11.06.1940 21 Squadron Blenheim IV L8746 Flt.Lt. Don MacDonald
Operation: La Mare,Troop concentrations
Date: 11th June 1940 (Tuesday)
Unit: 21 Squadron
Type: Blenheim IV
Base: RAF Bodney, Watton, Norfolk
Location: St-Aubin-sur-Scie, France
Pilot: Plt.Off. Don MacDonald RCAF PoW No: 115 * (1)
Obs: Sgt. Gwyn Lewis 580549 RAF Age 21. Killed
WOp/Air Gnr: Sgt. Alistair Gordon Murray 759321 RAFVR Age 19. Killed
* Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang and Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria
REASON FOR LOSS:
A disastrous day for the RAF and 21 Sqn in particular losing some 3 aircraft from the unit. (10 aircraft lost in total)
Pilot Plt.Off. Don Macdonald
A Blenheim was claimed on the 11th June 1940 by Ltn. Kurt Senoner, his 1st, from 3./JG20 south of Dieppe at 20:00 hrs (OKL Fighter claims). Only one Blenheim was lost this day so it is probable that this was L8746. 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. Plt.Off. MacDonald is shown rear row, 1st left. (courtesy Bill Anderson). See Featured story for details of the PoWs
(1) Plt.Off. Don MacDonald (Later Flt.Lt) Enlisted in April 1939. After the war he became a member of the RCAF Ex-Prisoners of War Association. Don passed away on the 28th May 2006.
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.
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. Also thanks to Elizabeth Chambers for advising correct next of kin for Sgt. Lewis.
Note: Bill Anderson is the son of another crew member Plt.Off. 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)