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J. H. Maas . Royal Air Force Squadron 320 (Dutch) from Holland)
On 9th February 1945 a Mitchell FR165 NO-K of 320 squadron, had a nose-tail collision with FW212 in climbing through a cloud-layer soon after take off from Melsbroek, and crashed near Tirlemont, Belgium. The target was Geldern.
Crew members were:
- P/O J.H. Maas - bailed out and was safe
- Nav. G. Claassen - bailed out and was safe
- Sgt. D.H.J. Born (British) - KIA - grave grave at British War Cemetery at Leopoldsburg (Belgium)
- Sgt. H. Harsevoort - MIA - memorial stone at Loenensflynn
John "Reg" Mabbott . Royal Air Force 229 Sqdn. from Nottinghamshire)
I am looking for information about 229 Squadron RAF, especially if anyone has information in relation to my late father, John Mabbott (aka Reg Mabbott). He was from Nottinghamshire and served in Egypt and Italy. I believe he was a winchman or drogue operator. Any information would be great.K Bennett
F/Sgt. R. MacAllister . Royal Australian Air Force 97 Squadron
Mabel Hawthorn Macaluso . Land Army
My Mom, Mabel Hawthorn Macaluso, who is now 81 years old, was in the Land Army - it was during that time that she met my dad while he was serving in the US Army Aircorp. Mom used to deliver milk to the American base from the farm she worked on in Long Marston. Mom and dad have been married for nearly 65 years - my brother was born during the War. After the War, mom and my brother came over to the states, via New York, along with hundreds of other war brides. Mom and dad have gone back to England many many times over the years and every time they go back they always take a side trip to where they courted during the War and for many years Mom kept in contact with owners and the children of the owners of the farm she worked at. My Mom will be so excited to read all the articles on your website and I will encourage her write down her memories of this special time in her life. Although I am 55 yers old, my mom is still my hero and I love her deeply and love hearing her stories of her childhood and growing up during the War.Carol Macaluso Bostic
Calvin R. MacAnally . United States Marine Corps from Ocean City, NJ)
John George MacAndrew . Royal Air Force from London)
John was stationed at an Operational Training Unit during the war. He trained bomber crew, particularly Canadians and remembers many tragedies. He later worked as a test pilot for British Overseas Airways Corporation and British Airways. He married a woman from Dublin and moved to Ireland in about 2000. He lives there with his daughter to this day.Liam Doyle
William Burns Macartney . Royal Navy HMS Campania from Glasgow)
My Father, Willie Macartney was a fireman (engine room) on board the aircraft carrier HMS CamPania D48. He used to tell me stories about a Pendulum that would swing near it's limits, apparently measured ship's tilt in rough weather, think it was in the ship's mess room? He chatted about planes that would leave and not return and the extreme weather on convoy duty where they would chip ice to prevent build up. I was only a lad when we talked, we used to have documentation, but this was lost due to many house moves in later years.John Macartney
F/Sgt John Simeon McPhail "Bible John" MacAskill . Royal Air Force 98 Sqd. from Norwich)
Does anyone know of my late father F/Sgt John MacAskill? He trained in Oudtshoorn, South Africa, from 31 Aug 1942- 2nd Jan 1943. He was then with 13 O.T.U Bicester before his first tour of duty with 98 Squadron 3rd May 1944. The Aircrafts he flew were :- Anson, Oxford, Blenheim(1V), Boston (IIIA), Mitchell (IID) It would be lovely if there's anyone still living that flew with him, especially Sgt.Nicholson who he seemed to spend most of his tour of duty. Many thanks,Fiona MacAskill
F/Sgt. John Simeon McPhail MacAskill . Royal Air Force 98 Squadron
My late father, F/Sgt John MacAskill, trained in Oudtshoorn, South Africa, from 31st August 1942 to 2nd January 1943. He was then with 13 OTU RAF Bicester before his first tour of duty with 98 Squadron on 3rd May 1944. The aircraft he flew were Anson, Oxford, Blenheim(1V), Boston (IIIA) and Mitchell (IID).
If anyone reading this flew with my father, especially a Sgt. Nicholson with whom he seemed to spend most of his tour of duty, please contact me.Fiona MacAskill
Alexander Alistair MacBain . Army The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (d.1940)
George MacBain . Army The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
My uncle, George MacBain was a member of the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders was captured at st Valerie in 1940 his brother Alexander Alistair Macbain was in the same regiment and was killed in 1940. Uncle George was marched to Stalag XXA where he spent the rest of the war working on a farm. He has told me many horendous stories of the war. Are any of the men who shared those years of his life still alive? He would love to hear from them. One time in Stalag XXA he was nick named "The Blue Man" after catching a form of impatigo from the cattle and his face had to be painted with blue gencenviolet, does that jog any ones memory?
Many Thanks to all you soldiers for giving so much and receiving so little in the name of freedom.Robert Hampton
1st Rd.Op Alan Godfrey MacBeth . Merchant Navy SS Cape Corso (d.2nd May 1942)
Alan MacBeth lost his life when the SS Cape Corso was sunk.
Mary "Molly" MacCloud . Air Raid Protection Warden from Kensington)
Does anyone know how I might track down any records of an air raid warden from Kensington named Mary MacLeod Moore, or Mary Rees, or Molly Rees? (Rees was her married name, but she wrote under the name of Mary MacLeod Moore.) Any help would be much appreciated.Debbie Marshall
Alexander MacCuaig . Merchant Navy SS Athenia from Islay)
My Grandfather, Alexander MacCuaig, born on Islay in 1883, was a member of the crew on SS Athenia when she was sunk on 3 September 1939. I believe he worked in the engine room as a Stoker. My own mother, born in 1936, had a "skull cap" when she was born, a thin extra layer of skin, which apparently sailors think is a lucky omen. My grandfather took this to sea with him. Thankfully he survived and lived until the ripe old age of 92.Douglas Gray
Cadet Anthony Dermuid MacDermott . Royal Navy HMS Royal Oak from Bagshot)
(d.14th Oct 1939)
Antony Dermuid Macdermott, died 14 October 1939 on HMS Royal Oak. He was a Bagshot man and on our War Memorial at St Anne's Church, Bagshot.Lynne Cowley
Seaman A. MacDonald . Royal Naval Reserve HMS Forfar
MacDonald was one of the crew members who surved the lost of the Forfar in 1940.
Bernard Edward MacDonald . Royal Air Force 90 Squadron
My late uncle Bernard Edward MacDonald was a bomb aimer with 90 Squadron from January to June 1945 and I would like to know what crew he flew with and on how many missions and where if possible. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Does anyone have any photos of crews with 90 Sqdn or any family members that may?John B. Kelly
Flight Sergeant D C MacDonald . RCAF 59 SquadronLorenzo del Mann
Seaman Donald MacDonald . Royal Naval Reserve HMS Forfar from Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland)
(d.2nd Dec 1940)
Sergeant E MacDonald . RAF VR 59 SquadronLorenzo del Mann
Seaman Hugh MacDonald . Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve HMS Forfar from Fearn, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland)
(d.2nd Dec 1940)
Flight Sergeant J L MacDonald . RCAF 619 Squadron (d.8th February 1945)Joan Vlietman
Jessy MacDonald . Timber Corps
Seaman John Mudo MacDonald . Royal Naval Reserve HMS Forfar from Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland)
(d.2nd Dec 1940)
Kenneth John Macdonald . Royal Air Force
P/O Malcolm "Mac" MacDonald . Royal Canadian Air Force 500 Squadron from Saskatoon, Canada)
I was looking up some information about my Grandfather's service in WWII I thought I would share a few things about my Grandfather for anyone who is interested and to honour his service to his country & the allied forces in WWII. My Grandfather,Malcolm MacDonald flew bombers and reconnaissance planes for the RCAF from 1939 until 1945 and was fortunate enough to survive the war. He lived a long happy life, had 3 children and 5 grandchildren, and died a few years ago at the age of 92. I know at least for some time he was attached to the RAF’s 500 squadron. I know that he flew a Baltimore plane amongst many others and one plane, if I recall correctly, was called the A30A, which I believe was the fastest plane the allies had at the time.
I won’t give details but I know he and his crew were at least in part responsible for sinking a 500 Ton U-Boat in the Mediterranean. I have a heard the story in detail many times. I don’t remember him ever talking about his experiences by choice but my Grandmother would often ask him to tell us Grandchildren his war stories. He had many amazing and interesting ones as you might imagine. He never seemed to be troubled by his experiences and when he talked about them he seemed undisturbed and humble. For example apparently at the end of the war he pulled his parachute out and it was full of holes after 7 years of war. He said he never thought about having to ditch a plane, he always figured he’d be able to save it. If anyone has questions feel free to ask. Remember to wear your poppies.Drewzer
Pte. Murdo MacDonald . British Army Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
My father, Murdo MacDonald, was with the Cameron's in Burma and his brother Alastair was with the Cameron's and captured at St Valary. They were from the Isle of Skye. If anybody knows of anybody who served with them please contact meRuaraidh MacDonald
L/Cpl. Murdo MacDonald . British Army 1st Btn. Cameron Highlanders from Skye)
My father Murdo MacDonald served with the 1st Cameron Highlanders in Burma.
Flying Officer R V MacDonald . RAF 59 SquadronLorenzo del Mann
P/O. Roderick Villiers Macdonald . Royal Air Force 59 Squadron
My dad, Roderick Macdonald was a member of 59 Squadron and flew many missions. I am sure they were part of the 1000 bomber raid on Bremen. His Pilot before he got his wings was F/O Du Ploy from Rhodesia. I have many photos if anyone is interested.John Macdonald
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