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SGT. C. HARPER.
Charles Harper – age 20 – Sergeant/Air Gunner (1829682) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
“Chick” was educated at Sanquhar Public School. He was involved in agricultural work at Knockenjig Farm, Kirkconnel and latterly in the nearby Ochiltree District in Ayrshire before he joined the RAF in early 1944. Charles was onboard a Wellington bomber of 85 Operational Training Unit from RAF Husbands Bosworth in Leicestershire which crashed at Althorp Park, Northamptonshire.
Born 1923 in Kelloholm, Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire.
Son of William and Christina Aird (Knight) Harper of 77 Anderson Street, Kelloholm, Kirkconnel.
Died on Service on 24 September 1944 and buried in Kirkconnel Cemetery. (CWG)
Named on the Kirkconnel War Memorial, on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial and on the Sanquhar School memorial.


SGT T.G. HIGGINS.
Thomas Gibson Higgins – age 23 – Sergeant/Air Gunner (1501767) 207 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Thomas was the rear gunner on his Lancaster bomber, based at RAF Spilsby in Lincolnshire, on a training flight when, due to a fire, it had to be abandoned near Grafton Underwood in Northamptonshire. Three of the crew were killed
Born 1921 in Troqueer, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Son of Robert Hamilton Higgins and Mary Jane (Swan) Higgins of Bankend, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire.
Died on Active Service on 22 December 1943 and buried in Caerlaverock Parish Churchyard. (CWG)
Named on the Caerlaverock War Memorial and on the Caerlaverock Parish Church memorial.


SGT M.H. HOGARTH.
Matthew Hogarth – age 21 – Sergeant (1006421) 70 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Matthew was educated at Sanquhar Public School and was employed in the headquarters of Dumfries Police when he enlisted. In 1941 70 Squadron were based at RAF Kabrit in Egypt flying Wellington bombers in the North African campaign. Matthew's aircraft crashed, returning from a raid on Benina in Lybia, when an engine cut out on landing.
Born 1920 in Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire.
Son of the late Matthew Hogarth, and of Marion (McIlwrick) Hogarth of Post Office House, Sanquhar.
Killed in Action on 20 December 1941 and named on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
Named on the Sanquhar War Memorial and on the Sanquhar School memorial.
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F/SGT J. HOLMES.
James Holmes – age 30 – Sergeant/Flight Engineer (977737) 405 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
James had been a motor mechanic at the Loch Garage, Lochmaben. His Halifax bomber had taken off from RAF Gransden Lodge in Cambridgeshire for a raid on Essen but was hit by ground fire and crashed in the target area. Four of the crew of seven were Canadians and three of the crew survived the crash. James and the others were buried in Dusseldorf North Cemetery but were re-interred at Reichswald in October 1946.
Born 1913 in Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire.
Son of James Holmes and of Williemary Borland (Lockerbie) Holmes of 26 High Street, Lochmaben and of Bebington, Cheshire.
Killed in Action on 28 May 1943 and buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Named on the Lochmaben War Memorial.


F/O G. HORSBURGH, D.F.M.
George Horsburgh, Distinguished Flying Medal – age 30 – Flying Officer/Air Gunner (155866) 7 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
George was educated at Lockerbie Academy and joined his father's grocery and bakery business in Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire. He joined the RAF in 1940 and served in the Middle East and Malta flying Wellington bombers. He was awarded a DFM as Sergeant (987151) George Horsburgh, 40 Squadron, for “gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations”. He returned to the UK in March 1943 and became a wireless operator and air gunner. He was commissioned from Sergeant (987151) as from December 1942 and promoted to Flying Officer from June 1943.
George was the mid-upper gunner when his Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Oakington in Cambridgeshire to attack targets in the Normandy battle area but the aircraft crashed at Bolbec, near Le Havre.
Born 1914 in Canonbie, Dumfriesshire.
Son of the late John Horsburgh and of Alice Horsburgh of Globe House, Ecclefechan.
Killed in Action on 8 August 1944 and buried in Bolbec Communal Cemetery, Seine-Maritime, France.
Named on the Hoddom Parish War Memorial in Ecclefechan.


F/SGT A.B.S. HOWAT.
Adam Black Seaton Howat – age 29 – Flight Sergeant/Air Gunner (979354) 218 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Adam was educated at Sanquhar Public School and was employed as a motor mechanic at the Nithsdale Garage in Sanquhar when he enlisted in 1940. He was the rear-gunner when his Stirling bomber had taken off from RAF Downham Market in Norfolk for a raid on Hamburg but the aircraft was attacked by a night fighter and crashed near Neumunster. Adam died of his injuries in Neumunster hospital and he was buried in the Civic Cemetery but was re-interred in Hamburg in September 1946.
Born 1916 in Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire.
Son of Archibald and Annie (Black) Howat of 17 Glendyne Place, Sanquhar.
Died of Wounds on 25 July 1943 and buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Germany.
Named on the Sanquhar War Memorial and on the Sanquhar School memorial.
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SGT J. HOWATSON.
James Howatson – age 23 – Sergeant (981103) 40 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
James enlisted in March 1940 and became a wireless operator/air gunner. In October 1941, 40 Squadron's Wellington bombers were flown to Malta, where they operated against targets in Italy and North Africa until May 1942, when the surviving aircraft were transferred to Egypt. It began to fly operations against the Axis forces in North Africa, moving west as the Allies advanced into Tunisia and in July 1943 they were based at the airfield at Hani West in Tunisia flying against targets in Sicily and Italy.
Born 1920 in Carsphairn, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Son of Francis and Elizabeth Howatson of Lowe Cleugh Farm, Dalry, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Missing in Action on 8 July 1943 and named on the Malta Memorial, Malta.
Named on the Dalry War Memorial.


CPL H.S. HYSLOP.
Henry Saunders Hyslop – age 27 – Corporal (1100460) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Henry was a passenger on board the cruiser/mine layer HMS Welshman when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-617 off the coast of Libya near Tobruk as she was sailing from Malta to Alexandria. The “Welshman” supported the island of Malta and brought food and essential supplies many times during the long siege in WW2.
Born 1915 in Langholm, Dumfriesshire as Henry Sanders Hyslop.
Son of Robert Duncan Hyslop and of Mary Chisholm (Sanders) Hyslop of Langholm.
Killed by Enemy Action on 1 February 1943 and buried in El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt.
Named on the Langholm War Memorial and on the Langholm Parish Church WW2 Memorial.


P/O W. JARDINE.
William Jardine – age 31 – Pilot Officer/Air Gunner (185218) 10 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
William was commissioned from Sergeant (1823391) in September 1944. He was the rear gunner when his Halifax bomber had taken off from RAF Melbourne in Yorkshire to conduct a mine-laying mission. After having dropped four mines in the Kattegat to the east of Frederikshavn, it was attacked by a German night fighter. The Halifax crashed near the village of Nψrre Halne. Only Navigator F/Lt William R. Parks managed to bail out and land near the village (he was smuggled to Sweden and back to the UK) The rest of the crew were buried at a German camp but were re-interred by local people after the liberation of Denmark.
Born 1913 in Dumfries.
Son of Jane Jardine. Husband of Jane Fisher (Rae) Jardine of Collin, Dumfries who he married in 1937 in Torthorwald, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in Action on 15 October 1944 and buried in Vadum Cemetery, Jutland, Denmark.
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial and on the St. Michael's Church memorial in Dumfries.
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W/O H. JOHNSTON, D.F.M.
Henry Johnston, Distinguished Flying Medal – age 23 – Warrant Officer (617247) Royal Air Force.
Harry was awarded the D.F.M. while he was serving in 115 Squadron as Flight Sergeant (617247) for his part in the attacks in July 1941 on German warships at Brest and La Pallice, including the "Gneisenau", the "Scharnhorst" and the "Prinz Eugen". He was on board an Anson of No.10 Advanced Flying Unit (Observers), based at RAF Dumfries, when it was involved in a mid-air collision with another Anson and crashed into the Solway near the Southerness Lighthouse. Harry's body was not found.
Born 1921 in Dumfries.
Son of James and Jean Johnston of Spittalfield Cottage, Glencaple Road, Dumfries. Husband of Joy E. M. (Southgate) Johnston of King's Lynn, Norfolk who he married in 1942 in King's Lynn.
Died on Active Service on 27 June 1944 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial and on the St. Michael's Church memorial in Dumfries.


F/SGT A. JOHNSTONE.
Andrew Johnstone – age 28 – Flight Sergeant/Air Gunner (659129) 50 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Andrew was educated at Sanquhar Public School and was employed by Thomas Gray and Sons, butchers in Sanquhar when he enlisted. Andrew's Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Skellingthorpe near Lincoln for a raid on Ladbergen north of Munster but the aircraft was attacked by a night fighter and crashed at Zelhem near Arnhem.
Born 1916 in New Cumnock, Ayrshire.
Son of Thomas and Mary Ann (Graham) of New Cumnock, of Sanquhar and of Crosskirk Cottage, Peebles. Husband of Elizabeth Mary (Carruthers) Johnstone of 29 Queen's Road, Sanquhar who he married in 1937 in Dumfries.
Killed in Action on 23 September 1944 and buried in Zelhem General Cemetery, Netherlands.
Named on the Sanquhar War Memorial and on the Sanquhar School memorial.


SGT A. KEEN.
Adam Keen – age 21 – Sergeant, Pilot (1343910) Fighter Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Adam was a clerk with Carmichael Ltd. in Dumfries and was a well known local footballer. He and his navigator Alan Weller were flying a Blenheim of 54 Operational Training Unit at night during their conversion to night-fighters when it hit a hill called Plover Cairn near Greencastle in Berwickshire.
Born 1921 in Dumfries.
Son of Peter and Grace (Inman) Keen 77 Shakespeare Street, Dumfries.
Died on Active Service on 3 November 1942 and buried in Dumfries (St. Michael's) Cemetery. (CWG)
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial and on the St. Michael's Church memorial in Dumfries.
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SGT A.M. KILTIE.
Alexander Murphie Kiltie – age 19 – Sergeant/Air Gunner (1822765) 630 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Alexander was the rear gunner when his Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF East Kirkby in Lincolnshire for a raid on Frankfurt but it crashed near Adinkerke, Belgium.
Born 1924 in Mochrum, Wigtownshire.
Son of David and Hannah (Murphie) Kiltie of Borness Point, Borgue, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Killed in Action on 18 March 1944 and buried in Coxyde Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Named on the Borgue War Memorial.


SGT H.C. KNIPE.
Humphrey Charles Knipe – age 20 – Sergeant/Wireless Op./Air Gunner (1001321) 15 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Humphrey was on the staff of the County Council in Dumfries when he enlisted in 1940. His Stirling bomber had taken off from RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire for a raid on Warnemunde but the aircraft was attacked by a night fighter and crashed at Brodersby north of Kiel.
Born 1921 Sleaford, Lincolnshire.
Son of Frederick John Knipe and of Mabel Margaret (Hill) Knipe of 12 Kirkton Terrace, Heathhall, Dumfries.
Killed in Action on 9 May 1942 and buried in Kiel War Cemetery, Germany.
Not named on any local War Memorial.


S/LDR P.W.F. LANDALE, D.F.C.
Peter Wellwood Fortune Landale, Distinguished Flying Cross – age 26 – Squadron Leader (70379) 10 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Peter was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in the RAF in March 1937 and transferred to the Reserve as a Flying Officer in March 1939. He was promoted to Flight Lieutenant in February 1941 and as Acting Squadron Leader he was awarded a DFC with effect from 17 July 1941 - "By his great courage, skill and personal example S/Ldr Landale has set a very high standard of airmanship in the squadron. These high qualities did not diminish after receiving injuries in a crash as a result of which he was in hospital for six months. He was one of the most reliable captains in the squadron."
He had been badly injured when his Whitley bomber, outbound from RAF Leeming in Yorkshire on a raid to Lorient, crashed near Rhymey in Glamorgan in November 1940. He was piloting another Whitley from Leeming for a raid on Hanover when it was attacked by a night fighter and crashed in the North Sea.
Born 1915 in Hong Kong.
Son of the late David Landale and of Mildred Sophia (Fortune) Landale of Dalswinton, Kirkmahoe, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in Action on 25 July 1941 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Named on the Kirkmahoe War Memorial and on a stained glass window in Dalswinton Church.
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F/SGT. J.J. LEITCH.
John Johnston Leitch – age 44 – Flight Sergeant (505185) 511 Squadron, Royal Air Force.
511 Squadron flew Avro York aircraft (passenger carrying version of the Lancaster bomber) on long distance routes - mainly to the Far-East. This aircraft came down in the Bay of Bengal during the Calcutta to Penang stage of its journey from London to Singapore. All 21 passengers and crew were lost.
Born 1902 in Annan, Dumfriesshire.
Son of Alexander Leitch and of Janet (Johnston) Leitch. Husband of Grace Piercy (Grieve) Leitch of Annan who he married in 1929 in Annan.
Died on Service on 6 October 1946 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Named on the Annan War Memorial.


F/SGT J. LIVESEY.
Joseph Livesey – age 33 – Flight Sergeant (1352400) 192 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Joseph worked in the grocery trade in Castle Douglas and later become a sales representative in England. As a member of the RAF Volunteer Reserve, he was mobilised in September 1939.
192 was a Special Duties Squadron, flying specially equipped aircraft to measure enemy radar patterns and wavelengths. Joseph was the rear gunner when his Wellington bomber had taken off from RAF Feltwell in Norfolk for a sortie along the Dutch coast but was shot down by a night-fighter. 5 crew are buried in various cemeteries in Holland but Joseph's body was never found.
Born 1910 in Kelton Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Son of John and Georgina (Millar) Livesey of Dildawn, Kelton.
Missing in Action on 24 June 1943 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Named on the Rhonehouse War Memorial in Kelton and on the St. Ninian's Episcopal Church Memorial in Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire.


CPL. G. LOGAN.
George Logan – age 24 – Corporal (1001089) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, H.M. Fighter Direction Tender No.216.
George worked as a grocer in King Street, Dumfries before he enlisted.
Fighter Direction Tenders were floating command and control centres with antenna and aerials for radar, communications and intelligence gathering purposes. They were the eyes and ears for the large scale invasion forces off the beaches of Normandy in June of 1944. There were three Fighter Direction Tenders, designated FDT 13, 216 & 217. George and four of his colleagues were killed when FDT 216 was hit by a torpedo released from a German Junkers 88 aircraft.
Born 1920 in Dumfries.
Son of Charles Robertson Logan and Maggie Jane (McCamish) Logan of Dumfries.
Missing in Action on 7 July 1944 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial.
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SGT T.K.D. LUCAS.
Thomas Kelly Douglas Lucas – age 21 – Sergeant/Air Gunner (1822712) 10 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
“Dougie” was employed at Rue Farm, Holywood, Dumfriesshire when he enlisted. He was the mid-upper gunner when his Halifax bomber had taken off from RAF Melbourne near York for a raid on Mechelen, north of Brussels but the aircraft was attacked by a night fighter and crashed at Eppegem.
Born 1922 in Irongray, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Son of Archibald and Margaret (Henderson) Lucas of Rue Cottage, Holywood and of Auldgirth, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in Action on 2 May 1944 and buried in Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium.
Named on the Holywood War Memorial.


F/O A.M. MACLAY.
Alastair Mowat Maclay – age 28 – Flying Officer (106185) 16 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Alastair was a farmer at Argrennan Mains, Tongland, Kirkcudbrightshire when he enlisted. He was commissioned from Leading Aircraftman (1368948) in September 1941 and promoted to Flying Officer a year later. After returning from France in May 1940, 16 Squadron was tasked with anti-invasion coastal patrols until North American P-51 Mustangs arrived in April 1942. These were used in patrols over France and also intercepting enemy fighter-bombers mounting 'hit and run' raids along the South Coast. Throughout 1942 they operated out of RAF Weston Zoyland in Somerset.
Born 1914 at Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
Son of David Mowat Maclay and Ethel Margaret (Cowell) Maclay of Argrennan Mains, Tongland.
Missing in Action on 29 November 1942 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Windsor.
Named on the Tongland War Memorial in Ringford.


F/SGT D. MENZIES .
David Menzies – age 19 – Sergeant/Flight Engineer (3020036) 78 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force.
David was educated at Kirkcudbright Academy. His Halifax bomber had taken off from RAF Breighton, near Selby in Yorkshire, for a raid on the synthetic oil plants at Scholven-Buer near Gelsenkirchen. It was hit by anti-aircraft flak and crashed at Gahlen near Scermbeck. All of the crew were killed and were buried in Kirchhellen Cemetery but were re-interred in Reichswald in May 1947.
Born 1925 in Rerrick, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Son of John Carson Menzies and of Grace Blacklock (Young) Menzies of Knockbrex, Kirkcudbright and of Annan, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in Action on 6 October 1944 and buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Named on the Rerrick Parish War Memorial in Dundrennan.
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SGT W.T MUIR.
William Thomas Muir – age 22 – Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (1344303) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
William enlisted in 1941. His Wellington bomber was on a non-operational night exercise from the No.3 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit at RAF Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire when it crashed at approx 0200 hours near Blaneau Fessting, Caernarvonshire. His death was registered at Merioneth in North Wales.
Born 1921 in Gatehouse-of-Fleet, Anwoth, Kirkcubrightshire.
Son of William and Elizabeth (Neil) Muir of Kirkcudbright.
Died on Active Service on 20 November 1943 and buried in Girthon Parish Cemetery, Kirkcudbrightshire. (CWG)
Named on the Borgue Parish War Memorial in Kirkcudbrightshire.



I am not sure of this man's connection to Dumfries and Galloway but it seems to be the correct man.

F/O W. McCABE, D.F.M.
William McCabe, Distinguished Flying Medal– age 25 – Flying Officer/Pilot (55651) Royal Air Force.
He as awarded a DFM as Flight Sergeant (61837) of 149 Squadron and was commissioned in February 1944. He was the pilot of a Mosquito of 51 Operational Training Unit from RAF Cranfield in Bedfordshire when the aircraft spun into the ground near RAF High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.
Born 1920 in Dalziel, Lanarkshire.
Son of William and Marion (Douglas) McCabe of Berryhill, Lanarkshire and of Paisley, Renfrewshire.
Died on Service on 30 April 1945 and buried in Cambridge City Cemetery.
Not named on any local War Memorial.

Motherwell Times 18 May 1945
AIRMAN HERO DIED ON SERVICE Filmed in "Target For To-night”
Just as the war in Europe was drawing to close news reached his relatives at of the death in air operations of Pilot Officer William M'Cabe, R.A.F. He was 25 years of age and son of Mr Wm.' M'Cabe, late of Berryhill, and now of Paisley, and nephew of Mr and Mrs Charles M'Cabe, 118 Carfin Road, Craigneuk. Employed as footman in the household of the late Prime Minister (Mr Neville Chamberlain)' M'Cabe joined the Air Force early in the war and was awarded the D.F.M. for gallantry in operations. He gained much prominence through appearing in the film “Target for To-night.” After doing about 1,200 hours flying gunner of bomber command M'Cabe passed out as a pilot doing his training in America, and was later commissioned. The dead lad was buried with full military honours at a cemetery in the South England.

“Target for Tonight” was a 1941 British documentary film by the Crown Film Unit billed as filmed and acted by the Royal Air Force, all while under fire. The film is about the crew of a Wellington bomber partaking in a bombing mission over Germany.
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W/O H. McCOLL.
Hugh McColl – age 27 – Warrant Officer (516742) 248 Squadron, Royal Air Force.
Hugh joined the RAF before the war. In December 1942 248 Squadron were flying Beaufighters from RAF Pembrey and RAF Talbenny in South Wales on patrols over the Bay of Biscay in support of Coastal Command anti-submarine aircraft. On the morning of 1 December three Beaufighters took off for a security patrol south of Brest. They were all shot down by German fighters.
Born 1915 in Airdrie, Lanarkshire.
Son of the late Hugh McColl and of Elizabeth (Lees) McColl (later Mrs. Byron) of Grimshawe Street, Creetown, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Missing in Action on 1 December 1942 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Named on the Kirkmabreck Parish War Memorial in Creetown,


SGT S. McDONALD.
Samuel MacDonald – age 22 – Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (1349985) 103 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Samuel's Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Elsham Wolds in Lincolnshire for a raid on Nuremberg but the aircraft was attacked by a night fighter and crashed at Durrnbuch near Emskirchen. Samuel was buried there but was re-interred at Durnbach in October 1947.
Born 1921 in Dumfries.
Son of the late John Andrew MacDonald and of Wilhelmina (Kerr) MacDonald of 90 Queensberry Street, Dumfries.
Killed in Action on 28 August 1943 and buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany.
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial.


SGT F.J. McGAW
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Francis James McGaw – age 19 – Sergeant/Pilot (1052301) 115 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Francis and his mother returned to Auchencairn, Kirkcudbrightshire from Burma after his father's death there in 1922. He was educated at Auchencairn School and Kirkcudbright Academy before he became an apprentice at the Bank of Scotland in Moffat in Dumfriesshire. He he joined the RAF and was trained to fly in Canada. His Wellington bomber had taken off from RAF Marham, Norfolk for a raid on Mannheim. On its return it was shot down by an enemy intruder and crashed near Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.
Born c.1922 in Burma.
Son of the late Thomas Craig McGaw and of Agnes (Docherty) McGaw of Auchencairn.
Killed in Action on 30 August 1941 and buried in Auchencairn Cemetery. (CWG)
Named on the Auchencairn War Memorial and on the Kirkcudbright Academy memorial.
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A.C. A. McKIE.
Archibald Campbell McKie – age 31 – Aircraftman 1st Class (1162692) R.A.F. Kallang, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Archie had been a chauffeur with the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey before the war and had been a Prisoner of War in Java since the fall of Singapore in February 1942. The Japanese cargo ship “Tamahoko Maru” was part of a convoy sailing towards Japan with 772 Australian, British and American prisoners of war when she was torpedoed and sunk by the US submarine USS Tang.
Born 1913 in Muckairn, Argyllshire.
Son of John and Mary Cameron (Campbell) McKie of Creetown, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Killed on Service/Lost at Sea on 24 June 1944 and named on the Singapore Memorial.
Named on the Kirkmabreck Parish War Memorial in Creetown,


SGT R.S. McKINNELL.
Robert (Bert) Smith McKinnell – age 21 – Sergeant, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (998292) 218 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Bert had been a member of the Laurieknowe Church choir and the church football team. His Wellington bomber had taken off from RAF Marham in Norfolk for a raid on Cologne but the aircraft was attacked by a night fighter and crashed at Arzfeld near Prum. The other five crew members survived the crash and became PoW's. Robert was buried in Arzfeld Chuchyard but was re-interred in Rheinberg in August 1948.
Born 1920 in Troqueer, Kirkcudbrighshire.
Son of Robert and Elizabeth (Jolly) McKinnell of Terregles Street, Dumfries.
Killed in Action on 19 August 1941 and buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial and on the former Laurieknowe Church memorial now in Troqueer Parish church.



F/SGT C. McI. McMILLAN.
Campbell McIntosh McMillan – age 20 – Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (1821038) 9 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
175 Lancasters and 11 Mosquitos of No. 5 Group attacked the benzol plant at Molbis, near Leipzig and the bombing was so effective that all production at the plant ceased. Campbell's Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Bardney in Lincolnshire but on their return the aircraft caught fire and crashed at Lyford near Wantage in Berkshire. All of the crew were killed.
Born 1924 – the birth was registered in both Kelvin, Glasgow and Carsphairn, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Son of George Campbell McMillan and of Elizabeth Jack (McIntosh) McMillan. Husband of Betty (Sheldon) McMillan of Kettlethorpe, Lincolnshire who he married in 1944 in Newark.
Killed on Active Service on 8 April 1945 and buried in Oxford (Botley) Cemetery.
Named on the Carsphairn War Memorial, on the Carsphairn Parish Church Memorial and on a memorial plaque in St. Mary the Virgin Church, Lyford, Oxfordshire
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SGT A.W. McMORRINE.
Alexander Watson McMorrine – age 22 – Sergeant/Air Gunner (551156) 75 (New Zealand) Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force.
Alexander was the mid-upper gunner when his Stirling Bomber had taken off from RAF Newmarket in Suffolk for a raid on Frankfurt but the aircraft was attacked by a night-fighter and crashed at Idar-Oberstein in Germany. Alexander and one other member of the crew (Alexander Scott, RNZAF) were killed and were buried in Bad Kreuznach Cemetery. They were re-interred in Rhienberg in April 1948. The others became PoW's. The crew comprised 3 New Zealanders, 1 Canadian and 4 Brits.
Born 1920 in Crossmichael, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Son of the late Mina Seaton (Dickson) McMorrine and of Robert McMorrine of Millhouse, Corsock, Kirkcudbrightshire and of Leven, Fife.
Killed in Action on 3 December 1942 and buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Named on the Corsock War Memorial.


SGT W.J.B. McNAUGHT.
William James Bryden McNaught – age 22 – Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (1366992) 57 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
William's Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF East Kirby in Lincolnshire for a raid on Kassel but the aircraft was attacked by a night fighter and crashed at Acker. He was buried in Gottingen Cemetery but was re-interred in Hanover in October 1946.
Born 1921 in Dumfries.
Son of William and Mary McNaught, of Dumfries.
Killed in Action on 22 October 1943 and buried in Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial.


F/O J. NELSON.
James Nelson – age 28 – Flying Officer, Air Bomber (134166) 102 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
James was employed in the grocery department of the Dumfries & Maxwelltown Co-operative Society. He joined the RAF in February 1940 as Sergeant (951466) and went to Canada to train as an Observer. He was commissioned as a Pilot Officer (134166) in November 1942 and promoted to Flying Officer in May 1943. His Halifax bomber had taken off from RAF Pocklington in Yorkshire for a raid on Berlin but the aircraft was hit by ground fire and then attacked by a night fighter. It had to be abandoned and it crashed at Ahrensfeld. James was buried there but was re-interred in Berlin in January 1947.
Born 1916 in Dumfries.
Son of David and Anne Nelson of 15Banchory Avenue, Dumfries. Husband of Muriel Rachael (Porteous) Nelson of 8 Crathy Avenue, Dumfries who he married in 1938 in Dumfries.
Killed in Action on 20 January 1944 and buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial.
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F/SGT A.I.J. NICOL.
Andrew Isaac John Nicol – age 21 – Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (543932) 144 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force.
Andrew was the rear gunner when his Hampden bomber had taken off from RAF Hemswell in Lincolnshire for a raid on Keil but the aircraft was hit by ground fire and crashed in the target area.
Born 1919 in Dumfries.
Son of Andrew and Annie (Bowness) Nicol of Dumfries.
Killed in Action on 4 July 1940 and buried in Keil War Cemetery, Germany.
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial and on the St. Mary's Church memorial in Dumfries.


CPL G.V.B. PENMAN.
George Verdun Bell Penman – age 26 – Corporal (970589) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
George was made a prisoner of war on Java. He was one of many prisoners taken to the island of Haruku in the Molucca Archipeligo. He died there and was buried at Cape Marakee but was re-interred at Ambon in February 1947.
Born 1917 in Kells Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Son of George and Margaret (Bell) Penman, of Dalmae, Dalry, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Died on Service on 17 May 1943 and buried in Ambon War Cemetery, Indonesia.
Named on the Dalry War Memorial and on the Kirkcudbright Academy memorial.


F/SGT J.E. PHILLIPS.
John Ernest Phillips – age 21 – Flight Sergeant (617380) 44 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force.
Jack's Hampden bomber had taken off from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire for a raid on Cologne but the aircraft crashed in the North Sea off the Essex coast.
Born 1919 in Gorbals, Glasgow.
Son of John Ernest Mungo Phillips and Beatrice Mary (Farley) Phillips of Eastriggs, Dornock, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in Action on 1 September 1941 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Named on the Dornock War Memorial and on the Dornock Parish Church memorial.


F/SGT W.P. POWELL.
William Powell – age 20 – Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (552157) Royal Air Force.
William was educated at Gretna Township school where he was dux in 1936. He joined the RAF in January 1939. He was the wireless operator on a Wellington bomber of 15 Operational Training Unit, based at RAF Harwell in Oxfordshire, on a navigation exercise when the aircraft suffered engine failure. It lost height and crashed on high ground near Pontrhydfendigaid in the Cambrian Mountains in Cardiganshire. Mid-Wales. Two crew were killed, five were seriously injured. William died whilst en-route to hospital.
Born c.1921 but cannot trace.
Son of Robert and Stella Powell of 21 Annan Road, Gretna, Dumfriesshire.
Died on Active Service on 13 June 1941 and buried in Gretna Cemetery. (CWG)
Named on the Gretna War Memorial.
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A.C. R. PRINGLE.
Robert Pringle – age 21 – Aircraftman 1st Class (972214) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
During the Second World War, No 22 Air Training School and a military hospital were established in Vereeniging, south of Johannesburg. It is likely that Robert was a member of the ground crew and died of illness.
Born 1921 in Westerkirk, Dumfriesshire.
Son of ????
Grandson of Mrs. Pringle of Bigholms, Langholm, Dumfriesshire.
Died on Service on 16 April 1942 and buried in Vereeniging Old Town Cemetery, South Africa.
Named on the Langholm War Memorial.


SGT A. RADLEY.
Arthur Radley – age 29 – Sergeant/Air Bomber (1564682)158 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Arthur was employed by United Dairies at Tarff Creamery when he enlisted. His Halifax bomber had taken off from RAF Lissett near Bridlington, Yorkshire for a raid on Berlin but the aircraft was attacked by a night fighter and crashed at Wentorf, Bergedorf. The crew were originally buried there but were re-interred in Hamburg in November 1946.
Born 1914 at Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire.
Son of Mary (Radley) Donaldson and step-son of David Donaldson of Creamery Cottage Twynholm and later of Ringford, Tongland Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Mary Jane Radley married David D. A. Donaldson in 1921 at Caerlaverock.
Killed in Action on 20 January 1944 and buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Germany.
Named on the Tongland War Memorial.


L.A.C. J.A. RAE.
John Alexander Rae – age 26 – Leading Aircraftman (536791) Royal Air Force.
John was killed during an air raid on RAF Montrose in Angus when three German Junkers Ju 88 aircraft dropped 24 bombs on the station killing five, injuring 18 and destroying two hangars and the officers mess.
Born 1914 at Crossmichael, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Son of George Charles Rae and of Jane Muir (Bickett) Rae; step-son of Florence Annie (Dale) Rae of Greenlaw, Crossmichael.
Killed on Active Service on 25 October 1940 and buried in Crossmichael Parish Churchyard.
Named on the Crossmichael War Memorial.
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S/LDR R. REID.
Robert Reid – age 36 – Squadron Leader (80836) 235 Squadron, Coastal Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Robert Reid joined the RAFVR in February 1937 as an Airman. He was working in a London bank when he was mobilised in September 1939. He completed his training as Sergeant (740059), was commissioned and joined 46 Squadron at Digby, Lincolnshire in June 1940 as a Hurricane pilot before moving south to RAF Stapleford Tawney, Essex for the defence of London during the Battle of Britain. On 23 March 1945 a strike force of forty two Mosquitos and twelve Mustangs attacked shipping at Stadlandet, Aslesund and Dalsfjord in Norway. Robert was the pilot of a Mosquito which attacked shipping in Dalsfjord, and was seen to crash into the sea. His navigator Flying Officer Alexander Douglas Turner is buried in Trondheim (Stavne) Cemetery in Norway, and a plaque was erected near his grave in memory of Squadron Leader Reid, whose body was not recovered.
Born 1908 in Dumfries.
Son of Simon and Frances (Band) Reid of Castle Street, Dumfries.
Missing in Action on 23 March 1945 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial and on an individual memorial in Dumfries Academy marking his participation in the Battle of Britain.

In 1950, a memorial was erected in the small village of Steinsvik in honour of Squadron Leader Reid and Fliying Officer Turner. Every year, on the Norwegian day of independence 17th May, the Norwegian and the Scottish flags (both pilots were from Scotland) are raised over the memorial.


SGT E.A.H. RILEY.
Eddie Andreas Hals Riley – age 21 – Sergeant (550943) 57 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force.
In June 1940, having returned from front line service against the German invasion of the Low Countries, 57 Squadron moved to Elgin in northern Scotland and from July to October - after having first made an attack on enemy-occupied Norway - was employed on anti-shipping sweeps over the North Sea. Eddie's Blenheim bomber had taken off from Elgin to attack airfields and searchlight batteries but was lost without trace.
Born 1919 at Crossmichael, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Son of ?
Missing in Action on 26 August 1940 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial in Kirkcudbrightshire and on the Kirkcudbright Academy Memorial.


SGT R.J.J. ROBB.
Robert John Johnston Robb – age 28 – Sergeant/Air Gunner (968056) 40 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Robert's Wellington bomber was on a test flight when it crashed, cause unknown.
Born 1914 at Newton Stewart. The birth was registered in the adjacent parishes of Minnigaf, Kirkcudbrightshire and Penningham, Wigtownshire.
Son of Robert Davidson Robb and of Margaret Robb. Husband of Barbara Helen Campbell (Clark) Robb of Castle Douglas who he married in 1941 in Kelton Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Died on Active Service on 18 March 1942 and buried in Suez War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
Named on the Crossmichael War Memorial in Kirkcudbrightshire.
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