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Flying Officer Daniel McLean .     Royal Air Force 578th Squadron   from Sandgate, Ayr, Scotland)

Daniel Mclean was the sole survivor of aircraft, LKL, which was shot down over Germany, 21st February 1945. As bomb aimer during bombing run, the nose cone was blasted off by an attack of ME109s, at 10,000 feet. He was shot on his left side, but managed to get his right arm hooked into the harness during freefall and open chute. He was captured and was not given any medical attention.

He was transfered from a German police cell to Dulag Luft near Wetzlar, then onto Stalagluft111A (Stalag X111d) southeast of Nuremberg. On April 17th 1945, General Patton and his tanks arrived at the camp gates and he was given medical attention also Freedom. This is confirmed in the book Based at Burn Mk11.

James Miller



Sergeant David McLean .     RAF VR 106 Squadron (d.2nd January 1944)

Lancaster JB642 bomber with the 106 Squadron on operation to Berlin, lost on the 2nd of January 1944. JB642 was one of two No.106 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. Airborne 0020 2nd January 1944 from Metheringham. Outbound, crashed at Hoya, a town straddling the Weser, 14 km SSW of Verden. Those killed are buried in Hannover War Cemetery.

At 18, Sgt Withington was amongst the youngest to die on air operations in Bomber Command.

  • P/O F.H.Garnett KIA
  • Sgt D.McLean KIA
  • F/S T.J.Thomas KIA
  • Sgt E.M.J.Pease KIA
  • Sgt E.Edge KIA
  • Sgt J.A.Withington KIA
  • Sgt A.A.E.Elsworthy PoW was interned in Camps 4B/L3, PoW No.269841.

    Holly Middleditch



  • Sergeant David McLean .     RAF VR 106 Squadron (d.2nd January 1944)

    Lancaster JB642 bomber with the 106 Squadron on operation to Berlin, lost on the 2nd of January 1944. JB642 was one of two No.106 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. Airborne 0020 2nd January 1944 from Metheringham. Outbound, crashed at Hoya, a town straddling the Weser, 14 km SSW of Verden. Those killed are buried in Hannover War Cemetery.

    At 18, Sgt Withington was amongst the youngest to die on air operations in Bomber Command.

  • P/O F.H.Garnett KIA
  • Sgt D.McLean KIA
  • F/S T.J.Thomas KIA
  • Sgt E.M.J.Pease KIA
  • Sgt E.Edge KIA
  • Sgt J.A.Withington KIA
  • Sgt A.A.E.Elsworthy PoW was interned in Camps 4B/L3, PoW No.269841.

    Holly Middleditch



  • Sergeant Don McLean .     RCAF 59 Squadron

    Lorenzo del Mann



    F/L Eric Docra McLean .     Royal Canadian Air Force 407 Sqd.

    My Grandfather Eric Mclean flew 18 missions with RCAF 407 'Demon' Squadron. 11 as co/pilot, 7 as pilot. Demon squadron was famous for it's skill at low level bomb deployment on German submarines as defence of allied shipping in the North Sea & English Channel.

    My grandfather was involved in a somewhat dishonourable act of striking his senior officer. It seems that after an near accident on a flight mission due to the incompetence of the navigator he reported to his C/O that he would no long fly with the individual. His C/O reprimanded him and called him a coward whereby my grandfather struck the senior officer. Whereby he was stripped of rank and return to Halifax for trial, he missed the closing months of the war. In Canada, he was later excused for the incident and reinstated.

    After the war he served with honour as a flight trainer until retiring in the 1960s. My grandfather survived the war, married, had 4 four children, and many grandchildren. Settled in Sutton West, Ontario. Passed away in 1995.

    Doug



    Pilot Officer G McLean .     RAF VR 59 Squadron

    Lorenzo del Mann



    Able Sea. Harold Mclean .     Royal Navy HMS Acheron   from Peterhead)

    My uncle, Harold Mclean, who was on leave from the HMS Acheron at the time of sinking. Any information would be appreciated.

    Jim Mclean



    L/Cpl. John McLean .     British Army 2nd Btn. Seaforth Highlanders   from Spey Bay, Morayshire)

    (d.28th Mar 1945)

    I am desperately trying to find out anything about my Uncle John Mclean as there seems to be some discrepancy about where and how he died.

    Monica McLean



    Sgt. John Alfred Leslie McLean .     RAFVR 9 Squadron (d.29 September 1941)

    John was my late mother's sweetheart. He was killed, aged 21, in a Wellington Mk 1C - Operation Genoa, 29 September 1941, and is buried in Milan War Cemetery, along with the other crew.

    All through my childhood I was taken by my mother to visit John's mother, never quite understanding who this lady was. Only in later life did my mother tell me. She never forgot John, despite 62 years of marriage to my father, and always kept his photograph and letters. I now remember him for her on the aniversary of his death, and on Remembrance Day I place a poppy on a war memorial for him. My brother was given John's name as a second name, and I was given Lesley (the female version of Leslie)as a second name, in his memory. I have never visited John's grave (though I was once close by without knowing) but this is from a poem I wrote about John, how he affected my life: ...I wish I'd known, then, that you were buried there. I would have visited your airman's grave, from where that precious marble chip my mother always kept, had come. You were only twenty-one and if not for the war, might have become my father, but your plane was torn from the sky, denying you that chance. Each November Mother wore a poppy, took me on the fog-swaddled Woolwich ferry to see your mother, offering her a grandchild for a while. This ritual helped to keep your memory alive, though every trip, it seemed, dissolved in mist and tears. Father gave me part of your name, but he never came on all those journeys we made across the river.

    Jacqui Rochford



    LAC. John Joseph Mclean .     Royal Air Force 48 Sqd.   from Birkenhead)

    Jack McClean served as an Airframes fitter with 48 Squadron.

    Bernard Mclean



    Flt. Sgt. Robert Hudson McLean .     RAAF 106 Sqd. (d.30th Aug 1944)




    W/Cpl William McLean .     British Army 1st Btn. South Lancashire Regiment   from Manchester)

    William McLean joined up on 20 June 1940 in 50th South Lancashire Regiment and on 09 Oct 1940 was transferred to 9th South Lancashire. On 09 Feb 1943 was transferred to 1st South Lancashire and on 08 April 1943 attached to 3 Beach Group. On 02 July 1944 he embarked to North West Europe. On 08 Nov 1945 he was transferred to 38 RHU which I believe was East Lancashire Regiment before being released and dishcarged in Jan 1946.

    Paul Taylor



    Warrant Officer Class 1 V A McLellan .     RCAF 59 Squadron

    Lorenzo del Mann



    Seaman D. McLeod .     Royal Navy HMS Forfar

    McLeod is listed amongst the survivors picked up after the sinking of HMS Forfar. He is also listed in the chorus of the revue "Get Sailing" which was performed onboard the Forfar on the 19th of June 1940.




    F/Sgt. W. R. McLeod .     Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve air gunner. 419 Sqd.




    Private Robert Edgar McLetchie .     Army 1st Btn. Highland Light Infantry   from Ruchill, Glasgow)

    (d.29th Jul 1944)

    I would really like to find out more about my Uncle Robert Edgar McLetchie who, my Father never got over losing during the second world war. If anyone should know how and where he died I would be very grateful to hear from them. He is buried in the Bayeux War Cemetry

    Alison Clarke



    Fireman. Joseph McLindon .     Merchant Navy HMS Comorin (d.15th Mar 1941)

    Joseph McLindon Died Age 47 whilst serving on HMS Comorin with the Naval Auxiliary Personnel. He was born in Jarrow in 1893 and is buried in Jarrow Cemetery. He is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.

    Vin Mullen



    L/Bmdr Francis Joseph "Paddy" McLoughlin .     British Army Royal Artillery

    My late Grandfather, Francis Joseph "Paddy" McLoughlin, was held at camp 4dz near Annaburg and was released by the Americans at the end of the war. Prior to this he was held at Campo 73, Carpi in Italy following his capture by the Germans in North Africa. He was a Lance Bombardier in the Royal Artillery, army number 882792, POW number 247056 and had previously been in France before escaping from Dunqerqe.

    If anybody has any information on either camp or knew of my Grandfather I would love to hear from them.

    John McLoughlin



    Francis Joseph "Paddy" McLoughlin .     Army Royal Artillery

    My late grandfather, Francis Joseph "Paddy" McLoughlin, was a lance bombardier in the Royal Artillery, escaped at Dunkerque, was then later captured in North Africa and subsequently held at Campo 73 in Carpi, Italy and then Stalag 4DZ near Annaburg.

    I'm trying to get info on either camp (memories, photos, anything) and, unlikely I know, hear from anyone who knew my Grandad.

    John McLoughlin



    Pte. John Edward Mcloughlin .     British Army Royal Army Medical Corps   from 12 Paisley Street, Burnley, Lancashire)

    My father, John Mcloughlin served from aproximatly 1943 to 1946. He served in England and Germany.

    Peter Mcloughlin



    Flight Sergeant W McLoughlin .     RAF 59 Squadron

    Lorenzo del Mann



    Rfm. Michael McMahon .     British Army 7th Batalion Scottish Rifles   from Glasgow)

    (d.28th Oct 1944)

    My grandfather Michael McMahon served with the 7th Battalion Scottish Cameronians, 52nd Lowland Division. He was killed during Operation Infatuate on the River Sheldtz, on 28th october 1944 aged 35. They were clearing a causeway . I Would like to learn more about his service .

    Sarah McMahon



    Rfm. Michael McMahon .     British Army Cameronian Scottish Rifles   from Glasgow)

    (d.28th Oct 1944)

    My father was only 2yrs old when his father, Mick McMahon was fighting to clear the causeway in the River Scheldt. I don't know how he died, but he was only 35 yrs old, and was involved in Operation Infatuate with 52nd Lowland Division. He is buried in Bergen-op-Zoom. He received 4 medals.

    Does anyone remember him? He's my hero, and I don't know what he looks like, or how he died.

    Sarah



    P/O Philip Joseph McManus .     Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve air gunner. 419 Sqd.   from Herne Hill, London, England.)

    (d.17th Jun 1944)




    Flt. Sgt. J. P. McMaster .     RCAF 428 Sqd

    Flt Sgt McMaster flew with My uncle, F/S Paul Barske a Canadian, in 428 Squadron "B" RCAF. His partial diary was handed down to me from my grandmother.

    The crew were:

    • S/L J.R.Beggs RCAF
    • Sgt T.C.Qualey
    • F/S J.P.McMaster RCAF
    • Sgt P.J.Barske RCAF
    • F/O G.M.Ruff RCAF
    • Sgt F.Moore RCAF
    • Sgt G.W.Redwood

    Halifax NA-G, Serial Number LK969, took off from Middleton St.George on the 25th of November 1943 at 23:33. The aircraft was shot down at 19,000 feet over Frankfurt by a night-fighter. The opening burst set the starboard inner engine on fire and its second pass killed Sgt Barske as well as setting light to the outer starboard engine. The rest of the crew survived but were all captured and taken prisoners of war; S/L J.R.Beggs was held in Stalag 9C with F/S J.P.McMaster who also spent time in Stalag 357. Sgt F.Moore was held in Stalag 4B, with Sgt T.C.Qualey and Sgt G.W.Redwood, the later also spent time at Stalag Luft 3. F/O G.M.Ruff was held at Stalag Luft 1. Sgt Barske was buried in the Durnbach War Cemetery.

    Can anyone tell me more?

    Linda Gillis



    P/O James Gordon McMaster .     Royal Canadian Air Force pilot 419 Sqd.   from Toronto, Canada)

    (d.17th May 1944)




    Sgt. William Ernest McMeakin .     British Army 1/4th Btn. C Company Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry   from Kirkdale, Liverpool)

    (d.5th Oct 1944)

    Bill McMeakin was my father in law whom I never knew. He was killed in action on the 5/10/44 in the battle for Poppel forest near the Dutch town of Goirle. He is buried in the war cemetery in Leopoldsburg just over the border in Belgium. My wife, his daughter Patricia and myself visited his grave last May. An extremely moving and sad moment. Bill's name is on the war memorial in the town of Goirle, although it is spelt wrongly. ie MacMeakin instead of McMeakin.

    If any of Bills old comrades are still about, or if anybody knew him, we would love to hear from them.

    Fred Kirkham



    Peter McMenemy .     British Army Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders   from Motherwell, Scotland)

    My Uncle, Peter McMenemy was captured and made a POW shortly after arriving in the battlefield. He was with the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders who responded to Hitler's invasion of Poland in 1939-1945. A German MD nursed him back to health when the prison camp was abandoned and reunited him with the British. He moved to Coventry and stayed there, alone, until he died in the 1960's or 70's. He never really recovered from his ill treatment as a POW.

    Update: He was probably in the 6th, 7th or 8th Battalion each of which lost many in the retreat to Dunkirk, between the 5th and 7th June 1940.

    Dr Denis P Curran



    Corporal Michael James McMillan .     British Army 6th Battallion Scottish Rifles   from Glasgow)

    I would like to contact Michael as I last saw him in 1944. I was in contact with his sister, Margaret for some time but lost touch.

    Mrs M Scott



    Pilot Officer P McMillan .     RAF VR

    Lorenzo del Mann




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