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|Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:45 pm Post subject: WILLIAM McCABE DFM - RAF. Memorial?
|Anyone run across this man on any War Memorial?
He is listed on the Memorial Plaque in the former Royal Air Force Association Club in Dumfries but I cannot link him to D&G.
He seems to have been a Motherwell/Wishaw lad.
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.
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 a close news reached his relatives 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.