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27th December 1939 269 Squadron Anson I K6286 P/O. Macdonald

Operation: Patrol

Date: 27th December 1939 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 269 Squadron. Coastal Command (motto Omnia videmus - 'We see all things')

Type: Anson I

Serial: K6286

Code: UA-E

Base: RAF Wick, Caithness, Scotland

Location: North Sea, East of Orkneys

Pilot: P/O. Angus Joseph Macdonald 36176 RAF Age 25. Missing - believed killed

Obs: P/O. James Bennion Beer 41364 RAF Age ? Missing - believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: AC.1. Thomas Finnigan 547574 RAF Age 19. Missing - believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: AC.2. William Thomas Lowey 619235 RAF Age 20. Missing - believed killed


The squadron was transferred to RAF Wick on the 10th October 1939, and executed aerial attacks against surfaced German U-boats.

K6286 took off at 10:26hrs on a routine patrol covering the south of the Orkneys. During the patrol they called signalling that the starboard engine had failed.

Nothing further was heard and it is believed they ditched east of the Orkneys. The bodies of the crew were not knowingly recovered.

Burial details:

P/O. Angus Joseph Macdonald. Runnymede Memorial Panel 1. Born on the 24th December 1914 at Grey Lynn, Auckland. Teacher at Newton West School prior to service. Son of John and May Margaret Head (née Quarterman)of Westmere, Auckland, New Zealand. (note; his birth certificate records him as Angus Macdonald Head) A total of 371 flying hours logged and completed 41 operational sorties.

P/O. James Bennion Beer. Runnymede Memorial Panel 1. No further details - are you able to assist?

AC.1. Thomas Finnigan. Runnymede Memorial Panel 2. Son of Hugh and Mary Finnigan, of Glasgow, Scotland.

AC.2. William Thomas Lowey. Runnymede Memorial Panel 3. Son of William and Elsie Ada Lowey, of Hull and husband of Olive Lowey, of Hull, England.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Ian Banks, Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

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