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Flying Officer J D McDonell, RCAF kwf 16May 1943 lochaber

 
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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 7:19 pm    Post subject: Flying Officer J D McDonell, RCAF kwf 16May 1943 lochaber Reply with quote

Evening tv news for 16th May 2013 showed the unveiling of the new WW2 Memorial to

FLYING OFFICER J/13408 JOHN DONALD McDONELL, aged 21 years , ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE killed flying the Spitfire from RAF FRASERBURGH and it had engine problems over Fort William and due to low cloud crashed into MEALL an t-SUIDHE near Ben Nevis .

The memorial was instigated it would seem by Robert Cairns , chairman of the Lochaber Archaelogy Society in Fort William .

listed CWGC index: -

McDONELL, John Donald , Flying Officer , J /13408 ,aged 21 years ,
Royal Canadian Air Force : death 16th May 1943

buried at INVERNESS ( Tomnahurich Cemetery ) , Inverness shire -
Section "Z" 6, class 7, grave 8

Next of kin listed as being :

Mr & Mrs A R McDonell, of Smithers , British Columbia , CANADA .



Photo required of this plaque located at GLEN NEVIS VISITOR CENTRE,
as that location looks onto the crash site of 16th May 1943 :


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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The aircraft involved was a Spitfire Mk I serial X4326. This late in the war, the Mk Is which remained were only used for training. The pilot was part of 8(C)OTU (Operational Training Unit).
The Air Safety Network makes no mention of engine problems but records loss of control in cloud which seems more likely.
http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=151351
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:10 pm    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) number Reply with quote

This is now WMR report 75935, images are on the report
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