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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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66 Squadron Crest
25.12.1944 No. 66 Squadron Spitfire LF.XVI SM211 P/O. 'Big Mac' McLeod

Operation: Armed recce 

Date: 25th December 1944 (Monday)

Unit: 66 Squadron 

Type: Spitfire LF.XVI

Serial: SM211 

Coded: LZ-?                  

Base: B79 ALG (Advanced Landing Ground)

Location: De Steeg near Dieren Holland 

Pilot: P/O ‘Big Mac’ Ian Douglas McLeod NZ/42429 RNZAF Age 23. Killed.


Took-off from B79, (Woensdrecht) in the Netherlands for armed recce, at 08:30 hrs. 

3 Aircraft taking part in the staffing attack, on an ammunition train between De Steeg and Dieran. Two peeled away whilst P/O. McLeod returned for a second pass - he was hit by the anti-aircraft fire seconds before the train blew up. He crashed in a field at 09:15 hrs next to the main street in De Steeg.

Above area of operations and below P/O. McLeod and grave at Rheden General Cemetery, Netherlands.


P/O. Ian Douglas McLeod, Rheden General Cemetery, Netherlands (Heiderust) Grave 9. Son of Alexander McLeod and of Catherine McLeod (née Ogilvie), of Dunsdale, Southland, New Zealand.

The book Spitfire Diary, written by Ted Smith ISBN: 9780718306922 describes some of his combats within the squadron. 

Also, the research publications by Errol Martyn ISBN:0473 063107 covering RNZAF losses from 1943 - 1998. Volume 1 covers 1915 - 1942 ISBN: 978-0473052638 and the final volume III Biographies and Appendices including updates on previous two volumes.ISBN:9780473128289 Published by Volplane Press.

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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