemorative Medal (Norway) - effective 3 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. Repeated, Canada Gazette dated 12 June 1948 and AFRO 371/48. Card at DHist says effective 15 February 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 23 December 1940.

 

MacDONALD, F/L Shirley Graeme Kenny (C3564) - King Haakron VII's Medal of Liberation (Norway) - Awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 12 June 1948 and AFRO 384/48 dated 18 June 1948. Administrative Officer.

 

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MacDONALD, FS Simon (R50938) - British Empire Medal - No.15 Service Flying Training School - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per RCAF Routine Order 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Nova Scotia; educated at Margaree Harbour Public School. Enlisted in Edmonton, 2 February 1940. Medal presented 15 January 1945.

 


This NCO has displayed most excellent sense of airmanship throughout his many duties. In charge of workshops, he has successfully completed many projects which are a great asset to his unit and a credit to himself. He has exceptional ability which is combined with a high sense of responsibility.

 

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MacDONALD, F/O Stewart (J36834) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1912 in Little Sands, Prince Edward Island; home there (teacher); enlisted in Truro, Nova Scotia, 19 August 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned 1943. Presented 7 April 1948. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.W. Gall dated 21 March 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (191 hours 45 minutes), 27 August 1844 to 21 February 1945.

 

The dauntless courage, determination and great devotion to duty shown by this officer have been an inspiration to all. Despite suffering from air sickness on every operation he has insisted on carrying on and has displayed a high degree of skill and ability as a navigator and by his efforts contributed to a major degree to the successful bombing by his crew of many heavily defended and extremely important targets. During his thirty-one operations his main objective was to press on and further the interest of the squadron, ignoring his personal feelings.

 

For extreme devotion to duty and great determination, I recommend the non-immediate award of the D.F.C.

 

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MacDONALD, F/O William Hamilton Kennedy (J86834) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1920 in Vancouver; home there; educated at University of British Columbia (lumber exporter); enlisted in Vancouver, 13 July 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned May 1944. Presented 29 May 1947.

 


This officer has completed numerous missions against heavily defended targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory. In October 1944, while returning from a sortie against Cologne, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter. Flying Officer MacDonald displayed outstanding skill in outmanoeuvreing the attacker but was shortly afterwards engaged by another enemy aircraft. Although the guns in both of the turrets were unserviceable, this gallant and resourceful officer took violent evasive action and one more outwitted the hostile aircraft. On another occasion when his bomber had been damaged by anti-aircraft fire and the windshield shattered, despite the intense cold, Flying Officer MacDonald returned safely to base where he executed a masterly landing. At all times during an outstanding tour this officer has displayed exceptional skill and courage.

 

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MACDONNELL, Corporal Melville Brailey (R101790) - Mention in Despatches - No.431 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.64 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Souris, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 1 May 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation drafted 26 July 1944 by G/C D.M. Edwards, CO Station Croft.

 

This NCO enlisted May 1941, and has served in the United Kingdom since August 1943, and has filled the position of Corporal in his trade for the last sixteen months. This NCO has served as Armourer with the squadron for the past four months. His qualities of leadership and exemplary efforts, despite adverse conditions and long hours of work, have been an inspiration to his Section and have produced most efficient and praiseworthy results.

 

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MacDONNELL, F/L Peter Logie Parkin (J6164) - Mention in Despatches - No.223 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 28 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 February 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 3 May 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 14 July 1941).

 

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MacDOUGALL, W/C Gordon Archibald (C2351) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there, 10 July 1940. Presented 29 May 1947.

 

As Senior Accountant Officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force United Kingdom Base Accounts Unit, this officer was primarily responsible for the initial organization of the pay accounts at that unit, in such a manner that an efficient and sympathetic service to Royal Canadian Air Force personnel serving overseas was achieved. Recently, as Senior Accountant Liaison Officer, his efforts have resulted in the institution of a uniform organization in the various accounting formations overseas. His conscientiousness and effective efforts are of exceptional merit.

 

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MACELWAIN, F/L James Robert (J20004) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.2 Squadron - Award effective 27 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 8 May 1945 and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945. Born 1923 in Chipman, New Brunswick; home in Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 5 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 February 1942), No.1 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942). Commissioned 1942. DFC presented 17 August 1949.

 

Flight Lieutenant Macelwain has successfully completed numerous low level photographic sorties and tactical reconnaissances. In the course of these operations he has inflicted considerable damage on the enemy's river transport, trains and mechanical transport and destroyed two flying bombs. His aircraft has been hit on seven occasions but he has never let either enemy opposition or adverse weather deter him from completing his mission. At dawn on D-Day Flight Lieutenant Macelwain completed several naval bombardment shots [shoots ?] at low level over the French coast despite continuous anti-aircraft fire for more than two hours. He neutralized three guns and only returned to base through lack of fuel. Soon after landing this officer took off again and flew another two hours over the heavily defended coast where he neutralized more enemy guns. Throughout his operational career this officer has displayed a high standard of efficiency and a fine fighting spirit.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9078 has recommendation (not sure of date) stating he had flown 120 sorties (174 hours 30 minutes). The recommendation is somewhat more detailed and worthy quoting for comparative reasons.

 

Flight Lieutenant Macelwain is in every way an outstanding operational pilot. He has successfully led numerous low level photographic sorties of aerodromes, Noball targets, beach defences, bridges on the Seine and Maas, taking his photographs whatever the opposition with a complete disregard for his personal safety.

 

He has flown a number of Ranger operations. Over half of his sorties have been Tactical Reconnaissances. These he carried ut with meticulous care, and much enemy material has been destroyed as a result of his reports. He himself has destroyed or damaged five ships and barges, eight trains, two flying bombs and over thirty mechanical transport.

 

On over eighty of his sorties he has met flak or fighter opposition but not once have they prevented him from completing his tasks. He has been hit on no less than seven occasions but has brought his aircraft back to base, landing it without further damage.

 

At dawn on D-Day Flight Lieutenant Macelwain took off to carry out naval bombardment shoots on the French coast; his No.2 had to return to base shortly after takeoff. Nevertheless he went on alone. Owing to low cloud, he flew at 1,500 feet over the coast directing the gunfire in spite of continuous flak for more than two hours. He neutralized three guns and only returned through lack of fuel. Soon after he had landed he took off again and flew another two hours over the coast and neutralized more guns again, in spite of continuous flak.


Flight Lieutenant Macelwain has displayed a standard of efficiency and offensive spirit of the highest order.

 

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MacEWEN, P/O Garth Fairchild (J86407) - Mention in Despatches - No.406 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Trained at No.3 ITS, No.4 EFTS and No.9 SFTS.

 

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MacFADDEN, F/O Jack Hilton (J36395) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, 1921; home in Cranbrook, British Columbia (teacher); enlisted in Calgary, 8 July 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 May 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943). Commissioned October 1943. DFC sent by registered mail. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.W. Gall dated 18 January 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (187 hours five minutes), 1 August 1944 to 15 January 1945.

 

Flying Officer MacFadden has shown exceptional skill and ability as a navigator together with great courage, determination and devotion to duty. His courage, determination and skill were an inspiration to his crew and contributed to a major degree in their operational efficiency and the completion of a successful tour of operations.

 

Flying Officer MacFadden has participated in 32 sorties, the majority of which were on heavily defended targets, and he has achieved a fine record. Each target was reached and bombed successfully, despite opposition and failure in some instances of navigational aids.

 

For his all round ability and devotion to duty I recommend the Non-Immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MacFADYEN, F/L Donald Aikins (J3103) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 12 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944. Born in Montreal, 18 December 1920. Enlisted in Toronto, 11 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 19 August 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 October 1940). Retained in Canada for duties with BCATP; reached UK 20 May 1943. No.418 Squadron, 7 December 1943 to 25 July 1944; served at Nos.60 and 54 OTU and then to No.406 Squadron (20 November 1944 to 10 September 1945). Returned to Canada and released on 25 October 1945. For additional details see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky. DFC and Bar presented at Buckingham, Palace, 13 July 1945; DSO sent by registered mail, 18 November 1949. Credited with the following victories; Chris Shores, Aces High, 2nd edition, has been able to match serials and aircraft letters for his Mosquito aircraft: 22/23 December 1943, one unidentified enemy aircraft probably destroyed (HX812 "T"); 25 February 1944, one Me.410 destroyed (NS830 "G"); 21 March 1944, eight Go.242 gliders damaged on ground, one Go.242 destroyed on ground, one Do.217 destroyed on ground, one Bu.131 destroyed while landing (MM426 "X"); 3 May 1944one He.111Z destroyed on ground plus one unidentified enemy aircraft damaged on ground (NS930 "T"); 6/7 June 1944, one Ju.52 destroyed (HR155 "X"); 16/17 June 1944, two V-1s destroyed (HR155 "X"); 6/7 July 1944, three V-s destroyed (HR155 "X"); 28 February 1945, one unidentified enemy aircraft probably destroyed on ground (NT325 "N"); 3/4 March 1945, one FW.190 destroyed and three FW.190s damaged on ground (NT325 "T"); 5/6 March 1945, one Ju.88G destroyed (NT325 "T"); 24/25 March 1945, one He.111 destroyed and four He.111s damaged on ground (NT325 "T"); 9/10 April 1944, two Ju.88s destroyed (NT325 "T"); 24/25 April 1945, one Ju.88 damaged on ground (NT283 "V"). Photo PL-26049 shows him from waist up; PL-42862 shows him beside his Mosquito.

 

This officer has participated in many sorties and has destroyed four enemy aircraft and damaged several more. He has displayed great skill and courage throughout his tour and his example of keenness and determination has been most commendable.

 

MacFADYEN, F/L Donald Aikins, DFC (J3103) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.406 Squadron - Award effective 19 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has taken part in many operational sorties. Throughout, his skill and initiative have been of the highest order. He has destroyed at least a further five enemy aircraft bringing his total victories to at least nine hostile aircraft destroyed and many others damaged. In addition he has shot down five flying bombs apart from these successes. Flight Lieutenant MacFadyen has given great assistance to new crews in planning their missions and by his untiring efforts and fine example has materially contributed to the operational efficiency of his squadron.

 

MacFADYEN, S/L Donald Aikins, DFC (J3103) - Distinguished Service Order - No.406 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette of 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945.

 


Since the award of a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has continued to operate against the enemy with conspicuous success, destroying three enemy aircraft and damaging five. During a patrol over Czechoslovakia in March 1945, an enemy landing ground was sighted and one enemy aircraft was destroyed on the ground and four were damaged. On another occasion in April 1945, he successfully destroyed two hostile aircraft in the air. Squadron Leader MacFadyen's total victories are at least thirteen enemy aircraft destroyed and seventeen damaged. Throughout his two tours he has displayed outstanding keenness, efficiency, courage and determination and has at all times set a fine example of loyal and devoted service.

 

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MacFARLANE, F/O John Wilbert Roy (J16752) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Hamilton; enlisted there 2 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 December 1940), No.3 AOS (graduated 3 March 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 14 April 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 13 May 1941). No citation in AFRO.

 

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MacFARLANE, P/O Leonard James (J88752) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.161 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1921; home in Aylesham, Saskatchewan (farmer); enlisted in Saskatoon, 7 August 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.16 EFTS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1944. DFC presented 18 June 1949. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Centre Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 20 September 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (215 hours 40 minutes), 3 June to 31 August 1944. All are described as "Special Operations", and although dates and times are given, objectives are not.

 

3 May 44 (6.50) 5 July 44 (5.40)

7 May 44 (6.25) 7 July 44 (7.15)

9 May 44 (6.45) 9 July 44 (5.10)

10 May 44 (6.55) 11 Jul 44 (5.30)

28 May 44 (6.00) 24 Jul 44 (7.30)

1 June 44 (5.45) 25 Jul 44 (7.05)

2 June 44 (5.50) 30 Jul 44 (7.20)

4 June 44 (6.00) 4 Aug 44 (7.05)

6 June 44 (6.45) 6 Aug 44 (5.50)

14 Jun 44 (5.25) 8 Aug 44 (5.15)

16 Jun 44 (5.25) 10 Aug 44 (5.20)

17 Jun 44 (6.10) 13 Aug 44 (7.30)

21 Jun 44 (6.20) 14 Aug 44 (6.50)

22 Jun 44 (6.20) 25 Aug 44 (8.40)

27 Jun 44 (5.40) 27 Aug 44 (8.10)

29 Jun 44 (5.35) 28 Aug 44 (3.55)

3 July 44 (6.15) 31 Aug 44 (7.10)

 


Flying Officer MacFarlane has completed 34 operational sorties involving 216 hours as captain of an aircraft. During his tour he has proved that his determination and ability are of a very high order, and by his leadership and example has been a great asset to his unit.

 

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MacFARLANE, F/O Murray Cowan (J29615) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1921 in Welland, Ontario; home in Toronto. Formerly in COTC. Enlisted in Toronto, 10 July 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943). Commissioned 1943. DFC sent by registered mail. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8830 has recommendation dated 10 November 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (180 hours 15 minutes).

 

Flying Officer MacFarlane has completed thirty-two successful sorties including attacks on Kiel, Stuttgart, Koenigsburg (twice), Darmstadt (twice), Karlsruhe, Kaiserlauten and Wilhelmshaven and a number of tactical targets in Western Europe.

 

His navigation throughout his tour of operations has been of a very high standard and has undoubtedly contributed largely to the highly successful tour of his crew. His plotting and log keeping, often carried through in the face of heavy enemy opposition, have always been careful and accurate and have been an excellent example to his fellow navigators.

 

For his outstanding skill, cool courage in the face of the enemy and devotion to duty, and for the high personal example he has at all times set, Flying Officer MacFarlane is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MacFARLANE, FS Ronald Ernest (R92109) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 10 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 February 1943 and AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943. Born in Chilliwack, British Columbia, 1921; home there; enlisted in Vancouver, 7 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 May 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 2 July 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 20 September 1941). Invested with DFC at Buckingham Palace, 30 November 1943. Killed in action 16 December 1943 (Lancaster DV300 shot down off Dutch coast).

 


One night in January 1943, Flight Sergeant MacFarlane was captain of an aircraft which was attacked by three Junkers 88. When returning from an operational sortie the mid-upper gunner was killed, the rear gunner severely wounded and the aircraft was badly damaged. Flight Sergeant MacFarlane took violent evasive action and succeeded in shaking off the enemy aircraft. Shortly afterwards the bomber was held by searchlights and engaged by intense anti-aircraft fire, and height was lost down to 4,000 feet in avoiding further damage. Soon afterwards a formation of five hostile fighters was sighted but when they attempted to attack Flight Sergeant MacFarlane skilfully avoided them. By masterly airmanship this airman extricated his aircraft from a perilous situation and flew it safely back to this country.

 

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MacFARLANE, G/C Thomas Crawford (C1114) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Ottawa, 15 September 1939. Insignia presented 21 February 1948.

 

As Director of Postings and Careers this officer has been charged with highly complex matters of promotion, retirement, and the assignment of officers to duties best suited to their capabilities. He has discharged these duties in a most admirable manner, displaying a high degree of intelligence, tact, initiative and foresight. His wide knowledge of the service and experience gained through his previous appointments have made him an invaluable support to his superior officers. His devotion to duty, discretion and the manner in which he has handled the many delicate and confidential matters inherent with his responsibilities have been of the highest order.

 

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MacGILLIVRAY, WO (now P/O) Donald Keith (R152382/J48290) - Mention in Despatches - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Niagara Falls, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 2 February 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.4 AOS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.4 BGS (graduated 8 December 1942). Applied for Operational Wings, 17 August 1944 while at No.1 Repatriation Depot; checked by H.H. Thompson, 30 August 1944; sent to AMAS/D/Ops, 30 August 1944; returned from AMAS/D/Ops 20 September 1944. Application not approved as per letter dated 20 September 1944.

 

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MacGREGOR, F/O Ian Murdoch (J88565) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born February 1924 in Winnipeg; home in Wetaskiwin, Alberta (bank clerk); enlisted in Edmonton, 14 October 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 16 June 1943), and No.15 SFTS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned July 1944. DFC sent by registered mail, 7 June 1950. No citation, "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8772 has recommendation dated 5 June 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (186 hours 14 minutes), 18 November 1944 to 16 May 1945.

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 13 Mar 45 Gelsenkirchen

15 Dec 44 Wilhelmshaven 15 Mar 45 Misburg

17 Dec 44 Ulm 18 Mar 45 Hanau

27 Dec 44 Rheydt* 21 Mar 45 Bremen*

31 Dec 44 Osterfeld 23 Mar 45 Dortmund/Hapenerweg

2 Jan 45 Nuremburg 27 Mar 45 Paderborn*

4 Jan 45 Royan 9 Apr 45 Kiel

7 Jan 45 Munich 10 Apr 45 Plauen

16 Jan 45 Zeitz 18 Apr 45 Heligoland*

1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven 22 Apr 45 Bremen*

8 Feb 45 Politz 29 Apr 45 MANNA, The Hague*

13 Feb 45 Dresden 1 May 45 MANNA, Rotterdam*

20 Feb 45 Dortmund 3 May 45 MANNA, Rotterdam*

21 Feb 45 Duisburg 16 May 45 EXODUS, Brussels*

11 Mar 45 Essen*

 

Flight Lieutenant MacGregor, a Canadian captain of aircraft, has completed 29 sorties on his first tour of operations, comprising 186.14 operational hours. These operations include attacks on such heavily defended targets as Nuremburg, Munich, Dresden, Dortmund, Essen and Kiel.

 

This outstanding captain of aircraft has set a fine example of skill in airmanship and outstanding fortitude throughout his tour of operations. On several occasions he has extricated his crew from perilous situations of intense flak and fighter opposition. Nevertheless he has always set his mind on the task in hand, fearlessly and with a fine offensive spirit which has permeated the rest of the flight. His praiseworthy disregard for danger is responsible for the high morale which prevails in his crew.

 

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MacGREGOR, P/O James Alistair (J90732) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1924 in Vancouver; home in Powell River (fireman); enlisted in Vancouver, 26 May 1942. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 3 August 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 14 May 1943). Commissioned October 1944. Sent by registered mail, 15 May 1947. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 9 January 1945 when he had flown 43 sorties (214 hours 35 minutes), 26 November 1943 to 2 January 1945.

 

26 Nov 43 Kassel 9 Aug 44 Lille

20 Dec 43 Mannheim 12 Aug 44 Russelsheim

1 Jan 44 Berlin 16 Aug 44 Kiel

20 Jan 44 Berlin 18 Aug 44 Connatre

27 Jan 44 Berlin 25 Aug 44 Russelsheim

30 Jan 44 Berlin 26 Aug 44 Kiel

15 Feb 44 Berlin 12 Sep 44 Frankfurt

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt 15 Sep 44 Kiel

20 May 44 Duisburg 16 Sep 44 Moerdijk Bridge

22 May 44 Dortmund 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart

24 May 44 Aachen 24 Oct 44 Essen

27 May 44 Rennes 25 Oct 44 Essen

31 May 44 Tiergner 28 Oct 44 Westkappelle

23 Jun 44 Couaronne 30 Oct 44 Cologne

24 Jun 44 Middle Straete 3 Dec 44 Urft Dam

2 July 44 Abbeville 12 Dec 44 Essen

12 Jul 44 Tours 17 Dec 44 Duisburg

14 Jul 44 Revigny 28 Dec 44 Opladen

18 Jul 44 Cagny 29 Dec 44 Koblenz

28 Jul 44 Hamburg 30 Dec 44 Cologne

4 Aug 44 Paulliac 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg

7 Aug 44 Caen

 

Pilot Officer MacGregor has completed 43 operational sorties, 40 of which have been carried out with the Pathfinder Force, including 35 Marker sorties. The targets include many hotly contested areas such as Berlin, Schweinfurt and Stuttgart.

 

This officer is a cool and determined gunner who is unflinching in the face of enemy opposition. He has plenty of grit and tenacity, and possesses a fine zeal for operational work. He is an asset to any crew.

 

Pilot Officer MacGregor has shown a high standard of keenness, loyalty and devotion to duty, and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MacGREGOR, G/C Norman Sinclair, DFC (C551) - Mention in Despatches - Station Wombleton (AFRO gives unit as No.61 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born in St.Thomas, Ontario, 29 June 1898. Joined Royal Flying Corps in Toronto, February 1917. Trained at Camp Borden and Waddington,, Lincolnshire. Commissioned, 19 August 1917. With No.82 Squadron, September 1917 to July 1918; instructed at Waddington, July 1918 to February 1919. Claimed about 1,000 flying hours on JN.4, Avro 504, RE.8, DH.9 and DH.6. Awarded DFC, London Gazette dated 3 June 1919. On RAF Unemployed List, 1 February 1919; resigns commission 1 September 1921. Security salesman and shirt manufacturer between the wars. In Canadian Militia, 1 July 1928 to 31 March 1936. Joined RCAF Auxiliary, 11 April 1936; promoted to Squadron Leader, 1 October 1938; to Wing Commander, 1 February 1941; to Group Captain, 1 April 1942. To No.119 (BR) Squadron, 4 January 1940; to Station Yarmouth, 13 January 1942; to No.1 BGS, 11 March 1942; to RCAF Overseas Headquarters, 3 May 1943; to No.6 Group Headquarters, 1 June 1943; to Station Croft (to command), 18 June 1943; to Station Wombleton (to command), 15 November 1943. To Canada, 31 October 1944; to No.1 Repatriation Depot, 29 November 1944; to No.1 Training Command Headquarters, 3 January 1945; to No.4 Release Centre, 14 January 1945; released, 6 April 1945. Awarded Efficiency Decoration, AFRO dated 15 December 1944. Photo RE-22031 shows him. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation by A/C F.G. Wait for an OBE, undated but circa 2 August 1944. He had been on Active Service since 3 September 1939, had served 44 months in Canada and 14 months overseas.

 

Group Captain MacGregor served as a member of the Auxiliary Air Force from July 1936 until the outbreak of the present war, at which time he accepted a call to active service. He successfully commanded several units in Canada, and upon arrival in England in the spring of 1943, was appointed to command RCAF Station Croft, during the period No.1664 Heavy Conversion Unit was in the course of formation. Largely due to his inspiration and leadership, this unit reached an excellent state of efficiency during the first few months of operation.

 

In November 1943, Group Captain MacGregor was placed in command of RCAF Station Wombleton. Notwithstanding the many difficulties associated with a new station, by his energetic drive, enthusiasm and outstanding organizing ability, he has developed a station second to none in this Group. By personal example he has raised the morale of personnel under his command to a very high standard. Through his efforts and spirited determination, No.1666 Heavy Conversion Unit, functioning at Wombleton, has forged to the front in many departments.

 

I confidently feel that Group Captain MacGregor's contribution to the service fully merits his selection as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

 

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MacHALE, F/L John Bernard (J29237) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. American in the RCAF; born 1917 in Portland, Oregon; home in Seattle, Washington (clerk); formerly in U.S. Marine Corps. Enlisted in Vancouver, 18 August 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 December 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 27 February 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1942). Commissioned July 1943. DFC presented 1 June 1949.

 


Flight Lieutenant MacHale has completed a large number of sorties against the enemy and has invariably displayed outstanding energy and coolness. On one mission in November 1944 he was detailed to attack Bochum. Over the target severe damage to the aircraft was caused by anti-aircraft fire, the ailerons were seriously damaged and the aircraft became difficult to control. The target was bombed most effectively and the damaged aircraft flown safely to base. This officer has always performed his duties with great efficiency and has contributed much to the successes attained by his squadron.

 

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MACHAN, AC2 Earl Glenwood (R152815) - British Empire Medal - No.8 SFTS - Award effective 2 March 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 March 1943. Home in Bagot, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 17 January 1942. Medal presented 26 March 1944.

 

Aircraftman 2nd Class Machan was a passenger on an Anson aircraft when it crashed into the side of a mountain. After the impact he was thrown clear of the wreckage without sustaining any injuries. The other occupants of the aircraft were unable to extricate themselves. AC2 Machan, at great risk to his own life, courageously entered the burning aircraft and made every effort to rescue his companions, desisting only when burned very critically about the face, chest, hands and arms. He then made his way through twelve miles of difficult mountainous country to obtain help.

 

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MACHIN, F/O Samuel (C37930) - Mention in Despatches - No.4 Repair Depot - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; enlisted there 13 March 1941.

 

This officer has served as Deputy Assistant Provost Marshall on this depot for the past year and during that time he has shown, often under trying conditions, zeal and devotion to duty that is praiseworthy. An officer of outstanding character, he has at all times set a fine example of discipline and deportment both while on and off duty. Consequently he has at all times enjoyed the fullest co-operation and respect from both his superiors and juniors that has been an example to all.

 

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MACHUM, WO2 Donald Blair (R153082) - Mention in Despatches - No.82 OTU (deceased) - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Home in Halifax, Nova Scotia; enlisted there 9 February 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 15 August 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Reported killed in action, 29 May 1944 (Wellington HE199); buried in Brookwood, UK. DHist file 181.009 D.3386 (RG.24 Vol.20638) has entry dated 2 April 1945:

 

File MR153082 P.1d An enquiry was received from a relative of W.O. D.B. Machum R.153082 (Deceased) who was killed in an aircraft accident on 29th May, 1944 while he was acting as pilot of a Wellington aircraft that was shot down by a friendly fighter on returning to the United Kingdom from an operation in France. The query raised concerned the possibility of an award to this airman. Complete details were sought from various sources and after consideration of the whole case, it was thought by this section that W.O. Machum had, indeed, deserved some recognition, as it was brought out in the evidence of the Court of Inquiry held at R.A.F. Station, Ossington, 30th May 1944, that W.O.Machum held the aircraft steady to enable the crew to bale out. On presenting this case to Air Ministry, it was pointed out that W.O. Macham did not complete his training at the time he became a casualty, and it was felt that in following out the best traditions of the service at a period when his operational experience was no doubt limited, should merit some recognition.

 

Air Ministry advised 25.4.45 that the Honours and Awards Committee have decided to award a Mention in Despatches to W.O. Machum, and same would appear in New Years Honours List, 1945.

 

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MacINNES, S/O Edith Cavell (V30602) - Mention in Despatches - No.160 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Halifax, 26 January 1942.

 

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MacINNES, W/C Roderick Cameron (C1554) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Vancouver, 1 November 1911. Attended Bordertown Military Institute (New Jersey) and Georgetown University. British United Press Parliamentary Correspondent. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Ottawa 27 November 1939. Insignia presented 28 February 1946. Public Relations officer overseas and in AFHQ. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.

 


This officer rendered unusually outstanding service as the first Royal Canadian Air Force Public Relations Officer to proceed to the United Kingdom and subsequently as Director of Public Relations, Overseas. Under his tireless guidance the Public Relations service in Great Britain and in theatres of operations in the Mediterranean, the East and Far East, was built up to a high state of efficiency. He commanded with distinction the Royal Canadian Air Force Public Relations unit in the Mediterranean prior and subsequent to the invasion of Sicily. He again served as Director of Public Relations, Overseas, during the early stages of the invasion of France and the outstanding efficiency of his organization work is reflected in the excellent coverage of Royal Canadian Air Force operations provided by Canadian newspapers, periodicals and radio. As Chief Public Relations Officer at Air Force Headquarters, he has continued to display extraordinary ability in his work of ensuring that the Royal Canadian Air Force is presented in its proper light to the people of this country. Throughout, his devotion to duty has set a splendid example,

 

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MacINNIS, F/O Elmer Gabriel (J21755) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1919 in Armdale, Prince Edward Island; home there (teacher); enlisted in Charlottetown, 7 August 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 January 1942), No.3 AOS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 13 July 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 5 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. DFC sent by registered mail, 21 December 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 23 August 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (195 hours five minutes) in tour from 16 August 1943 to 7 August 1944.

 

Flying Officer MacInnis as a navigator has now completed his first tour of operations. His tour includes targets in Italy during the Sicilian campaign and heavily defended areas in both Germany and France. As a navigator Flying Officer MacInnis's ability is outstanding and the successful completion of so many sorties by his crew is due in no small measure to his initiative, resourcefulness and skilful navigation. For this officer's fine record of achievement, his outstanding ability and strong sense of duty, it is strongly recommended that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MacINTOSH, F/L Alvin McGregor (J24916) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Halifax; enlisted there 2 April 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 2 April 1943). A Halifax newsclipping says he flew 46 sorties with No.418 Squadron but not clear if this is connected to Mention in Despatches. Certificate sent 16 August 1948.

 

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MacINTOSH, F/O Charles Edward (J8170) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Born in Winnipeg, 1916; home there; enlisted there 3 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 25 May 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 26 July 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 17 October 1941). Commissioned 1941. Invested at Buckingham Palace, 11 August 1944.

 

In May 1943, Flying Officer McIntosh took part in a heavy attack on Essen. While over the target his aircraft sustained severe damage which put two engines out of action. With the greatest skill and determination this officer managed to complete the North Sea crossing and landed safely in this country. He has always evinced great eagerness to engage the enemy and take part in any operation however hazardous and has secured many excellent photographs.

 

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MacINTOSH, F/O Ian Finlay (J11962) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Born 1911; home in Lindsay, Ontario; enlisted in Montreal, 26 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.20 EFTS (ceased training 31 October 1941), No.9 BGS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.8 AOS (graduated 2 March 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 25 May 1942). Commissioned 1942. DFC presented at Buckingham Palace, 11 August 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5524 (RG.25 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 8 October 1943 when he had flown 25 1/2 sorties (136 hours 40 minutes), 21 January to 27 September 1943. Spelled McIntosh in document.

 

This bomb aimer has been outstanding in the performance of his duties. His coolness under fire and his exceptional qualities of leadership have inspired his crew. He has pressed home the attack through the heaviest defences and bombed his target under the most difficult conditions.

 

I consider that this officer's keenness for the offensive and his example deserve the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MacINTYRE, F/O Donald Philip (J5998) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 20 July 1942 as per London Gazette dated 4 August 1942 and AFRO 1413/42 dated 4 September 1942. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick; home there; enlisted in Saint John, 7 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 January 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 29 March 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941). Sergeant in 14th Field Ambulance before RCAF. Commissioned 1941. The Halifax bomber mentioned below was later raised from the lake and sent to the RAF Museum, Hendon. For his personal account, see Flypast, October 1982. Medal presented 15 April 1944.

 


One night in April 1942, Flying Officer MacIntyre and Pilot Officer Hewitt (RAFVR) were captain and navigator respectively of an aircraft detailed to carry out a low level attack on the German Naval Base at Trondheim. The target was located and in the face of intense opposition from the enemy's ground defences the attack was pressed home with great coolness and determination from a low level. During this operation the aircraft was hit. The outer portion of the wing caught fire and the fuselage and cockpit were filled with smoke. Soon the aircraft was well alight and, as it had become uncontrollable, Flying Officer MacIntyre decided to descend onto a lake to which he was directed by Pilot Officer Hewitt. This he achieved by a feat of superb airmanship. The crew then manned their dinghy and made their way to the side of the lake. After a perilous journey and suffering great hardships, Flying Officer MacIntyre and his crew eventually reached England. The greatest credit is due to both these officers for their calm efficiency and courageous devotion to duty.

 

MacINTYRE, F/O Donald Phillip, DFC (J5998) - Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) - No.160 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - Award effective 13 March 1943 as per AFRO 616/43 dated 9 April 1943.

 

For distinguished service as heavy bomber pilot, particularly on the 15th of November 1942, when he lost one engine while bombing Benghazi Harbour, but remained in action and started five fires.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9599 has more detailed citation as transmitted 10 January 1943.

 

For distinguished achievement as a pilot of heavy bombardment aircraft on operational missions. On the night of November 16/16, 1942, while participating in a raid on Benghazi harbour installations, he lost one engine. Using his skill as a pilot and his determination and zeal to accomplish his mission, he remained in action and succeeded in bombing his target, starting five fires. His accomplishments on this and other occasions exemplify the fine spirit and morale of 160 Squadron.

 

MacINTYRE, F/L Donald Philip, DFC (J5998) - Mention in Despatches - No.178 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. No citation to MiD.

 

MacINTYRE, S/L Donald Philip, DFC (J5998) - Air Force Cross - No.5 OTU - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945. As of AFC recommendation he had flown 1,354 hours, of which 334 were as instructor, 129 in previous six months.

 


This officer has proved himself to be an outstanding Chief Flying Instructor of this Operational Training Unit. Through his general knowledge, tenacity and resourcefulness he has raised the flying on this unit to a very high standard. He is a natural leader both in the air and on the ground and has shown himself capable of tackling any job. His outstanding ability, perseverance and tireless devotion to duty on this unit are worthy of the highest praise.

 

NOTE: In January 1997 the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society (Canadian Branch) presented to the National Aviation Museum a "dossier" (actually more like an album) with extended autobiographical notes on members (catalogued in the museum as D.805 C3 L96 1995 NMM). This included much information on MacIntyre although very little about his evasion which was relatively uneventful.

 

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MacIVER, F/L Norman (J22945) - Air Force Cross - No.19 SFTS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.5 EFTS and No.3 SFTS. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation; when recommended he had flown 2,000 hours of which 1,800 were as instructor, 200 in previous six months.

 

This officer has been instrumental in greatly improving twin-engine bombing training at this Service Flying Training School. This entailed a great deal of experimental flying and additional work beyond that which is normally expected. He has carried out this work and in fact all his duties in an exemplary manner and by his initiative and energy he has set a high standard in both armament and flying training at this unit. This officer's devotion to duty has been highly meritorious.

 

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MACKAY, F/L Donald Kenzie (C4002) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.5 SFTS - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born Kintail, Ontario, 13 May 1915. Home there. Enlisted at Camp Borden, 1 November 1939. Later POW when shot down with No.156 Squadron, 20 February 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant MacKay is a Flying Instructor of outstanding ability. He has completed over 1,700 hours of flying instruction. He has shown exceptional devotion to duty whilst flying. He served considerable time as a Sergeant Pilot and commenced instructing early in 1940 and has been continuously employed as an Instructor since that time. His consistent coolness in the air and his extreme keenness have been a valuable example to others.

 

MACKAY, F/L Donald Kenzie (C4002) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 February 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DFC sent by registered mail, 9 November 1948.


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MacKAY, F/O Donald Robert (J36573) - Air Force Cross - No.8 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Haney, British Columbia; enlisted in Calgary, 23 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 14 February 1942), No.18 EFTS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942). Presented 26 February 1949. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation. As of recommendation he had flown 2,516 hours, of which 2,178 were as instructor, 629 in past six months.

 

This officer has shown devotion to duty which is in accordance with the best traditions of the service. The outstanding results obtained by his flight have been largely due to his individual efforts and ability. His work is worthy of the highest praise and his conduct has provided an example to all personnel who work with him. By his diligence, loyalty and efficiency this officer has made a valuable contribution to the training of aircrew.

 

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MACKAY, F/L John (J12635) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 23 March as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945. Born in Winnipeg, 1920; home in Cloverdale, British Columbia; enlisted in Toronto, 3 September 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 16 January 1942), No.21 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1942); commissioned 3 July 1942. Served in No.401 Squadron, 5 August 1944 to 30 April 1945. Aerial victories as follows: 25 October 1944, one Me.262 destroyed (shared with four others); 25 December 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed; 1 January 1945, one Bf.109 destroyed, two FW.190s destroyed, one Me.262 damaged (shared with another pilot); 14 January 1945, three FW.190s destroyed; 1 March 1945, one FW.190 destroyed, one Bf.109 damaged, one FW.190 damaged; 28 March 1945, two Bf.109s destroyed; 16 April 1945, three Ar.234s damaged on ground; 20 April 1945, one Bf.109 destroyed. Served in postwar RCAF, rose to Wing Commander, and flew in Korea (20 March to 10 July 1953) where he destroyed a MIG-15 and was awarded the USAF Air Medal. DFC and Bar sent to him by registered mail, 28 June 1948. For additional details see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky.

 

This officer has shown outstanding ability in operations against enemy transport, both in the Battle of the Falaise Gap and in the Arnhem battle. Most of these attacks were pressed home in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire. In January 1946 Flight Lieutenant Mackay led his section in an attack against enemy aircraft which were circling his airfield. He successfully destroyed one of the attackers and after expending the remainder of his ammunition on a second, pursued it so closely that he forced the pilot to crash. A few minutes later he repeated this brilliant feat and forced another enemy pilot to crash, thus destroying three enemy aircraft in one sortie. Flight Lieutenant Mackay has always displayed outstanding skill, determination and courage.


 

MACKAY, F/L John, DFC (J12635) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 15 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945.

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Flight Lieutenant Mackay has participated in very many sorties. Throughout he has displayed the greatest keenness and has been responsible for the destruction of much enemy equipment. He is a highly skilled and fearless fighter, whose devotion to duty has been outstanding. Flight Lieutenant Mackay has destroyed ten enemy aircraft in air fighting.

 

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MacKAY, F/O John Hamilton (J28257) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Bon 1913 in Frank, Alberta; home is Sardis, British Columbia (diamond driller); enlisted in Vancouver, 21 July 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 1 January 1943), No.7 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 28 May 1943. Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail, 11 Match 1949. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 24 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (187 hours 20 minutes), 28 July 1944 to 27 November 1944.

 

This Air Bomber has completed 30 operations and throughout his tour has shown great determination and devotion to duty.

 

On a daylight operation on Duisburg on 14th October 1944, while on the bombing run, his aircraft was hit by flak, smashing the perspex nose and one piece of flak striking his helmet. He pressed home the attack giving calm and cool instructions to the captain and successfully bombed the target. His results have always been most gratifying, having had no less than eight photographs plotted on the target.

 

As H2S leader, his patient instruction and example was an inspiration to all his section...

 

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MACKAY, F/O Mervyn Lewis (J87078) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.617 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1920 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia; home there (payroll clerk); enlisted in Halifax, 9 December 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 22 January 1943). Commissioned March 1944. DFC presented in Halifax, 27 July 1949.


Flying Officer Mackay has completed a large number of successful sorties as air bomber. He has taken part in many operational missions against some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany, including Berlin, Stuttgart, and Nuremburg, and in three attacks on the battleship Tirpitz. On one sortie to the Kembs barrage the aircraft was badly hit in the bomb aimer's compartment. In spite of the extensive damage this officer displayed outstanding skill and coolness and greatly assisted his pilot to complete the mission successfully. His coolness and determination have always been an inspiration to his crew.

 

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MacKAY, W/C Thomas Sutherland (C6540) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born in Brighton, England, 26 September 1903. Mining in northern British Columbia before joining RCAF. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 8 August 1941. No citation.

 

MacKAY, W/C Thomas Sutherland (C6540) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Presented 29 May 1947. No citation in AFRO; DHist file 181.009 D.2629 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has only the following, provided for an investiture:

 

For meritorious and outstanding service at No.6 Group Headquarters.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9056 has the following recommended citation:

 

Despite the abnormal strain of operational work brought about by D Day, Wing Commander MacKay, the Senior Intelligence Officer, immediately effected many far reaching changes in the Intelligence organization within the group. His keen, perceptive mind, unusual organizing ability and unflagging enthusiasm not only brought his own organization to its high peak of efficiency, but he was responsible for many suggestions which led to the improvement of the operational methods of the group. Wing Commander MacKay has made an outstanding contribution to the operational successes of this group.

 

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MacKAY, F/O William (J39031) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 13 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born 1925 in Bagor, Northern Ireland; home in Toronto. Former Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in Toronto, 15 December 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 26 November 1943. Presented 22 June 1949.

 


This air gunner has displayed exceptional skill and his accurate shooting has on more than one occasion played a large part in the safe return of his aircraft to base. Flying Officer MacKay has contributed in the destruction of a Junkers 88.

 

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MACKELL, G/C David Edward (C1113) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ, Director of Personnel - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born in Ottawa, 12 March 1898. Veteran of Canadian Expeditionary Force. Enlisted in RCAF 1 April 1924; retired August 1949. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 when he was an Air Commodore (retired). Helped organize RCAF hockey teams including the 1948 Olympic champion "Flyers".

 

This officer has served with distinction as Director of Personnel since July 1942, during which time he has been responsible for framing and implementing the many policies which devolve upon this Directorate. His unfailing loyalty and devotion to duty, his outstanding efficiency and great capacity to get things done, as well as his depth of perception and co-operative attitude, have made him a tower of strength to his superior officers. During the early stages of the war he was largely responsible for compiling and editing the numerous publications and orders under which personnel matters are now administered, as well as the development of suitable administrative procedures. His application to his many tasks has been an inspiration to all who have associated with him.

 

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MACKELL, S/L Thomas Emmett (C2915) - Mention in Despatches - No.9 Construction and Maintenance Unit - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Westmount; enlisted in Montreal, 11 October 1940.

 

This officer has been in charge of construction of communication and telephone projects throughout the Command for the past three years. He has displayed exceptional ability and skill in this regard; he has accepted and completed projects far beyond the scope of the normal duties of his trade, and has instilled high morale and discipline in the men under his command. Numerous urgent telephone and signal projects have been directed to him to a speedy conclusion, in the face of great difficulty and trouble. It is due to his efforts that many essential services within this command were put into operation before schedule and to full efficiency.

 

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MacKELVIE, F/O Bayne Sourby (C18099) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Sudbury; enlisted in Toronto, 18 February 1941.

 

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MacKENZIE, FS Alexander Gerald (R78574) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.50 Squadron - Award effective 11 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 27 November 1942 and AFRO 1962/42 dated 4 December 1942. Born in Lucknow, Ontario; home there; enlisted London, 16 October 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 January 1941) No.4 AOS (graduated 7 July 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 18 August 1941) and No.2 ANS. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 30 March 1943. Shot down and taken prisoner, 31 August 1943; POW for 20 months; returned to United Kingdom, 16 May 1945; released in Toronto, 27 August 1945 (WO1).

 

Flight Sergeant MacKenzie has participated in many attacks on the enemy as air bomber. He has always shown great determination to press home his attack and hit the primary target. On many occasions excellent photographs have been obtained, which reflect great credit to him. He took part in the daylight raids on Le Creusot and Milan, and also in the night raid on Genoa. On the 22nd October, 1942, in the raid on Milan, the aircraft flew at a very low altitude and Flight Sergeant MacKenzie released his bombs with unerring skill in the middle of a large factory, which was left in flames. He has set a high standard in bomb aiming and has always displayed great devotion to duty.

 

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MACKENZIE, F/O Andrew Robert (J10976) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 15 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Born in Montreal, 10 August 1920; home there; enlisted there 6 June 1940. Attended No.1 Manning Depot, Toronto, 7-24 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (24 June to 21 July 1940), No.4 EFTS (21 July to 6 October 1940) and No.31 SFTS (6 October 1940 to 8 January 1941). Central Flying School, Trenton (8 January to 10 April 1941, on Flying Instructors Course No.30, 3 February to 22 March 1941). Instructed at No.11 SFTS, 11 April to 30 July 1941, at CFS, Trenton, 31 July 1941 to 24 April 1942, and at No.16 SFTS, 25 April 1942 to 24 January 1943. Commissioned 31 March 1942. At "Y" Depot, Halifax, 25 January to 18 February 1943. No.421 Squadron, 10 August 1943 to 16 May 1943; No.403 Squadron, 16 May to 28 August 1944. Returned to Canada, flew Kittyhawks with No.133 Squadron (11 December 1944 to 28 January 1945) and No.135 Squadron (29 January to 7 September 1945). Transferred to Reserve, 1 October 1945; to Special Reserve (full employment), 3 April 1946; to Regular Force, October 1946. Flew in Korea; prisoner 1952-1954. Retired 1967. Credited with the following victories: 26 August 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (shared with three othrs); 22 October 1943, one FW.190 destroyed; 20 December 1943. two FW.190s and one Bf.109 destroyed; 28 June 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 2 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed and one Bf.109 damaged; 16 July 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed. Photo PL-22152 shows him signing documents; PL-75594 is a postwar portrait.

 

This officer has participated in numerous sorties and has destroyed four enemy aircraft, three of which he shot down during a sweep over northern France in December 1943. Flying Officer Mackenzie is a skilful and resolute fighter whose determination to destroy the enemy has always been evident.

 


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MACKENZIE, F/O Bruce Munro (J23797) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.441 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Home in Stettler, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 14 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 October 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 19 December 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 9 April 1942). Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has citation.

 

Flying Officer MacKenzie served with his squadron in the forward area prior to the liberation of France. During this time Flying Officer MacKenzie completed much operational flying and rendered very valuable service. On the 15th June, 1944, the squadron moved to Normandy to one of the first airfields prepared to cover the army movements. From that date to the liberation of Paris Flying Officer MacKenzie participated in many sorties during which he dive bombed and machine gunned the enemy wherever he could be found; in addition Flying Officer MacKenzie destroyed 50 enemy road transport vehicles. Later, Flying Officer MacKenzie participated in operations in support of the army prior to the liberation of Northern France.

 

NOTE: No.441 files at Directorate of History and Heritage have the original recommendation by S/L Walker dated 8 January 1945 which gives total sorties as 130 (199 hours 30 minutes). He is credited with 50 MET destroyed, one aircraft destroyed and one damaged. The sorties are classified as follows - figures in brackets are those flown before liberation of Paris: Patrols: 53 (41); Armed reconnaissance: 29 (28); Escorts: 22 (six); Dive Bombing: 13 (13); Sweeps: eight (seven); Anti-Shipping: two (two); Air/Sea Rescue: two (two); Scramble: one (one). The recommendation then went on:

 

Flying Officer MacKenzie started his first tour of operations from England on March 28th, 1944, and for a period of two months carried out sweeps and escort to bombers who were neutralizing the Huns defences on the invasion beaches. Then on June 15th, 1944, he moved into Normandy with the squadron to one of the first airfields prepared to cover the army movements. From then this officer strafed and dive bombed the enemy wherever he could be found, destroying 50 enemy road transport before the liberation of Paris. On July 5th, 1944 he damaged a FW.190 in the Gace area and again on July 13th, 1944 destroyed a FW.190 in the Argentan area.

 

After the liberation of Paris, Flying Officer Mackenzie moved to Beauvais, then Douai and finally to Antwerp covering the army in the final liberation of the Northern area of France. From the end of September, whe the squadron returned to England he finished his tour on long range escort to the Ruhr area.

 

Flying Officer Mackenzie is a very keen and intrepid fighter pilot and has done a fine job of work, mostly during the liberation of France.

 


In view of the above mentioned facts, I strongly recommend the award of the Croix de Guerre to this officer.

 

 

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MacKENZIE, F/L Daniel Ian (C19225) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Westville, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Ottawa 19 June 1940.

 

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MacKENZIE, F/L David (C1874) - Mention in Despatches - No.404 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Home in Ottawa,, enlisted there 1 February 1940. Posted to squadron as Adjutant, 8 April 1942. No citation.

 

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MACKENZIE, FS Donald Edward (R135315) - British Empire Medal - AFHQ - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Born 14 June 1921. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 15 October 1941. Appears to have spent most of the war with CJS Washington (30 June 1942 to 1 September 1945. Attained rank of Sergeant by 1 January 1944, Flight Sergeant 1 February 1945. Released 28 May 1946. Clerk (Stenographer). Medal presented 5 October 1947.

 

This non-commissioned officer has at all times displayed a sense of responsibility, initiative and tact far above the average. His exceptional devotion to duty and unwavering efforts in furthering the interests of the service are worthy of recognition.

 

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MacKENZIE, F/O Donald Murdo (J19197) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 19 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 February 1945 and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Born at Port Stanley, Ontario, 6 May 1921. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 12 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 16 December 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941); wings on 8 August 1941. Arrived in UK, 2 September 1941. With No.141 Squadron, November 1941 to March 1942; to No.410 Squadron April 1942 to May 1943. After a non-operational tour and leave in Canada, rejoined No.410 Squadron (7 March 1944 to 27 April 1945. Commissioned 29 November 1943; released 28 September 1945. DFC presented 19 February 1946.

 


Now on his second tour of duty this officer has taken part in a large number of operational sorties. He has throughout displayed great skill and determination which, coupled with his fine fighting spirit, have set a splendid example to all. He has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft, four locomotives and two barges.

 

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MACKENZIE, WO (now P/O) Douglas Richardson (R142387/J86524) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 30 August 1923 in Regina; home there; enlisted there 9 December 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1942). DFC presented 6 September 1947. Worked for Imperial Oil after the war, retiring in 1982. Died in Vancouver, 22 October 2000. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 15 June 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (204 operational hours), 16 August 1943 to 11 May 1944.

 

ITALY N.W.EUROPE

 

16 Aug 43 ferry to Port 15 Feb 44 Berlin (7.40)

Reath (15.45) 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (9.30)

25 Aug 43 Taranto (6.20) 7 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.35)

29 Aug 43 Torre Annunziato (6.00) 13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.20)

12 Sep 43 Caslenova (6.35) 24 Mar 44 Berlin (8.00)

13 Sep 43 Pompei (6.10) 26 Mar 44 Essen (5.15)

14 Sep 43 Battapaglia (6.50) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (9.10)

15 Sep 43 Torre Annunziato (6.15) 9 Apr 44 Villeneuve (4.45)

17 Sep 43 Carreteri (6.00) 11 Apr 44 GARDENING, Kattegat (4.50)

21 Sep 43 Bastia (6.35) 18 Apr 44 Noisey le Sec (5.20)

22 Sep 43 Formia (6.00) 20 Apr 44 Lens (4.20)

24 Sep 43 Leghorn (7.00) 21 Apr 44 Brest (5.15)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.35)

26 Apr 44 Essen (4.25)

4 May 44 Boulogne (3.40)

8 May 44 Lorient (5.25)

11 May 44 Cherbourg (3.40)

 

This Warrant Officer has completed a highly successful tour of operations. He has operated against Italian targets while based in Africa as well as over the European continent while based in England.

 

Warrant Officer Mackenzie is an exceptionally skilful captain and on many occasions has displayed superb airmanship and has been an inspiring example at all times. His devotion to duty, high courage and great determination in pressing home his attack under all circumstances is worthy of the highest praise.


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MacKENZIE, FS Gordon Thompson (R83959) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 16 October 1942 as per London Gazette dated 27 October 1942 and AFRO 1783/42 dated 6 November 1942. Born in Ferhurst, Sussex, England, 27 April 1919. A ledger keeper in Toronto when he enlisted there, 10 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 April 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941). Presented at Buckingham Palace, 23 February 1943.

 

Flight Sergeant MacKenzie has participated in many attacks on the enemy. On the night of the 28th July, 1942, he took control of a badly damaged aircraft from his wounded captain. By his courage and skilful handling he saved a valuable aircraft.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9600 has recommendation dated 22 August 1942 when he had flown on ten sorties (51 operational hours):

 

Flight Sergeant MacKenzie has carried out ten operational sorties in the past two months.

 

On the night of 28th/29th July 1942, when flying as second pilot, he took over controls of a badly damaged aircraft from his wounded captain near the Dutch coast.

 

Despite the fact that his starboard elevator was missing and his starboard tailplane damaged, making the aircraft very difficult to handle, Flight Sergeant MacKenzie brought it safely to the English coast. The engines were then misfiring due to shortage of petrol, and the captain gave orders to abandon by parachute.

 

Flight Sergeant MacKenzie, however, continued to fly the aircraft and effected a safe landing without further damage. By his courage and skilful handling of his aircraft, he saved a valuable aircraft and was largely responsible for the safe descent by parachute of his captain and crew.

 

To this the Officer Commanding, RAF Station Wyton, Hunts, added:

 

Is strongly recommended for the award of the DFM. His actions on the night of 28th/29th July, described above, were, in my opinion, extremely courageous and determined and in addition displayed a high degree of skill in handling the aircraft. He is a most reliable captain of aircraft and deserves recognition.

 

On 28 August 1942 the Air Officer Commanding, No.3 Group, added:

 


I most strongly support the above recommendation and the determination that this Non-Commissioned Officer displayed in endeavouring to save a valuable aircraft after he had assisted the wounded captain and crew who escaped by parachute, is typical of his behaviour during all his operational sorties. For the last two he has been appointed captain of aircraft after his behaviour on the night of 28/29th July and he has already proved his ability as such.

 

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MacKENZIE, F/O Kenneth Alexander (J5050) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 31 December as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Toronto, 1912; home there; enlisted there 16 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 15 December 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1941). Commissioned 1941. Killed in action, 8 November 1942.

 

As captain of aircraft this officer has displayed outstanding keenness and determination to achieve success. One night in September 1942. in appalling weather, he attacked a target in northern Germany. Although his aircraft was heavily engaged and hit by anti-aircraft fire, Flying Officer MacKenzie pressed home his attack. He flew with distinction on the daylight raid on Le Creusot and on the more recent raid on Milan.

 

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MacKENZIE, F/O Malcom Graham (J15492) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.148 Squadron - Award effective 17 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943. Born in Manitoba, 1916; home in Kenora, Ontario; enlisted in Fort William, 9 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 10 April 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 9 August 1941. Commissioned 1942. Invested at Buckingham Palace, 23 May 1944.

 

Flying Officer MacKenzie has been engaged in operational flights since June 1942. One night in August 1942 he was detailed to bomb an advanced enemy landing ground and following a violent explosion, started a large fire. Later in the same month and again in September 1942, he participated in successful double sorties against enemy transport concentrations in the battle area. Invariably he has exhibited a spirit of quiet determination, attacking heavily defended areas with coolness and precision too.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8940 has recommendation sent by Headquarters, RAF Middle East to Air Ministry, 12 February 1943; copy courtesy of Sean Morrison.

 

The following recommendation for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Pilot Officer Malcolm Graham MacKenzie (J.15492) of No.148 Squadron is forwarded.

 


This officer joined the squadron on 28th June 1942, and has now completed 41 operations totalling 252 hours.

 

Throughout his tour he has exhibited a spirit of quiet determination to carry through the job in hand, attacking heavily defended areas with coolness and precision.

 

On the night of the 8th August this officer was detailed to bomb ALG.104 and started a large fire following a violent explosion. On 31st August during the critical period in which the Axis armies had started their offensive against Egypt, he was detailed to carry out a double sortie against enemy motor transport concentrations in the battle area. Both these sorties were carried out with good results, three fires being started. On the 2nd September he again carried out a double sortie on enemy motor transport concentrations, pressing home his attacks with vigour and starting two fires.

 

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MacKENZIE, F/O Roland Waldo (J14101) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1912 in Westville, Nova Scotia; home in Stettler, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 3 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 February 1942), No.16 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942), and No.41 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal sent by registered mail, 18 July 1945. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 5 September 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (172 operational hours), 9 April to 16 August 1944. The recommendation actually says "30 4/3 sorties" but the sortie list does not indicate exactly which four trips were counted as 1/3 only.

 

9 Apr 44 Paris 5 June 44 Cherbourg

10 Apr 44 Paris 14 Jun 44 Le Havre

18 Apr 44 Rouen 16 Jun 44 Sterkrade

20 Apr 44 Cologne 17 Jun 44 Aulnoye

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 24 Jun 44 Flers

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe 27 Jun 44 Chateau Bernapre

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshafen 30 Jun 44 Oisemont

30 Apr 44 Rouen 4 July 44 Orleans

3 May 44 Mailly 6 July 44 Foret du Crocq

7 May 44 Rennes St.Jacques 12 Jul 44 Revigny sur Ornain

10 May 44 Dieppe 20 Jul 44 Wizernes

12 May 44 GARDENING 23 Jul 44 Kiel

19 May 44 Orleans 2 Aug 44 Le Havre

21 May 44 Duisburg 3 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximin

22 May 44 Dortmund 5 Aug 44 Pauillac

28 May 44 Aachen 7 Aug 44 Fontenay le Marmion

2 June 44 Calais 16 Aug 44 Duvai


 

This Canadian officer has now completed 30 4/3 faultless attacks on enemy targets, ranging from Germany to occupied territory. He has consistently shown himself to be a pilot of great skill and has displayed high qualities of leadership and courage. He has been determined to press home his attack regardless of the opposition and has always been successful. His tenacity of purpose was magnificently displayed on his last sortie on the 16th August 1944, when, on proceeding to the target, an engine failed. He made no less than three runs over the target, despite heavy flak, to ensure that his bombs fell in the target area.

On the ground, as Deputy Flight Commander, he has shown willingness and enthusiasm which have been an inspiration to the whole squadron. For his determination and devotion to duty he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MacKENZIE, P/O Roy Ernest (J17755) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 30 November 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Born Eyebrow, Saskatchewan, 1912; home in Regina; enlisted in Vancouver, 23 June 1939. Trained at No.4 ITS, No.16 EFTS (graduated 23 May 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. DFC presented 27 November 1948.

 

This officer has captained his aircraft on a large number of operational sorties during the Sicilian and Italian campaigns. He has displayed determination, courage and devotion to duty. His attacks have invariably been accurate and his leadership outstanding.

 

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MACKENZIE, Corporal (now Sergeant) William John (R51924) - Mention in Despatches - No.427 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as Station Leeming) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Windsor, Ontario, enlisted there 24 October 1939. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group HQ, 12 February 1945 when he was a Fitter in "B" Flight, No.427 Squadron. Had served 39 months in Canada, 23 months in UK.

 

Corporal Mackenzie is a keen and capable fitter who has prevented many a non-starter by clear thinking and quick remedial action when "last minute" unserviceabilities have occurred. Devoted to duty and efficient in his trade, he is a real asset to the service and merits commendation.

 

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MacKERACHER, F/O Willard Whitfield (J25923) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1921 in Tysner, Saskatchewan; home in Plato, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Sudbury, Ontario, 27 March 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 23 December 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Delivery of DFC difficult; twice mailed to him and returned in 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 18 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (169 hours) from 7 August 1944 to 16 January 1945.

 

This captain has completed thirty heavy operational bombing attacks against the enemy. His work in general has been of a very high calibre. His ability to make instant decisions in emergency, skilful piloting and cool judgement have been a contributing factor to the success of his trips.

 

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MACKERROW, F/O Robert East (J36233) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Born 1915 in Toronto; home in Kleinburg, Ontario (lawyer); enlisted in Toronto, 20 February 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942), No.13 EFTS, No.3 AOS (graduated 12 April 1943) and No.8 BGS (graduated 21 August 1943). Commissioned October 1943. DFC sent by registered mail, 21 December 1949. Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; proper unit identified in DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Box 2067). DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 3 February 1945.

 

On all operational sorties this officer, in his capacity as Air Bomber, has displayed skilful airmanship and rendered meritorious service. The Air Bombers in the squadron have been inspired by his calm and quiet manner and fine offensive spirit in action.

 

MACKERROW, F/O Robert East (J36233) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. No citation, "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 May 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (185 hours 50 minutes) between 6 October 1944 and 31 March 1945.

 

As Air Bomber, this officer has completed twenty-nine successful operational sorties over enemy territory. Throughout, he has displayed the greatest keenness and his example of courage and determination has been of a high order. For his outstanding record of achievement and devotion to duty, Flying Officer MacKerrow is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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MACKETT, F/L Robert Edward (J18192) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.149 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 25 June 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 2 January 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 24 April 1942). No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9015 has recommendation (dated 13 April 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (175 hours 19 minutes), 30 July 1943 to 31 March 1944; objective of "Special Operations" not given:

 

30 July 43 Remscheid (4.25) 4 Jan 44 Special Op (4.30)

2 Aug 43 Hamburg (5.30) 6 Jan 44 Special Op (6.20)

2 Sept 43 GARDENING, Frisians 7 Jan 44 Special Op (4.20)

(2.35) 4 Feb 44 Special Op (5.30)

3 Sept 43 Gardening, Ile de Re 5 Feb 44 Special Op (.15,

(5.05) DNCO)

8 Sept 43 Boulogne (5.25) 7 Feb 44 Special Op (4.00)

22 Sep 43 Hanover (1.05, DNCO, 15 Feb 44 Special Op (5.45)

port inner u/s) 21 Feb 44 GARDENING, San

23 Sep 43 Mannheim (6.40) Sebastian (7.52)

27 Sep 43 Hanover (4.45) 24 Feb 44 GARDENING, Kiel

2 Oct 43 GARDENING, Kattegatt Bay (7.11)

(7.50) 11 Mar 44 GARDENING, St.Jean

7 Oct 43 Special Op (6.35) de Luz (7.50)

17 Oct 43 Special Op (4.35) 15 Mar 44 Amiens (4.00)

18 Oct 43 Special Op (3.35) 16 Mar 44 Amiens (4.10)

20 Oct 43 Special Op (2.00, DNCO) 18 Mar 44 GARDENING,

7 Nov 43 Special Op (6.15) Heligoland (4.15)

9 Nov 43 Special Op (6.00) 22 Mar 44 Laon (4.50)

10 Nov 43 Special Op (6.40) 25 Mar 44 Aulnoye (4.50)

15 Nov 43 Special Op (4.35) 26 Mar 44 GARDENING, St.Jean

10 Dec 43 Special Op (4.25) de Luz (7.25)

21 Dec 43 Special Op (.45, DNCO) 31 Mar 44 Special Op (5.31)

 

As Captain and pilot, Flight Lieutenant Mackett has completed 32 operations against the enemy. He has attacked such heavily defended targets as Hamburg and Mannheim and in addition has carried out a great number of special missions.

 

His tour of operations is remarkable for the consistent number of successes he has achieved. He has proved himself a daring and skilful pilot whose devotion to duty has always been of the highest order in the face of enemy opposition.

 

As a captain of aircraft he has led his crew with admirable keenness and enthusiasm, which has set a fine example to the rest of the squadron.

 

I therefore strongly recommend that Flight Lieutenant Mackett be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, a recognition he has well earned.

 

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MACKIE, F/O Alan James (J9689) - Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) - 9th USAAF (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 20 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Home in Regina; enlisted there 14 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 August 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1941). Public Records Office Air 2/9599 has citation from General Order No.31, HQ US Army Air Forces in the Middle East, 28 April 1944.

 

For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flights during the successful invasion of Sicily by Allied Forces. These operations, which included the destruction of strategic enemy targets, were conducted despite intensive anti-aircraft fire of enemy ground targets, strong fighter opposition by enemy aircraft, and adverse weather and field conditions. The outstanding performance of his duties contributed in a marked degree to the successes achieved by his squadron on operational missions while with the Ninth United States Air Force in the Middle East prior to 24 July 1943.

 

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MACKIE, F/L Alexander Morton (J88245) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 11 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 1 March 1946 and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Born 1916 in St.James, Manitoba; home in Winnipeg. Educated at University of Manitoba. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 12 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941). Commissioned July 1944. Killed in action 12/13 January 1945 (Halifax MZ805); no known grace; name on Runnymede Memorial. DFC presented to next-of-kin, 10 December 1947.

 

This officer has completed, as pilot and captain of aircraft, numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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MACKIE, F/O Eldon John (J43816) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.435 Squadron (Retired) - AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 1 January 1947 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 107/47 dated 28 February 1947. Born at Claire, Saskatchewan; NOK living in Chaplain, Saskatchewan; home given as St.Walburgh, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 8 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 September 1943), No.24 EFTS (graduated 29 October 1943) and No.19 SFTS (graduated 7 April 1944). DHist file 181.009 D.1124 (RG.24 Vol.20595) has recommendation for AFC darted 4 April 1946. He had flown 1,500 hours, of which 1,230 hours were operational and 200 had been in previous six months.

 


Flying Officer Mackie has been with [this] unit since its formation in India where he flew 700 hours in close support of the 14th Army over perilous country and in inconceivable weather conditions. He remained in the unit when it reformed in the United Kingdom and has done invaluable work in setting a high standard over the air routes in Europe.

 

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MACKINNON, LAC Arthur (R124722) - Mention in Despatches - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born 29 July 1923. Home in Inverside, Inverside County, Cape Breton Island; enlisted in Halifax, 30 August 1941. Posted overseas 8 March 1943; repatriated 23 December 1945. Discharged 5 February 1946. General Duties.

 

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MacKINNON, W/C Ian Malcolm (C1888) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Station Rockcliffe - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted in Montreal, 22 April 1940. Medal sent by registered mail, 8 June 1948.

 

This officer has been employed as Senior Equipment Officer on this unit for a long period of time. During this time he has been responsible for equipping six flying units, five of which were posted away within a few months. This officer has been present during the rapid expansion of this station and has, at all times, been able to anticipate requirements and maintain an even flow of equipment. He has been most diligent on checking and bringing to attention any abuses in connection with equipment, and has brought his section to a high state of efficiency.

 

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MacKINNON, F/L Lawrence Leroy (J19268) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born in Ladysmith, Alberta, 1922; home in Ponoka, Alberta. Served five years in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in Edmonton, 19 September 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 10 April 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942). Commissioned 1943. DSO and DFC presented in Toronto, 20 April 1951. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation by W/C R.J. Lane dated 23 March 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (190 hours 44 minutes) as follows:

 

15 Sept 43 Montlucon (5.27) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.12)

22 Sept 43 Hanover (5.34) 1 Jan 44 Berlin (6.39)

23 Sept 43 Mannheim (5.35) 2 Jan 44 Berlin (6.08)

1 Oct 43 Hagen (4.55) 5 Jan 44 Stettin (8.27)


2 Oct 43 Munich (7.19) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (6.59)

18 Oct 43 Hanover (5.11) 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.27)

20 Oct 43 Leipzig (6.31) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (6.56)

22 Oct 43 Frankfurt (5.45) 28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.24)

3 Nov 43 Cologne (4.03) 30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.06)

17 Nov 43 Mannheim (5.11) 15 Feb 44 Frankfurt-on-Oder (7.05)

18 Nov 43 Mannheim (5.42) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.22)

2 Dec 43 Berlin (5.48) 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (5.47)

3 Dec 44 Leipzig (6.33) 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (6.40)

16 Dec 43 Berlin (7.07) 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (6.20)

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (4.45) 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (4.40)

23 Dec 43 Berlin (7.05)

 

This officer is a very capable pilot and captain. He has carried out 31 operational sorties, some of which have been against the enemy's most heavily defended targets such as Berlin, Hanover and Munich. The determination, skill and devotion to duty displayed by this officer has done much to keep the morale of the aircrew of this squadron at a high standard. Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

MACKINNON, S/L Lawrence Leroy, DFC (J19268) - Distinguished Service Order - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 29 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.

 

This officer has completed a second tour of operational duty during which he has successfully attacked a variety of targets, many of them in Northern France. He is an outstanding pilot, a dauntless captain and inspiring leader. His example has been well illustrated in the fine fighting spirit of the squadron.

 

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MACKINNON, F/L Thomas Joseph (J16058) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born in Regina, 1916; home in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan (teacher); enlisted in Regina, 10 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941). Commissioned October 1942. Served in Nos.101, 460 and 425 Squadrons. DFC presented 1 December 1948. Remained in postwar RCAF; Public Relations Officer for Western Air Command (1946-47); Chief PRO at AFHQ (1947-50); on staff of Chief of Air Staff (1950-53); attended RCAF Staff College (1953-54); on exchange to USAF (1954-57); AFHQ as Director Personnel Movements (1957-60); CO of Station Vancouver. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Squadron Leader, Staff College).

 


This officer is a pilot of outstanding skill and determination who has taken part in numerous attacks against heavily defended targets in Germany. On one occasion in October 1944 he was detailed for an attack against Wanne Eickel. En route to the target, engine trouble was experienced and while over the target very heavy anti-aircraft fire was encountered which caused severe damage to the aircraft. Undeterred, Flight Lieutenant Mackinnon pressed home a telling attack. Throughout this trying experience this officer's cool efficiency and dogged determination were a source of encouragement and confidence to the other members of his crew.

 

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MacKIRDY, F/L Daniel Harvey (J89429) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1914 in Mirror, Alberta; home in Vancouver (teacher); enlisted there 5 August 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943). Commissioned August 1944.

 

Throughout numerous operational sorties during which he has participated in attacks against some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany, this officer has displayed outstanding navigational ability. In addition he has invariably shown great courage under fire and coolness and initiative in times of stress. On three occasions he has taken part in actions against night fighters which have ended in the destruction of the enemy aircraft. Flight Lieutenant MacKirdy as flight navigation leader has been untiring in his efforts in the training of navigators.

 

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MACKLIN, S/L Douglas Irving (C2361) - Air Force Cross - Conversion Training Squadron, Rockcliffe - Award effective 20 October 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1830/42 dated 13 November 1942. Home in Sarnia, Ontario; enlisted London, Ontario. Presented 3 December 1942.

 

This officer received his wings at RCAF Station Trenton on April 24, 1940, and his Instructor Category "B" and was commissioned as Flying Officer on May 30, 1940. Since, he has acted as Flying Instructor, Flight Commander, Examining Officer, and Chief Instructor at various stations. He was categorized an A1 Flying Instructor on November 29, 1941, and has completed 1,160 hours as an instructor. During one period in 1940, due to the shortage of instructors, he instructed for 80 hours in 16 consecutive days. Throughout his service career, his unfailing cheerfulness and his devotion to duty under trying conditions in addition to his skill and precision as a pilot, has inspired his students and all personnel who served with him. This officer's total flying time is 1,238 hours 20 minutes.

 

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MACKLIN, F/O Ewart Vernon (J24560) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home at Scarborough Junction, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 28 January 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 9 November 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Presented 22 June 1949. Postwar he worked with Massey-Ferguson. Died in Toronto, 7 October 1998. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation (undated) when he had flown 37 1/2 sorties (184 hours 25 minutes), 29 March to 31 August 1944.

 

This officer, a navigator, has completed 37 sorties against the enemy and by his outstanding ability has successfully navigated his aircraft to such distant and heavily defended targets as Brest, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Montzen. His co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty inspired confidence to all, whether on the ground or in the air. An efficient navigator, he has been largely responsible that his crew have always pressed home the attack to the utmost. In recognition of this officer's bravery and devotion to duty I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MacLAURIN, F/O Donald James (C2112) - Mention in Despatches - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Home in Kapuskasing, Ontario. Enlisted in Ottawa, 22 May 1940. No citation. NOTE: On 11 November 1943 W/C W.H. Swetman, CO of Station Linton-on-Ouse, recommended him for the Canada Medal. At the time he noted that MacLaurin (now a S/L and Station Engineer Officer) had been posted to England in September 1941, serving as Engineer Officer to No.407 Squadron, then Station Dunsfold (January to June 1943) and then No.62 Base (June 1943 to that date). "Squadron Leader MacLaurin's dogged determination, skill and devotion to duty and his ability as a leader has been instrumental in obtaining the highest efficiency in his work."

 

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MacLEAN, F/O (now F/L) Cornelius (J18373) - Air Medal with Two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters - 9th USAAF - Award effective 10 March 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. Born 23 March 1920 in Stellerton, Nova Scotia; home there; enlisted in Toronto, 21 September 1940. Attended No.1 Manning Depot, 21 September to 15 December 1940 and No.1A Manning Depot, Picton, 15 December 1940 to 15 February 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 14 September 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941). Arrived in UK, January 1942; posted to Egypt in June 1942. With 81st Medium Bomber Squadron, 12 Group, 9th US Army Air Force, 27 August 1942 to 6 July 1943. To Canada, 23 July 1943; served at No.34 OTU, Pennfield Ridge, 13 October 1943 to 15 March 1944 (instructor); at No.5 OTU, Boundary Bay, 13 April to 16 May 1944 (instructor). With No.164 Squadron, 2 June 1944 to 23 January 1945; with No.168 Squadron, Rockcliffe and overseas, 31 January 1945 to 24 March 1946. Remained in postwar RCAF as aircrew; retired as Flight Lieutenant, 7 February 1965. American award announced in General Order No.2 dated 5 January 1945, Headquarters of USAAF, Middle East, Cairo, "he having participated in 5 operational missions, each of more than 2 1/2 hours duration"

 

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MacLEAN, FS Donald Arthur (R112723) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.617 Squadron - award effective 23 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1187/43 dated 25 June 1943. Born in Toronto, April 1916; home there (teacher after attending University of Toronto and Toronto Normal School). Home in Toronto; enlisted there 30 June 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 28 March 1941), No.9 AOS (graduated 13 February 1941), and No.2 ANS (graduated 27 April 1942). Presented at Buckingham Palace 22 June 1943. Eventually commissioned (J17476) and flew two tours. Remained in postwar RCAF (armament specialist); Squadron Leader in 1955. NOTE: This was the Dambusters Raid; DSO to F/L J.C. McCarthy, CGM (Flying) to F.S. K.W. Brown, Bar to DFC to F/O D.R. Walker, DFCs to F/O T.H. Taerum and G.A. Deering, DFM also to Sergeant S. Oancia - all with the following citation:

 

On the night of the 16th May, 1943, a force of Lancaster bombers was detailed to attack the Moehne, Eder and Sorpe dams in Germany. The operation was one of great difficulty and hazard, demanding a high degree of skill and courage and close co-operation between the crews of the aircraft engaged. Nevertheless, a telling blow was struck at the enemy by the successful breaching of the Moehne and Eder dams. This outstanding success reflects the greatest credit on the efforts of the above mentioned personnel who participated in the operation, in various capacities as members of aircraft crew.

 

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MacLEAN, S/L Donald Cameron (J6286) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Born 28 November 1920. Home in Victoria; enlisted in Vancouver, 10 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 February 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941), and No.9 SFTS (graduated 15 July 1941). Commissioned 16 July 1941; F/O 15 March 1942; F/L 16 July 1943. To No.128 Squadron, 19 July 1942; to No.1 "Y" Depot, 14 March 1943; to RAF, 2 April 1943; repatriated 22 December 1945. Released 25 February 1946. Rejoined in RCAF Auxiliary with No.424 Squadron until 31 March 1958. Certificate sent 20 June 1949.

 

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MacLEAN, F/O Donald Edgar (J89372) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1922, Summerside, Prince Edward Island (farmer, truck driver); enlisted in Charlottetown, 5 November 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943), No.7 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned September 1944. Presented in New Brunswick, 21 December 1949. Attended University of New Brunswick and then rejoined RCAF, 11 June 1952 in Construction Engineering Branch. No citation other than "completed ...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (166 hours 16 minutes); sortie list identical to that of P/O R.G. Clarke and WO J.J. Williams.

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

7 Aug 44 Mare de Magne (3.55) 7 Oct 44 Klieve (4.00)*

9 Aug 44 Fort d'Englos (2.38) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.51)*

11 Aug 44 Lens (3.24)* 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.57)

14 Aug 44 Hamel (3.58)* 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.54)

16 Aug 44 Stettin (8.00) 22 Oct 44 Neuse (4.16)*

18 Aug 44 Bremen (5.08) 2 Nov 44 Homberg (4.16)*

25 Aug 44 Russelheim (8.29) 4 Nov 44 Solingen (4.36)*

5 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.55)* 5 Nov 44 Solingen (4.52)*

6 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.35)* 6 Nov 44 Koblenz (5.37)

10 Sep 44 Le Havre (4.16) 8 Nov 44 Homberg (4.21)*

11 Sep 44 GARDENING, Pomeranian 15 Nov 44 Dortmund (5.22)*

Bay (7.09) 16 Nov 44 Heinsberg (3.49)*

12 Sep 44 Frankfurt (6.32) 20 Nov 44 Homberg (4.42)*

23 Sep 44 Neuse (4.22) 21 Nov 44 GARDENING, Oslo

24 Sep 44 Calais (2.30)* (7.08)

27 Sep 44 Calais (2.29)* 26 Nov 44 Fulda (5.33)*

4 Oct 44 GARDENING, Kattegat 28 Nov 44 Neuse (4.40)

(7.39) 5 Dec 44 Schwammanauel Dam

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (5.23) (4.10)*

 

At all times this officer has displayed a cheerful disregard of his own personal safety in the fulfilment of his task of pressing home every attack to a successful conclusion. Never has he failed to make the utmost endeavour to attack his target, even in the face of intense opposition, and his outstanding pilotage and general airmanship have on several occasions been instrumental in bringing his aircraft and crew in safety to base. As the leader of his crew he has, by his own personal example, quiet humour and cool courage, succeeding in moulding his crew into an efficient operational unit, losing no opportunity to improve their knowledge and performance. This young officer's contribution to the war effort has been one of considerable magnitude, involving a high degree of unselfish and unswerving devotion to duty. I recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MacLEAN, F/L Donald Hector (J19336) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born in Sparling, Manitoba; home there (farming) and store clerk; enlisted in Winnipeg, 27 June 1941. Attended Manning Depot in Brandon (tents in Exhibition Grounds) and temporarily posted to Paulson. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 10 April 1942 after having being set back by a bout of scarlet fever), No.16 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942 after being delayed by mumps) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942 after a night flying crash that left him unconscious for three days). Sailed to England in December 1942; sent to No.14 (P) AFU, 14 April 1943 (Oxfords). Commissioned 1943. To OTU at Stratford-on-Avon, after which he went to No.419 Squadron. Flew 36 sorties (the first two as second pilot), the last on 17 June 1944. Subsequently an instructor. DFC presented 9 April 1949. Postwar he studied Agriculture, worked as a field representative for Federated Co-Op and Red River Co-Op, then farmed from 1953 to 1960. Extensive biography in Manitoba Beaver (Beausejour, Manitoba), 28 April 1993, provided courtesy of Master Warrant Officer J. Bill Dalke, Victoria, British Columbia.

 

This officer has completed many sorties. He has at all times displayed the greatest determination in pressing home his attacks and his gallant example has greatly inspired his crew. He is an outstanding captain and his services have been of great value.

 

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MacLEAN, S/L Donald James (C4004) - Air Force Cross - No.1 Flying Instructor School - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Chicago, Illinois, 16 March 1918; educated in New Brunswick. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 22 February 1940. Presented 27 January 1946. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.1721 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 1,995 hours, of which 1,850 were instructional hours and 175 hours flown in past six months. Credited with one trans-Atlantic delivery flight:

 

Squadron Leader MacLean, since joining the RCAF in February 1940, has been employed as a flying instructor for 51 months, and has held the position of Deputy Flight Commander, Flight Commander, and for the past eleven months has been an Examining Officer at the unit. He has also been employed at No.1 Training Command or TF.2 [?] for the past two and one half months and Chief Supervisory Officer at No.12 Elementary Flying Training School, Goderich, Ontario for six months. Squadron Leader MacLean has shown exceptional keenness for his job and has made a great contribution to the efficiency of No.1 Flying Instructor School. During his career he has rendered extremely devoted and valuable service as Flying Instructor and Examining Officer.

 

Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation, which differs slightly from the above.

 


Squadron Leader MacLean has been employed as a flying instructor for fifty-one months and has held the positions of deputy flight commander, flight commander, and for the past eleven months of examining officer at this unit. This officer has shown exceptional keenness for his job and has made a great contribution to the efficiency of No.1 Flying Instructor School. During his career he has rendered extremely devoted and valuable service as flying instructor and examining officer.

 

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MacLEAN, F/L Gordon Stewart (C39197) - Mention in Despatches - No.3 Repair Depot) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 7 July 1941. NOTE: It is hard to square the citation to the unit. Although AFRO and DHist documents agree that it is No.3 Repair Depot, the citation suggests a Repatriation unit.

 

This officer, by his devotion to duty, has been an inspiration at all times to those that serve under him. His quiet, efficient and capable handling of the huge drafts of Australians and New Zealanders has been favourably commented on by the United States Transit Board, and the Australian Air Mission. His keen common sense and business acumen has been of inestimable value to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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MacLEAN, WO1 Harold (Can 392) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.2 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 16 June 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Victoria, 2 May 1915; educated there. Clerk/steno before joining RCAF. Enlisted in Vancouver, 4 August 1938. To No.3 BGS, 29 March 1941; to No.5 BGS, 14 May 1941; to No.7 BGS, 28 May 1941; to No.9 BGS 22 November 1941; posted overseas 24 September 1942; repatriated 14 February 1944; to No.4 Training Command 15 June 1944; to No.2 Air Command, November 1944; released 30 October 1945. Clerk (Administration). Medal sent by registered mail.

 

Warrant Officer MacLean, throughout his services in Canada and the United Kingdom, has displayed an unusual degree of initiative and skill which, combined with his untiring devotion to duty, has resulted in outstanding and meritorious service. He has set a high standard of efficiency in his work and through his painstaking efforts has set a high example to all those with whom he has served.

 

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MacLEAN, F/L John Angus (C1107) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 29 September 1942 as per London Gazette dated 16 October 1942 and AFRO 1731/42 dated 30 October 1942. Born In Lewes, Ontario; home in Prince Edward Island. Born 15 May 1914 in Lewes, Ontario; home in Beaton Mills, Prince Edward Island. Graduate of Mount Allison University and also attended University of British Columbia. Active in pre-war militia. Enlisted 9 September 1939 in Vancouver. Trained at Halifax Aero Club, Trenton and Camp Borden. Went on to instruct at No.7 SFTS, Macleod, Alberta (24 January 1941 to 11 February 1942. Posted overseas, February 1942. Further trained at No.27 OTU (17 March to 16 April 1942). To No.405 Squadron, 16 April 1942. Missing, 8 June 1942; safe in UK 10 September 1942. On strength of No.41 Group, 12 October 1942 to 26 March 1943, and then to RCAF Overseas Headquarters. Repatriated to Canada, May 1943; on strength of Test and Development Establishment, Rockcliffe, 23 June 1943 to 17 May 1945. Attained rank of S/L 1 January 1943, W/C on 1 March 1944. Remained in RCAF until late 1947, chiefly in UK and Maritimes. Active in postwar reserve, he was awarded the Queen's Coronation Medal (February 1954). Postwar Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister, and Premier of Prince Edward Island. Died at Belle Creek, Prince Edward Island, 15 February 2000.

 

One night in September, Flight Lieutenant MacLean was captain of an aircraft engaged in an attack on a target in the Ruhr. During the bombing run heavy anti-aircraft fire was encountered. The aircraft sustained damage, the aileron became jammed, and when another shell burst immediately below the port wing the aircraft turned on its back and went into an inverted spiral dive. Flight Lieutenant MacLean recovered control of the aircraft and released his bombs on the target. On the return flight the aircraft was attacked from below by an enemy fighter. Further damage was sustained. Shortly afterwards both the port engines failed, as the fuel system had been shot away. Despite great efforts on the part of Flight Lieutenant MacLean the bomber eventually became completely uncontrollable and both he and his crew were compelled to leave it by parachute. Throughout this hazardous operation this officer displayed great gallantry, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

MacLEAN, F/L John Angus (C1107) Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Shot down 8/9 June 1942 during raid on Essen but later reported safe in England, 10 September 1942. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Centre Air 2/5684 has recommendation.

 

The above officer was the captain of the crew of an aircraft which was shot down over Holland on 8th June 1942 while returning from a raid on Essen.

 

Although his back was injured on landing and despite the loss of one boot he evaded capture and immediately started his journey southwards.

 

Finding he was leaving a trail of foot prints behind him he rounded up some cattle and drove them before him to obliterate all traces of his route, and obtained sustenance by milking them.

 

A period of hiding followed after which he made for the Belgian frontier, crossing this by attaching himself to an old woman pushing a pram cart over a bridge.


By now his back injuries compelled him to go once more into hiding and obtain treatment. Upon recovery he succeeded in passing into France, finally reaching Spain, when he was repatriated on 29th August 1942.

 

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MacLEAN, P/O Kenneth Norman (J89792) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1906 in Fort William, Argyleshire, Scotland; home in Turner Valley, Alberta (clerk and teller, Royal Bank); enlisted in Calgary, 1 December 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 September 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 10 December 1943). Commissioned September 1944. Presented with medal in Calgary, 9 July 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.W. Gall dated 24 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (176 hours 15 minutes), 5 August 1944 to 6 January 1945.

 

As an air gunner, Pilot Officer MacLean has displayed exceptional skill, courage and initiative. His ability to think quickly and clearly in an emergency proved of inestimable value to his pilot and contributed in a large measure to the operational efficiency of his crew and to their completion of a successful tour. His quiet, cheerful confidence inspired a high degree of morale in his crew and his devotion to duty was an inspiration to all.

 

On the ground Pilot Officer MacLean showed fine leadership, great co-operation and exceptional administrative qualities and acted as Deputy Gunnery Leader with unqualified success. His manner and example did much to build up the section to the betterment of the squadron.

 

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MacLEAN, F/L Ralph Spencer (J17712) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Born in Amhurst, Nova Scotia, 1919; home in Summerside, Prince Edward Island; enlisted in Charlottetown, 19 October 1940. Trained at No.4 SFTS (graduated 17 January 1942. Commissioned 1943. Flew two tours. Presented 5 July 1945. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9153 has recommendation dated 23 November 1943 when he had flown 44 sorties (386 hours 42 minutes).

 

16 Nov 42 Anti-sub patrol (6.30) 30 Apr 43 Essen (5.13)

20 Nov 42 do. (12.00) 4 May 43 Dortmund (3.18)

23 Nov 42 do. (11.00) 12 May 43 Duisburg (4.15)

26 Nov 42 do. (11.45) 13 May 43 Bochum (5.10)


29 Nov 42 do. (11.45) 25 May 43 Dusseldorf (4.05)

6 Dec 42 do. (9.45) 21 June 43 Krefeld (3.45)

9 Dec 42 do. (9.10) 28 June 43 Cologne (4.33)

13 Dec 42 Convoy escort (7.44) 13 July 43 Aachen (5.04)

17 Dec 42 Anti-sub patrol (7.45) 15 July 43 Montbeliard (7.15)

20 Dec 42 do. (10.10) 9 Aug 43 Mannheim (5.33)

24 Dec 42 do. (9.00) 10 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.19)

14 Jan 43 do. (9.10) 12 Aug 43 Turin (7.46)

19 Jan 43 do. (3.20) 16 Aug 43 Turin (8.00)

26 Jan 43 Bordeaux (3.15) 17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (7.36)

3 Feb 43 Anti-sub patrol (9.45) 23 Aug 43 Berlin (6.46)

8 Feb 43 do. (9.45) 31 Aug 43 Berlin (6.49)

17 Feb 43 do. (9.20) 3 Sept 43 Berlin (7.43)

21 Feb 43 do. (11.30) 5 Sept 43 Mannheim (5.44)

24 Feb 43 do. (10.25) 6 Sept 43 Munich (7.14)

27 Feb 43 do. (10.30) 22 Sep 43 Hanover (5.05)

11 Mar 43 Stuttgart (8.10) 27 Sep 43 Hanover (4.16)

12 Mar 43 Essen (4.30) 2 Oct 43 Munich (7.23)

22 Mar 43 St.Nazaire (6.14) 3 Oct 43 Kassel (5.10)

26 Mar 43 Duisburg (4.55) 7 Oct 43 Stuttgart (5.50)

27 Mar 43 Berlin (7.57) 9 Oct 43 Hanover (4.34)

29 Mar 43 Berlin (4.20) 18 Oct 43 Hanover (4.45)

3 Apr 43 Essen (4.25) 17 Nov 43 Mannheim (4.47)

4 Apr 43 Kiel (5.36)

 

Flight Lieutenant MacLean has completed 44 operational sorties against most of the enemy's most heavily defended targets. On all occasions he has displayed skill and determination of the highest order. His exceptional keenness and devotion to duty have been an inspiration to the squadron and he has carried out the duties of Squadron Flight Engineer Leader with marked success. Flight Lieutenant MacLean is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MacLEAN, F/O (now F/L) William Mair (J12044) - Air Medal (United States) - 11th USAAF - Award effective 27 August 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. Home in Campbellton, New Brunswick; enlisted in Montreal, 22 July 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 31 January 1942), and No.9 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942). See Cochand for details; flights were 1 April to 13 August 1943.

 

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MACLEAN, S/L William Norwood Ferguson (C3228) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Enlisted in Toronto 9 December 1940. No citation in AFRO.

 

MACLEAN, S/L William Norwood Ferguson (C3228) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.

 

MACLEAN, S/L William Norwood Ferguson (C3228) - Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star (France) - Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. Administrative Officer.

 

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MacLENNAN, F/O Alistair Norman (J19396) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1920 in Montreal. Home in Glen Ridge, New Jersey; enlisted in Halifax, 24 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 31 October 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 23 December 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 17 March 1941). Commissioned 1943. Medal forwarded to Government House, 18 November 1954 for forwarding to Air Ministry as he was then working for BOAC in UK. No citation in AFRO other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded from squadron, date uncertain but apparently early July 1944 when he had flown 25 sorties (138 hours 35 minutes). First tour was only fourteen trips (27 June 1941 to 26 January 1942); second tour began 14 June 1944.

 

This captain has completed one tour and eleven operational bombing sorties of his second tour. His work in general is of a very high calibre and his ability to make instant decisions in emergency, skilful pilotage and cool judgement has gained for him the confidence of his crew.

 

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MacLENNAN, F/O David Bruce (J39392) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Upper Montague, Prince Edward Island; enlisted in Charlottetown, 30 December 1940. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 23 December 1941). Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; proper unit identified in DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Box 2067). DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) had recommendation for a Non-Immediate DFC dated 7 February 1945 when he had flown 13 sorties (76 hours 10 minutes), 25 September 1944 to 16 January 1945.

 

This officer has completed thirteen operational sorties over enemy territory after having qualified for the award of the Operational Wing by completing 165 operational sorties with a coastal squadron in Canada.

 


Flying Officer MacLennan has displayed outstanding ability. His co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty contributed in a large measure to the success of these operations.

 

His splendid record and outstanding ability warrant a strong recommendation for the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

However, it is far more likely that his MiD came about through a recommendation submitted on 9 October 1944 for a specific act of gallantry (see F/O G.A. Fox for details).

 

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MacLENNAN, S/L Ian Armstrong (C4681) - Mention in Despatches - Station Gander - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Moncton, New Brunswick. Enlisted in Montreal, 16 November 1940.

 

This officer established the Pathological Division at Gander, Newfoundland in 1941. For more than three years he has given his whole time to this type of work in this Command, holding himself in readiness for duty any hour of the day or night. He has always been a loyal, co-operative medical officer, strengthening the hand of the Senior Medical Officer.

 

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MacLENNAN, FS Ian Roy (R70978) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.1435 Flight - Award effective 22 October 1942 as per London Gazette dated 3 November 1942 and AFRO 1962/42 dated 4 December 1942. Born in Regina, 4 April 1919; home in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan (student); enlisted in Regina 23 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 February 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 30 March 1941), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 22 June 1941). Served in No.610 Squadron, February to April 1942, No.401 Squadron from April to the end of May when posted to Malta, arriving via HMS Eagle on 9 June 1942. Returned to England in December 1942 and given home leave. Returned overseas and posted to No.443 Squadron, in February 1944. Shot down 7 June 1944 and taken prisoner. Postwar architect. Medal sent by registered mail 16 November 1948. Photos PMR 78-191, PMR 78-194 and PMR 78-201 show him. Chris Shores, Aces High (2nd edition) not only lists his victories but information on most aircraft flown by him as follows: 24 May 1942 one FW.190 damaged (No.401 Squadron); 25 July 1942, one Ju.88 damaged (No.1435 Flight, Malta); 10 August 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed (No.1435 Squadron, with which unit all the following were claimed); 14 August 1942, one Re.2001 claied destroyed (actually an MC.202); 11 October 1942, two Bf.109s damaged (Spitfire EP203, "G"); two Ju.88s destroyed plus one Ju.88 damaged on another sortie (EP717 "D"); 12 October 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed plus one damaged (EP203 "G"); 14 October 1942, one Ju.88 damaged; 16 October 1942, one Ju.88 damaged (BP860 "X"); 26 October 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed (BR591 "R"); 14 November 1942, one S.75 destroyed (identified mistakenly as and S.82; EP915 "V") See magazine High Flight, Volume II, Nos.2 and 3 (1982).


One day in October 1942, this airman destroyed two of a force of thirty Junkers 88 which attempted to attack Malta. The next day he destroyed a Messerschmitt 109. Flight Sergeant MacLennan has displayed great courage and tenacity. He has destroyed four and damaged several more enemy aircraft.

 

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MacLENNAN, W/C John McMillan, DFC (C1973) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. First World War veteran whose DFC dates from that conflict; home in Kelowna; enlisted in RCAF, Vancouver, 31 May 1940 and attended Administraion Course, Trenton. Posted overseas, August 1941 (promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 August 1941). Reported to No.406 Squadron as Intelligence Officer, 22 October 1941; to Station Digby, 30 December 1942; to Headquarters, No.83 Group, 30 August 1943;promoted to Squadron Leader, 23 October 1943; promoted Wing Commander, 1 May 1944; repatriated 21 October 1945; released 7 December 1945.

 

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MacLEOD, F/O Arthur James (J35524) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 19 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 1 March 1946 and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Born 1915 in Syndey, Nova Scotia; home there; enlisted in Halifax, 11 August 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 7 August 1943), and No.1 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 12 November 1948. Shot down and taken prisoner, 20 February 1945. Postwar employed in Halifax by Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

This officer completed, as navigator, numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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MacLEOD, Sergeant Donald Allan (R64627) - Mention in Despatches - Station Tofino - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Bayview, Pictou County, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Moncton, New Brunswick, 4 June 1940. Recommended for BEM, 25 January 1943 (DHist file 181.009 D.1753, RG.24 Vol.20609) noting he had joined No.132 Squadron at Tofino on 28 September 1942.

 

This non-commissioned officer, a member of the ground crew, has displayed untiring effort and ability to discharge all duties assigned to him with the utmost efficiency. He has shown himself to be an intelligent and resourceful airman whose unselfish devotion to duty has set a fine example to all ranks.

 

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MACLEOD, Corporal Donald Archibald (R128128) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Meota, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon 30 August 1941. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. No citation in AFRO or biographical file; DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 3 February 1945, when he was a Fitter IIE; enlisted 30 August 1941; in Canada nine months, overseas 32 months.

 

This NCO has displayed an outstanding example to others by his untiring sense of duty. When operational necessity has required long hours of endurance, his cheerful disposition in the face of trying difficulties has always been an inspiration to those around him. His ability to assume responsibility and place the task on hand above everything else has brought commendation from his officers.

 

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MACLEOD, F/L Duncan Rae (J13367) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1921 in Chesterville, Ontario; home in Kingston, Ontario. Educated at Queen's University (COTC); enlisted in Toronto 1 November 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 14 August 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal sent by registered mail 9 February 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 13 October 1944 when he had flown 32 trips (160 hours 25 minutes), 10 June to 6 October 1944.

 

This navigator has completed many sorties against the enemy including attacks against such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Kiel and Dortmund. On all occasions, his skill and coolness under heavy enemy opposition has been instrumental in the safety of the aircraft and crew. By his accurate navigation at all times he has proven a most valuable crew member. He has been most interested in training new crew members to whom he has set an inspiring example. His keenness to come to grips with the enemy, fortitude and devotion to duty have been most praiseworthy.

 

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MacLEOD, Supervisor Edward Russell (Z312) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.5 RCAF District Headquarters - AWARD IN CIVIL DIVISION - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Presented with medal 9 April 1948.

 


This Supervisor, of the Canadian Legion War Services, on being transferred from service with the Canadian Army, was assigned to No.126 Airfield from the time of its formation until Victory in Europe and served with this formation throughout the Normandy landing and thereafter. He has rendered most beneficial service with exceptional keenness and capability.

 

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MacLEOD, F/O George Graham (J16777) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Montreal, 20 June 1941. Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 9 May 1942) and No.4 WS (graduated 10 April 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal sent by registered mail 30 September 1946. No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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MacLEOD, Harold Morris, F/L (J24949) - Bronze Cross of the Netherlands - No.190 Squadron - Awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 12 September 1949 and AFRO 413/49. A pilot who, in the latter part of the war, was employed at Station Dartmouth (inferred from November 1945 application for Operational Wings, turned down 23 November 1945 for "insufficient number of operational sorties". Public Records Office Air 2/9642 has recommendation dated 29 October 1945 which noted he had flown 14 sorties and 70 operational hours.

 

This officer not only took part in the major airborne operations on the Continent up to and including the Battle of Arnhem, but also made flights alone deep into enemy occupied territory to deliver arms and food to resistance movements. On several occasions he dropped members of the armed forces far behind the enemy lines.

 

His tenacity of purpose and skill when operating alone at night enabled him to produce a very high percentage of success on supply missions. This was never more clearly shown than at Arnhem where on his third flight to the battle area he was shot down when flying at low altitude in daylight over the heavily defended area.

 

At all times Flying Officer MacLeod displayed excellent powers of leadership which were accentuated when flying on operations against the enemy.

 

Air 2/9642 also has an official citation:

 


Flying Officer MacLeod as captain of aircraft took part in the major airborne operations at Arnhem, and also made flights deep into enemy territory to deliver arms and food to resistance movements. On several occasions he dropped members of the armed forces far behind the enemy lines successfully. Flying Officer MacLeod's skill and tenacity when operating alone, at night, enabled him to obtain a very high percentage of success during supply missions. Flying Officer MacLeod was made prisoner of war when his aircraft was shot down during his third sortie to Arnhem.

 

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MacLEOD, WO2 (now P/O) James Ronald (R88359/J89683) - Distinguished Conduct Medal - No.416 Squadron - Award effective 12 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, 27 September 1914. Home in Guysborough, Nova Scotia (salesman); enlisted in Halifax, 30 April 1941. Trained at No.3 IRS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Flight Sergeant, 27 August 1942; WO2, 27 February 1943; WO1, 27 August 1943. Commissioned 1944. Embarked for UK, 20 March 1942; at No.3 PRC, 1 April 1942; to AFU, Turnbull, 1 June 1942; to No.53 OTU, 1 July 1942; to No.416 Squadron, 30 September 1942. Hit by anti-aircraft fire and taken prisoner, 23 January 1943; safe in Switzerland, 4 May 1944; safe in UK, 5 September 1944. The citation to this award was not released until 3 January 1957.

 

This airman was taken prisoner after his aircraft made a crash landing near Le Havre on 23 January 1943. He was imprisoned at Stalag VIIIB at Lamsdorf. Early in April 1943 he and three others exchanged identities with four soldiers to secure inclusion in a working party. On 23 October 1943 Warrant Officer MacLeod and his three companions got out of camp while the padre was in their compound. They went to a nearby airfield and boarded a Junkers 52 training aircraft. They were seen from the control tower, however, and recaptured. After fifteen days solitary confinement in Stalag VIIIB they were tried by Court Martial and sentenced to two years penal servitude with hard labour. About ten days later Warrant Officer MacLeod changed identities with a soldier in order to go on a working party to the Sudetenland but on being checked out at the gate was recognized and sent back. In February 1944 Warrant Officer MacLeod and his companions were placed under guard for twenty-four hours a day. He tried to escape on 15 March 1944 but did not succeed. With an RAF Sergeant he got away on 23 April 1944 and both ran into some woods nearby. After crawling over a field for 400 yards the two escapees left their battle dress which they had worn as a protection over their civilian clothes and gained the main road. Acting on the instructions of the Escape Committee, they went to Mulhausen where they received information regarding a route to Switzerland. Ultimately dressed as farmers and carrying pitchforks both succeeded in crossing the Franco-Swiss border in April 1944.

 

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MacLEOD, F/O John Leslie (J24399) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.160 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 15 December 1945 and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Born in Alexandria, Ontario, 24 April 1919. Attended Queens University (B.Commerce). Home in Kingston, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 21 January 1942 where he had been an auditor. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 29 August 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942), and No.9 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943). As of recommendation he had flown 1,380 hours, 865 operational (105 sorties). Remained in postwar RCAF, first with No.5 Equipment Depot, then AFHQ. Assigned to No.413 (Photographic) Squadron, September 1947; missing on a flight on 18 October 1947 (No.413 Squadron Mitchell). Sent by registered mail to next-of-kin, 7 November 1949.

 

This pilot and captain has completed most successfully many operational sorties. His ability to handle his crew resulted in their being selected as one of the best in the squadron. His steadiness in undertaking all task, his courage and cool efficiency have made him an excellent pilot whose service in operational flying is most praiseworthy.

 

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MACLEOD, F/O Norman Graeme (J25178) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1914 in Nelson, British Columbia; home there (hospital attendant). Enlisted in Vancouver, 13 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942) No.1 EFTS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 6 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. DFC presented in Esquimalt, 21 July 1956. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 11 September 1944 when he had flown 31 1/2 sorties (159 hours 15 minutes), 25 February to 25 August 1944.

 

This officer, as captain of an aircraft, has participated in 31 1/2 trips against the enemy, including such heavily defended targets as Bremen, Hamburg, Essen, Karlsruhe and Dusseldorf. At all times, Flight Lieutenant MacLeod's outstanding leadership has enabled his crew to press home the attack to the utmost. On one occasion, on 12th June, 1944, over Arras, this officer's aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter, just prior to the target run. By excellent evasive action, this captain evaded the attacker and carried on to the target. In recognition of Flight Lieutenant MacLeod's cool courage and tenacity of purpose and for his contribution to a most successful crew, I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MacLEOD, P/O Roderick Harold (J87954) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1922 in Melfort, Saskatchewan; home there (bookkeeper); enlisted in Saskatoon, 14 March 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned July 1944. Presented with medal 22 April 1950. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (184 hours 55 minutes), 22 November 1943 to 6 December 1944.

 

22 Nov 43 Berlin (6.50) 4 Oct 44 Bergen (8.30)

26 Nov 43 Berlin (8.10) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (5.25)

2 Dec 43 Berlin (6.50) 6 Oct 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.30)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.30) 12 Oct 44 Fort Fredrick Hendrik

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (7.25) (2.20)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (7.55) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.50)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (8.35) 15 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.30)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (8.00) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.50)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (8.15) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (3.50)

10 Apr 44 Aulnoye (5.20) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (4.40)

11 Apr 44 Aachen (4.20) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (4.45)

24 Apr 44 Les Hayons (3.40) 4 Nov 44 Bochum (4.15)

25 Jun 44 Karlsruhe (6.30) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.55)

15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.15) 16 Nov 44 Duren (4.05)

20 Sep 44 Calais (2.30) 18 Nov 44 Munster (4.00)

26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (3.05) 21 Nov 44 Castrop Ruaxel (4.50)

27 Sep 44 Sterkrade (3.35) 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe (5.20)

30 Sep 44 Sterkrade (3.35) 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (7.00)

 

This officer has completed 35 operational sorties against the enemy, and has attacked many heavily defended German targets including Duisburg, Cologne and Berlin. As Visual Bomb Aimer he has maintained a high standard of skill and accuracy and is largely responsible for the success of these many operations.

 

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MacLEOD, P/O Wesley Alexander (J90866) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1917 in Kinross, Prince Edward Island; home there (teacher); enlisted in Ottawa, 25 May 1942. Trained at No.9 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943. Commissioned September 1944. Presented with medal 4 September 1945. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1750 (RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation forwarded to Station Eastmoor, 23 November 1944, when he had flown 32 sorties (159 hours 45 minutes) between 1 August and 18 November 1944. He was a Warrant Officer at the time of recommendation.

 


Warrant Officer McLeod [sic] has completed a notable tour during which he has taken part in several attacks on the most heavily defended enemy targets including Kiel, Wanne Eickel, Essen and Cologne. He is a most determined and gallant member of aircraft crew and his successes are an excellent testimony to the accuracy of his bombing. His conduct at all times has been exemplary...

 

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MACLISE, F/O Douglas James (J10295) - Mention in Despatches - No.119 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944. Home in Wadena, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 25 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 August 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 24 October 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942).

 

This officer, throughout his period of duty on operational flying in the North Atlantic area, has displayed outstanding skill and devotion to duty. His keenness and tireless devotion to duty are worthy of high praise. He is an excellent leader and by his example has been an inspiration to those associated with him.

 

MACLISE, F/L Douglas James (J10295) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.11 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date, London Gazette dated 10 July 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. As of recommendation he had flown 1,819 hours, including 934 operational hours (155 sorties). Presented with medal 24 February 1950. No citation in AFRO other than "in recognition of valuable services in the air." Following from DHist files:

 

Flight Lieutenant Maclise has completed two length tours of operations against the enemy over the North Atlantic. Despite adverse weather conditions and hazardous circumstances, this aircraft captain has at all times shown the greatest keenness to seek out the enemy. The cheerful and willing manner in which he has carried out his assignments has been a splendid example to all members of his squadron. Throughout his operational career he has displayed splendid leadership and outstanding devotion to duty.

 

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MACLURE, W/C Kenneth Cecil (C1511) - Air Force Cross - Empire Air Navigation School - Award effective 7 September 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Born in Montreal, October 1914; home in Westmount. Educated at McGill University (pre-war B.Sc.; M.Sc. in 1950 and Ph.D in 1952); COTC, 1931-32. Employed by Sun Life before war. Instructed in navigation in Canada early in the war. In February 1944 sent to Central Navigation School, Cranage, and in November 1944 to Empire Air Navigation School. 1946 winner of American Institute of Navigation award. Remained in postwar RCAF; seconded to Defence Research Board in 1947. Other duties included being Air Attache to Poland, August 1958 to September 1961. As of 1961 he was a Group Captain. Photo PL-102866 refers.

 


Wing Commander Maclure is a navigator and has been employed on navigation test and development duties. He acted as chief research officer during the flights made in the Lancaster aircraft "Aries" between the 17th and 26th May 1945, involving 110 hours flying, in the course of which a scientific survey was made over the North Geographic and Magnetic poles. The peculiar problems of navigation at high speed over these regions where, in the extreme case, all directions become south and where traditional methods of orientation by magnetic instruments inevitably fail, have been exhaustively studied by this officer. Over a period of the last two years he has perfected a system of navigation based upon entirely new conceptions of orientation and he has taken the lead in making the necessary technical arrangements by which the accurate execution of these first polar flights of the Royal Air Force were assured. The contribution which he has thus made to the accomplishment of the flights and the scientific data he was able to collect will undoubtedly have far-reaching effects. To obtain his readings, Wing Commander Maclure worked in the virtually unheated rear of the aircraft where temperatures down to 65 degrees of front were experienced for periods of eighteen to nineteen hours at a time without intermission. Without Wing Commander Maclure's extreme devotion to duty, the valuable scientific information would not have been obtained. The ingenuity and industry with which this officer has always applied himself to furtherance of air navigation has been most praiseworthy.

 

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MacMILLAN, F/L Arthur (C15711) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, 1921; home in Cardiff, South Wales; enlisted in Winnipeg, 8 June 1939. Commissioned 1942. Posted from No.419 Squadron to No.426 Squadron on formation of latter, 20 October 1942. Squadron Gunnery Officer. Flew often with S/L (later W/c) L.Crooks. Presented with medal 5 November 1946. Killed during flying operations in Canada, 31 December 1954 (with F/L H.W. Mitchell, DFC).

 

This officer has completed many successful operations against the enemy in which he has displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

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MacMILLAN, P/O George James Stuart (J18337) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.51 Squadron - Award effective 10 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Born in Oakdale, Saskatchewan, 1921; home in Delisle or Colville, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 20 May 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 August 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 3 September 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 30 March 1942), and No.1 WS (graduated 28 February 1942). Commissioned 1943. Invested with DFC at Buckingham Palace 11 August 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9153 has recommendation dated 17 November 1943 when he had flown 25 sorties (154 hours 40 minutes). He appears to have been in the same crew as P/O A.M. Davidson.

 


12 May 43 Duisburg (6.19) 9 Aug 43 Mannheim (6.49)

13 May 43 Ruhr (5.43) 10 Aug 43 Nuremburg (8.27)

23 May 43 Dortmund (4.47) 12 Aug 43 Milan (9.40)

25 May 43 Dusseldorf (5.12) 17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (7.47)

29 May 43 Wuppertal (5.42) 23 Aug 43 Berlin (7.38)

11 Jun 43 Dusseldorf (4.40) 27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.23)

9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen (5.30) 30 Aug 43 Munchen (4.26)

13 Jul 43 Aachen (5.16) 31 Aug 43 Berlin (7.52, Ju.88

15 Jul 43 Montbeliard (7.44) claimed destroyed)

24 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.51) 5 Sept 43 Mannheim (7.33)

27 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.25) 15 Sep 43 Montlucon (6.31)

29 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.00) 3 Oct 43 Kassel (6.59)

2 Aug 43 20 miles from Hamburg 8 Oct 43 Hanover (5.39)

(target of last resort)

 

Pilot Officer MacMillan was posted to this squadron on 5th May 1943 and has since completed 25 operational sorties totalling 154.40 hours. He has at all times shown great keenness to operate against the enemy and has proved himself to be a Wireless Operator of exceptional skill whose coolness has greatly assisted in maintaining a high standard of morale amongst the members of his crew.

 

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MacMILLAN, F/L Robert Percival (J89274) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1923 in Victoria, British Columbia; home given variously as Victoria and Ottawa (student); enlisted in Vancouver, 29 April 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 9 January 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943). Commissioned August 1944. Medal sent by registered mail 24 February 1950.

 

This officer has taken part in many operations against such heavily defended targets as Cologne, Dusseldorf and Hanover, and he has invariably pressed home his attack with the utmost determination. On one occasion, whilst en route to Hanover, ice formed rapidly on the wings and fuselage soon after the take-off and control became difficult. In spite of this, Flight Lieutenant MacMillan pressed on and attacked the target. During the return journey the aircraft encountered adverse weather. Nevertheless, this officer flew the aircraft safely back to base. At all times he has proved himself to be a pilot of great capability and has set a fine example to the members of the squadron.

 

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MacMILLAN, F/L William Grant Douglas (C8837) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Station Lachine - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Port Hope, Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto, 14 November 1941. Presented with medal in Toronto, 18 October 1947. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 60, File 190-I, dossier 9) has citation to MBE.

 

All through the periods of heavy drafts of repatriated personnel from overseas, this officer has been most efficient in the performance of his duties and the expeditious manner in which transportation for such personnel was provided was largely due to his efforts. He has been conspicuous by his courteous attitude towards all personnel, his fine co-operative spirit and by his cheerful manner to all ranks, often under heavy pressure of work. The hours of duty required from this officer have been long and arduous, yet they have been performed in an exceptional way and have earned for him the respect and admiration of all who have been associated with him.

 

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MacMONAGLE, FS William Drisbrow (R83335) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 29 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. American in the RCAF; born in Akron, Ohio; home there. Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 10 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 24 October 1941). Cited with Sergeant E.F. Warren (RCAF). Middle name also spelled "Desbro". Posted overseas 12 December 1941, trained further at No.11 OTU (Bassingbourn); posted to No.7 Squadron, 17 July 1942. Posted to No.15 Squadron on 28 August 1942. Commissioned as J16341. Posted to No.1657 Conversion Unit (Stradishall, Suffolk), 13 January 1943. Transferred to US forces, 25 January 1943. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 13 April 1943.

 

In December 1942, Flight Sergeant MacMonagle and Flight Sergeant Warren were captain and mid-upper gunner, respectively, of an aircraft detailed to attack an airfield in Germany. When approaching the target their aircraft was intercepted and severely damaged by fire from two Messerschmitt 110s. Flight Sergeant Warren, although seriously wounded, shot one of the fighters down in flames by skilful evasive tactics. The remaining attacker was driven off and the target successfully bombed. On the return flight another Messerschmitt 110 attacked and further damage was inflicted on the bomber. The attacker was again beaten off and Flight Sergeant MacMonagle flew the disabled aircraft safely back to base. Throughout this hazardous operation these airmen displayed great coolness and courage.

 

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MacMURCHY, S/O Edith Evelyn (V30325) - Mention in Despatches - Station Sydney - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 13 November 1942. Certificate sent to Station Sydney, 4 July 1945.

 


A conscientious and highly principled officer, and has worked untiringly and well within her duties as Messing Officer. Despite labour shortage and adverse situations she has, through her organizing ability and kindly firmness, overcome many difficult problems and to the admiration of all the standard of messing has been kept at a very high level.

 

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MacNAB, F/L Allan Graham (C11678) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Mimico, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 15 May 1942.

 

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MacNAB, FS Bruce Campbell (R64116) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.148 Squadron - Award effective 1 October 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 October 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Home in Milton, Ontario, 31 May 1919; educated in Milton, Hamilton Normal School. Enlisted in Hamilton, 18 April 1940. Trained at No.1 WS and No.1 BGS. Later commissioned (J15800). Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 23 February 1943. Applied for Operational Wings, 3 October 1944 while stationed at No.16 SFTS. Application checked by S/O O. Armstrong, 7 October 1944; sent to AMAS/D/Ops, 10 October 1944. Returned from AMAS/D/Ops, 12 October 1944. Operational wings mailed 27 October 1944 and gazetted in AFRO 2373 of 3 November 1944.

 

This wireless operator has participated in operations against targets in Germany, the Western Desert, Greece, Crete, and Sicily, and since May, 1942, he has acted as signals leader in the squadron. His determination and devotion to duty have at all times been an outstanding example to others.

 

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MACNAIR, F/O Kenneth Alexander Cameron (J89665) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1924 in Ross County, Scotland. Home in Didsbury, Alberta (student); enlisted in Calgary, 24 March 1943. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned September 1944. Presented with medal 9 July 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 20 April 1945 when he had flown 56 sorties (302 hours), 8 February 1944 to 14 April 1945. NOTE: This document incorrectly gives his serial number as J98665. First two sorties (dropping leaflets) not counted as operations.

 

8 Feb 44 NICKEL (3.50) 4 Oct 44 Oslo (6.35)

3 Mar 44 NICKEL (5.00) 12 Oct 44 Wanne Eickel (4.50)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.25) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (5.20)


31 May 44 Au Fevre (4.20) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (5.25)

4 June 44 Calais (4.00) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.45)

5 June 44 Herville (4.20) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.50)

6 June 44 Conde sur Noix (6.05) 4 Dec 44 Urft Dam (5.10)

8 June 44 Mayenne (5.30) 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (6.15)

14 Jun 44 Cambrai (4.05) 12 Dec 44 Essen (4.20)

15 Jun 44 Boulogne (3.45) 28 Dec 44 Bonn (5.00)

16 Jun 44 Oisemont-Neuville- 29 Dec 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.40)

au-Bois (3.55) 5 Jan 45 Royan (4.55)

14 Jul 44 Anderbeck (3.35) 7 Jan 45 Munich (6.50)

18 Jul 44 Caen (4.25) 14 Jan 45 Leipzig (6.35)

18 Jul 44 Wesselring (5.25) 16 Jan 45 Zeitz (6.40)

20 Jul 44 Ferne de Grande 22 Jan 45 Duisburg (3.40)

Bois (3.30) 1 Feb 45 Mannheim (5.15)

23 Jul 44 Longes (5.55) 3 Feb 45 Bottrop (4.20)

25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (9.00) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (7.00)

28 Jul 44 Hamburg (4.50) 20 Feb 45 Dortmund (4.15)

31 Jul 44 Coquereaux (4.25) 21 Feb 45 Duisburg (4.55)

9 Aug 44 Lansville (3.50) 23 Feb 45 Essen (3.45)

12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.38) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (3.55)

14 Aug 44 Aisy (4.15) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (7.20)

15 Aug 44 Bay of Biscay (6.55) 7 Mar 45 Dessau (7.40)

18 Aug 44 Connantre (6.40) 8 Mar 45 Hamburg (5.40)

28 Aug 44 Fresnoy (3.40) 15 Mar 45 Misburg (6.15)

15 Sep 44 Oslo (6.15) 20 Mar 45 Heide (4.40)

24 Sep 44 Calais (4.10) 31 Mar 45 Hamaburg (4.25)

27 Sep 44 Sterkrade (5.40) 14 Apr 45 Potsdam (7.25)

 

Pilot Officer MacNair is an outstanding Air Gunner in a very successful crew. He is of a quiet nature, but possesses a fine offensive spirit and keenness for operational duty, which has inspired his crew to greater achievements.

 

Although placed in extreme personal danger he has disregarded this, and completed his duties to the fullest extent. His extreme devotion to duty and very cheerful manner are most commendable.

 

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MacNAUGHTON, F/O Albert Edward (J21806) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 Squadron - Award effective 5 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Home in Winnipeg, Manitoba; enlisted there 29 September 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 18 December 1942). Presented with medal 17 January 1948.

 


This officer has completed a large number of sorties. He is a navigator of high merit and throughout his tour of duty he has displayed the highest standard of determination and devotion to duty. His coolness and resource in any emergency have set a very fine example.

 

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MacNEIL, F/O Dan Thomas (J85961) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1915 in St.Margaret's Village, Nova Scotia; home there (teacher); enlisted in Halifax, 17 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 22 October 1940), No.1 AOS (graduated 22 July 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 28 September 1941). Commissioned March 1944. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.E. Ferguson dated 15 February 1945 when he had flown 47 sorties (268 hours 20 minutes). First tour was on Stirlings, 27 sorties (28 July 1942 to 29 March 1943); second tour was 20 sorties (27 September 1944 to 5 January 1945). Medal presented in Halifax, 27 July 1949.

 

This navigator has completed his second tour while on 419 Squadron and during this time has shown a very high standard of efficiency. Throughout his second tour the results of his work and leadership made possible the completion of what, on the surface, appeared quite an uneventful tour.

 

Flying Officer MacNeil's work in the air was of a very high standard showing precision of timing and track keeping. By his example, through his work in the air and his constructive ideas and suggestions on the ground, he became very valuable to the section and an inspiration to all new navigators.

 

As a result of his individual endeavours I have no hesitation in recommending this officer for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MacNEIL, F/L Donald Stewart (J25133) - Air Force Cross - No.519 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Trained at No.5 ITS, No.2 EFTS, and No.14 SFTS. No citation in AFRO. Public Records Office Air 2/9144 gives unit and has recommendation prepared when he had flown 920 hours, 450 on present duties and 300 in previous six months.

 


During the last twelve months, Flight Lieutenant MacNeil has completed 52 meteorological flights, many of them in extremely adverse weather. On one occasion he was flying north of the Arctic Circle when his aircraft was struck by lightning and sustained extensive damage, making it almost uncontrollable. On another occasion, at night, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. One wing was holed, whilst the controls to one engine were severed, causing total failure of the electrical circuits, the hydraulic and the oxygen systems and flying instruments. On yet a third occasion he experienced engine failure when flying in low cloud and severe icing conditions. In each instance Flight Lieutenant MacNeil flew safely to base. This officer has shown the greatest coolness in the face of danger and his example of courage and devotion to duty has been most inspiring.

 

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MacNEIL, F/L John Joseph (J18500) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1921 in Sydney, Nova Scotia; home there (shipping clerk); enlisted in Halifax, 29 August 1941. Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 2 March 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 7 August 1949. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 19 March 1945. It noted he had flown 41 sorties (265 hours ten minutes). First tour was as follows - No.428 Squadron (17 sorties between 16 February and 24 May 1943), No.419 Squadron (three sorties, 19-22 June 1943), No.428 Squadron (12 further sorties, 3 July to 30 August 1943) for a total of 195 hours 50 minutes. Second tour commenced 25 October 1944 with No.427. Recommendation read:

 

This officer has completed forty-one heavy operational bombing attacks against the enemy, eleven of them on his second tour. As Squadron Gunnery Leader, Flight Lieutenant MacNeil has set a splendid example to all gunners in his section, and although a member of a crew, has on several occasions replaced a gunner who has been hospitalized, thereby enabling the crew to participate in the bombing offensive against the enemy.

 

At all times he has displayed coolness and courage of the highest order, and has spent endless hours both in the air and on the ground improving the standard of all gunners in his section.

 

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MacNEIL, P/O Malcolm (J87594) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 17 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born 1920 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia; home there (shipping clerk, former member of Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Halifax 16 December 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 30 October 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commissioned 1944. Medal sent by registered mail 228 June 1949.

 


In August 1944 Pilot Officer MacNeil was bomb aimer of an aircraft detailed for a sortie against a target in France. During the operation the aircraft was intercepted by enemy fighters and in the ensuing engagement sustained severe damage. The front gunner was trapped in his turret and the rear gunner lay severely injured as the aircraft fell out of control. The pilot succeeded in regaining control, however, and Pilot Officer MacNeil, who had displayed great coolness throughout, promptly went to the assistance of the front gunner whom he freed. He then went to the rear turret where he released the other injured comrade and gave him first aid. This done, he manned the rear turret until the English coast was reached. He displayed outstanding coolness and determination under most harassing circumstances. Pilot Officer MacNeil has completed a large number of sorties against a wide range of targets.

 

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MacNEIL, F/O William Carlton (J85606) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 11 June 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Medal presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949.

 

This officer has completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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MacNEILL, F/L George Edmund (J17615) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.437 Squadron (AFRO identifies unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Burtt's Corner, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 5 June 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.9 BGS (graduated 30 May 1942). DHist file 181.009 D.4855 (RG.24 Vol.20657) lists several nominees for this award, and ties him to No.437 Squadron. DHist file 181.009 D.1637 (RG.24 Vol.1637) has application for 1939-1945 Star which confirms No.437 connection. Arrived in UK, 6 November 1942 and engaged in several flights between there and North Africa, to 15 October 1943. Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has citation.

 

Early on D-Day, this officer flew as wireless operator and jump master on the paratroop operation to Normandy, and returned on the evening of the same day to drop supplies to the airborne troops. On 20th August, 1944, his aircraft was detailed to drop supplies to an armoured division which had become isolated near Falaise. The aircraft was met with intense fire from the ground and all other members of the crew were wounded. The aircraft was so badly damaged that it had to be force landed. Flight Lieutenant MacNeil immediately gave first aid to the navigator, who was severely wounded, and supported him to prevent further injury during the landing. He completely ignored his own safety. Flight Lieutenant MacNeill has participated in all the airborne operations since D-Day and by his coolness and devotion to duty has inspired the whole of the squadron personnel.

 


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MacNEILL, F/L Hamish Campbell (J11627) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.437 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Vancouver, 20 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 23 November 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 28 February 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 28 May 1942). No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.4855 (RG.24 Vol.20657) has recommendation from No.437 Squadron dated 9 June 1945. Unit navigation officer. Medal presented 21 February 1948.

 

Flight Lieutenant MacNeill joined this unit on its formation in September 1944, as Squadron Navigation Officer. Prior to that he operated for a considerable length of time as a navigator on the trans-Atlantic ferry flights.

 

As Squadron Navigation Officer he is responsible for the navigational efficiency of some fifty crews. This work he has carried out in a most exemplary manner, often going beyond his normal call of duty to ensure that the navigators were trained to the highest standard. By his own cheerfulness, efficiency and keenness he built up a navigation section comparable to the best in the service.

 

Above his normal administrative duties he was called upon to act as Navigator in the Squadron Commander's crew and at all times by his cool courage, determination and devotion to duty was an inspiration to everyone who worked with him.

 

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MacPHERSON, P/O Bruce Edward (J7236) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Home in St.Thomas, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 19 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 May 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 21 June 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 1 September 1941). No citation. DHist card has pencilled notation, "No.412 Squadron".

 

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MacPHERSON, W/C Ewart Gladstone (C557) - Officer, Legion of Merit (United States) - Award effective 18 March 1946 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. NOTE: This was originally announced in AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946, reference Canada Gazette dated 6 April 1946. AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946 cancels and re-instates. Born in Orangeville, Ontario, 18 April 1898. Served in 164th Battalion, CEF, 1916-1917 and Royal Flying Corps, 1917 to May 1919. Between the wars worked two years for Western Aeroplanes; also in advertising and insurance. Enlisted in Regina, 5 October 1932 as a Flying Officer; Flight Lieutenant, 1 November 1936, Squadron Leader, 1 September 1940; Wing Commander, 1 July 1940. Served with No.20 (B) Squadron, 1 November 1936 until mobilized to full-time duty, 6 September 1939. Major wartime postings were Station Vancouver (5 November 1939), Western Air Command Headquarters (3 January 1940), No.4 Training Command Headquarters (6 June 1940), No.2 ITS (Regina, 13 June 1940), No.1 ITS (Toronto, 26 March 1941), No.2 ITS again (20 June 1941), No.4 ITS (Edmonton, 25 April 1943), No.4 Training Command (Calgary, 10 November 1944), No.2 Air Command Headquarters (Winnipeg, 30 November 1944); retired 19 January 1945. Award presented in Winnipeg, 11 April 1946 by Colonel Harry J. Keiling, Deputy Commander, Alaskan Division, Air Transport Command. Colonel Francis J. Graling, writing to AFHQ, 9 March 1946, provided citation.

 

Wing Commander Edward G. MacPherson performed outstanding services from April 1943 to November 1944 as Officer Commanding, No.4 Initial Training School, Royal Canadian Air Force, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He gave unsparingly of his personal assistance, as well as the facilities and services of his organization, to aid the United States Forces in accomplishing their mission in northwest Canada.

 

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MacPHERSON, F/L Stanley Winslow (J9241) - Mention in Despatches - No.5 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Home in Prince Alberta, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 6 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 July 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 12 September 1941), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 26 December 1941).

 

The enthusiastic manner in which this officer has discharged his duties throughout his tour of operations have set a fine example for other captains and resulted in an attack on an enemy U-boat. Although no evidence of damage was indicated the initiative displayed by this officer was most commendable and indicative of the type of work he has performed throughout his operational career.

 

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MacQUEEN, Sergeant Adam Bruce (R54355) - British Empire Medal - No.2 Service Flying Training School. Award effective 8 June 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and RCAF Routine Order 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Home in Berwick, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa 21 August 1940.

 

Throughout this NCO's service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, his record has been one of hard work, an excellent knowledge of his trade and will co-operation with his superiors. By his outstanding efficiency and devotion to duty, he has set an example to his men and contributed largely to the successful operation of the servicing squadron on his unit.

 

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MacQUOID, F/O Raymond Charles (J5801) - Mention in Despatches - No.414 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Home in St.Andrews, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 23 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 29 March 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 21 June 1941). Killed in action 1 April 1943 (Mustang AG525). No citation. NOTE: Unit identified in AFRO as No.400 Squadron. No published citation to award. Directorate of History and Heritage files have recommendedation for MiD compiled by W/C R.F. Begg, Commanding Officer, No.414 Squadron on 23 August 1942.

 

 

During the Battle of Dieppe on 19th August 1942, this officer accompanied his Flight Commander on two low reconnaissances over the approaches to the battle area. During the second of these he showed great skill and complete disregard for personal safety in strafing anti-aircraft positions to protect the Flight Commander. In so doing, he silenced several guns, inflicted numerous casualties and damaged an RDF station. In this action his aircraft was badly damaged but with defective engine he returned to base and made a successful crash landing.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8769 has recommendation for a Croix de Guerre from No.414 Squadron, dated 1 February 1943. The wording is identical to the above.

 

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MacRAE, F/L David John (J9687) - Mention in Despatches - EAC Meteorological Flight - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 5 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 August 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 10 July 1941), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 17 January 1942).

 

This officer has completed a very large number of flying hours in the service. During his tour with Meteorological Flight, he has proved himself to be a capable and courageous pilot and captain. He has made numerous instrument take-offs in the face of very poor weather condition, thereby contributing materially to the splendid record which has been achieved by this organization.

 

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MACRITCHIE, WO2 Malcolm Donald (R196541) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1920; home in Vancouver (labourer); enlisted in Saskatoon, 2 November 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 June 1943) and No.3 BGS. Medal presented 29 January 1947.

 


Warrant Officer Macritchie as air gunner has completed his first operational tour which has included attacks against such targets as Kiel, Essen and Cologne. On three occasions his aircraft has been in combat with enemy fighters, two of which made very persistent attacks. In June 1944, during a sortie against Trappes, his aircraft was subjected to three attacks by a Messerschmitt 109. By his speedy, decisive commentary and accurate counter fire Warrant Officer Macritchie successfully beat off the attacker. While engaged on another mission against Dusseldorf in November 1944, repeated attacks were made on his aircraft by an enemy fighter. A very prolonged engagement ensued and his aircraft was forced down to a height of 4,000 feet before eventually evading the fighter. Again by his excellent commentary and counter fire this Warrant Officer played a large part in the safe return of his aircraft and crew. At all times Warrant Officer Macritchie's coolness, courage and devotion to duty have been most noteworthy.

 

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MacRORY, F/L Brian Francis John (C7256) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Peace River, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 5 September 1941. Certificate sent 16 August 1948.

 

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MacTAVISH, S/L Ian Edward (J4419) - Mention in Despatches - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Born 28 July 1916; home in Seaforth, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 25 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 25 November 1940), No.6 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1941; commissioned nest day) and No.1 ANS (graduated 3 May 1941). Posted to No.1 SFTS, 6 May 1942; to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 16 July 1943; to United Kingdom, 25 August 1943; repatriated 5 August 1945; released 17 September 1945. Unit not given in AFRO which says only "Overseas". Navigator was F/O A.M. Grant (also MiD). They claimed the following: one FW.190 destroyed (1/2 September 1944), one Ju.87 destroyed (24/25 December 1944), one Ju.88G destroyed (24/25 March 1945). See The RCAF Overseas: The Sixth Year, pp.310,313 and 315.

 

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MacWILLIAM, F/L Dudley Lyell Sait (J10970) - Air Force Cross - No.1 IFS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946 - Born in Quebec City, February 1914. Enlisted at Quebec, 5 June 1940 - Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 July 1940), No.31 EFTS (graduated 8 January 1941), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 30 November 1942). As of award had flown 3,550 hours, of which 3,350 were instructor hours, 542 hours in past six months. Instructed on instrument flying until 1949; to AFHQ, December 1949; to Staff College, September 1951. To flying duties, April 1954. By 1957 he was a Group Captain.

 


Since his attachment to this unit in December 1944, Flight Lieutenant MacWilliam has continually devoted his time and efforts to improving the efficiency and progress of flying at this school. His untiring efforts in compiling and rewriting pilots orders and conducting ground school classes have been of invaluable aid to his superiors. In loyalty, devotion to duty, responsibility and determination he has set a splendid example.

 

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