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403 Squadron Crest
28.03.1945 No. 403 Squadron Spitfire XVI SM302 F/O. 'Mac' Reeves

Operation: Patrol

Date: 28th March 1945

Unit: No. 403 squadron

Type: Spitfire MkXVI

Serial: SM302

Code: KH-?

Base: Eindhoven Airfield

Location: 10 miles east of Haltern (Germany)

Pilot: F/O. ‘Mac’ Mckenzie Reeves J/87156 (R/143774) RCAF Age 25. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: 

Part of six Spitfires patrolling over Heerensberg - Borken area. Sgt R.E. Barbour and ‘Mac’ Reeves attacked german vehicles on the road. Reeves is hit by ground fire, 10 miles east of Haltern where it crashed and caught fire. 

He reported over the R/T that he had been hit but no parachute was seen. 

Burial details:  

F/O. ‘Mac’ Mckenzie Reeves. Nederweert War cemetery Limburg, NetherlandsGrave: IV.A.9. Further information: Son of Loomis S. Reeves, and of Florence Reeves, of Madoc, Ontario; Canada. F/O. Mackenzie "Mac" Born August 1st 1919 in Madoc, Ontario. 

Joins RCAF on December 4th 1941, trained at 10 EFTS and 2 SFTS F/O. moved to UK on 16 May 1943. To 57 OTU till October 26th 1943. Posted 403 Sqn at Brussels/Evere on December 31st 1944. 

On January 1st 1945 he is the first one to take off as wingman to "Dick" Reeves at 09:00, recalled he intercept some germans over the airfield and claims a Fw-190 shot down, followed by another from which the pilot baled out. He had a total of 763 hours with 403 Squadron at the time of his death.

Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - June 2015. Thanks also to Tony Harley for photographs of Mac Reeves, Des Philppet for grave photo. For further details our thanks to the sources quoted below.


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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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