22nd August 1943 485 Squadron Spitfire LF.IX EN634 F/O. Sutherland
Operation: Ramrod 212
Date: 22nd August 1943 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 485 Squadron (motto: Ka whawhai tonu - 'We will fight on') 11 Group
Type: Spitfire LF.IX
Base: RAF Biggin Hill, Kent
Pilot: F/O. 'Mac' Malcolm George Sutherland NZ/413506 RNZAF Age 23. Seriously injured
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at about 18:00 hrs from RAF Biggin Hill in Kent to escort USAAF B.26 Marauders that were to bomb the airfield at Beaumont-le-Roger. When over France they were attacked by 50-60 Luftwaffe fighters from JG2 who made 6 claims on this operation.
Shot down and taken PoW. Tried to escape from the hospital in Rouen but quickly capture. After treatment which necessitated the amputation of a limb made a PoW at Stalag Luft Sagan with Pow No: 3328'
FO. Malcolm George Sutherland with Spitfire BM513. Earlier shot down by flak near Neuville on the 06th February 1942 pilot Fl/Sgt. Alistair McLean Skinner J/16082 RCAF force landed, but safe. A Canadian fighter ace with 11 claims. Killed January 17, 1943 whilst with 402 Squadron.
4 Spitfires from 485 Squadron were also lost:
Spitfire IX EN631 Flown by P/O. Fraser Dudley Clark NZ/414590 killed
.Spitfire IX BS543 Flown by Fl/Sgt. Leslie Samuel McQueen White DFC. MiD. NZ/413919 RNZAF though initially captured he soon escaped and evaded capture via Spain and returned to his unit. His biography "Pilot on the Run" written by Errol Brathwaite, published by Hutchinson in 1986. ISBN-13: 978-0091651503. Passed away in 1988 age 81. Understood to be buried at Te Puia Springs Cemetery.
Spitfire IX JL223 Flown by F/O. John Donald Rae DFC NZ/402896 RNZAF (known as 'JD') shot down and take PoW. Held at Stalag Luft Sagan with PoW number 2383. During his 'stay' he had attempted and escape but was quickly captured. Had previously served in Malta with 249 Squadron and a fighter ace with 13 claims attributed to him. He passed away on the 19th December 2008 age 88 of Kerikeri, North Island, New Zealand.
More information can be found on John Caulton's website here.
F/O. 'Mac' Malcolm George Sutherland. None - survived the war. After the war later returned to live in New Zealand. Passed away on the 14th May 1969 aged just 49. Understood to be buried at Te Puia Springs Cemetery.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to John Caulton and the daughter of F/O. Malcolm George Sutherland. also to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: