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11.06.1940 No. 21 Squadron Blenheim IV L8746 Fl/Lt. Don MacDonald

Operation: La Mare,Troop concentrations

Date: 11th June 1940 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 21 Squadron

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: L8746

Code: YH-?

Base: RAF Bodney, Watton, Norfolk

Location: St-Aubin-sur-Scie, France

Pilot: P/O. Don MacDonald RCAF PoW No: 115. Camp: Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang and Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria. (1)

Obs: Sgt. Gwyn Lewis 580549 RAF Age 21. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Alistair Gordon Murray 759321 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

A disastrous day for the RAF and 21 squadron in particular losing some 3 aircraft from the unit. (10 aircraft lost in total)

Pilot Don Macdonald

L8746 was shot down at 19:00 hrs by, it is understood, Lt. Senoner of 3./JG20. They had been taking part in bombing troop concentrations at La Mare.

Above, Group shot taken at, we understand, Stalag Luft Sagan in 1944, Canadian aircrew from Manitoba, Canada. P/O. MacDonald is shown rear row, 1st left. (courtesy Bill Anderson) (1)

(1) P/O. Don MacDonald (Later Fl/Lt) Enlisted April 1939. After the war became president of the PoW Association of Manitoba.

Above and left: St-Aubin-sur-Scie Communal Cemetery as photographed by our Kate Tame in 2012. Any relative who would like a copy of these in high resolution please contact us.

Burial details:

Sgt. Gwyn Lewis. St-Aubin-sur-Scie Communal Cemetery. Son of Annie Lewis, of Sketty, Swansea, Wales.

Sgt. Alistair Gordon Murray. St-Aubin-sur-Scie Communal Cemetery. Son of Alexander William Gordon Murray and of Winifred May Murray (nee Harrison), of Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.


Researched for relatives of these crews with thanks for additional information to Bill Anderson (1), Graham Warner - 'The Bristol Blenheim', Peter Cornwell - 'Battle of France Then and Now', Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol. 1, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Also thanks to Elizabeth Chambers for advising correct next of kin for Sgt. Lewis.

(1) Bill Anderson is the son of another crew member P/O. Robert Anderson, also shot down, but later in the war in April 1944. He is also featured in the above photograph taken at, we understand, Stalag Luft Sagan. (Shown 4th from left, rear row)

KTY 06.06.2015 Map changed

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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