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HUGH GORDON MALCOLM

 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:16 pm    Post subject: HUGH GORDON MALCOLM Reply with quote

A memorial tribute in the small cemetery at Glenalmond




IN
PROUD AND HONOURED
MEMORY OF

WING COMMANDER
HUGH GORDON MALCOLM V.C.
GLENALMOND 1931 - 1935

WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION
IN NORTH AFRICA ON 4TH DECR. 1941
AND AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR
HIS GREAT GALLANTRY ON THAT DAY

Name: MALCOLM, HUGH GORDON
Initials: H G
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Wing Commander (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
Unit Text: 18 Sqdn.
Age: 26
Date of Death: 04/12/1942
Service No: 33322
Awards: V C, Mentioned in Despatches
Additional information: Son of Kenneth Sinclair Malcolm and Marjorie Malcolm; husband of Helen Catherine Malcolm (nee Don Swan) of Worth, Sussex.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. Grave 2. E.6.
Cemetery: BEJA WAR CEMETERY
Citation: The citation in the London Gazette of 28th April, 1943 gives the following details: On 17th November, 1942, Wing-Comdr. Malcolm was ordered to carry out with his light bomber squadron a low-level formation attack on Bizerta airfield. In spite of fierce opposition, all the squadron's bombs were dropped on the airfield. Two enemy machines were shot down and others damaged on the ground. On 28th November, 1942, he again led his squadron against Bizerta airfield and though it was heavily defended he successfully attacked it with bombs and machine-gun fire. On 4th December, 1942, Wing-Comdr. Malcolm, while giving close support to the First Army, received an urgent request to attack an enemy fighter airfield. The attack, made without fighter escort, was successful, but the squadron was intercepted by an overwhelming force of enemy fighters. Although Wing-Comdr. Malcolm fought back the aircraft in his formation were shot down one by one, in the end his own machine was shot down in flames. Throughout his service in command of a light bomber squadron in North Africa Wing-Comdr. Malcolm's leadership, skill and daring were of the highest order. His last exploit was the finest example of the valour and unswerving devotion to duty which he constantly displayed.
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