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Donald W McLeod

Military

Joined RAFVR, service pilot training, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training, assigned to 121 Sqn, Malta via A/C carrier HMS Eagle, assigned to 126 Sqn, shot down 2 April 1942 in Spitfire Mk Vb[T] AB335, WIA, flown to Egypt to ferry Hurricane back to Malta, 21 April 42, posted to 53 OTU Llandow as instructor, 31 July 1942, transferred to the USAAF 23 September 1942 as Captain, posted to 4th FS, 52nd FG at Goxhill on 9 October 1942, arrived at Gibraltar, 6 November 1942, leading 4FS to Oran N. Africa - instruments all u/s, flew back to "Gib" lost 5 pilots, 2 OK, 3 interned in French Morocco.
Spent 2 weeks in Algiers awaiting orders, sent home to the USA to rest.
Posted back to Europe with 83rd FS, 78FG, shot down, crashed near Argentan on 10 Jun 44 in P-47 #42-76505, evaded capture (EVD) helped by the French resistance.
Survived the war but on 22 Sept. 1946 he died, apparently of the injuries he received when he was shot down.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 52nd Fighter Group

    52nd Fighter Group

    Group
    Two of the Squadrons of the 52nd Fighter Group flew Spitfires with RAF Fighter Command in August and early September 1942 from northern Ireland. After these preparatory missions, the Group joined the Twelfth and then Fifteenth Air Force in the...

  • 83rd Fighter Squadron
  • No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...

Aircraft

  • 42-76505

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Crashed near Argentan on 10 Jun 44. Pilot Maj Donald Mcleod EVD evaded capture.

Associated Place

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

Events

Event Location Date
Joined RAFVR Canada 1941

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Service pilot training Burbank, CA, USA 1941

Service pilot training, Polaris Flight Academy in Burbank, CA.

Shipped overseas Merseyside, UK 22 July 1941

Shipped overseas to ETO. Left on a "steamer" from Montreal.

Operational training Great Britain, United Kingdom 11 August 1941

Operational training at OTU. Conversion to Hurricane and Spitfires.

Assigned Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK September 1941 – 26 February 1942

Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Volunteered for defense of Malta Gibraltar 27 February 1942 – 11 March 1942

Shipped out to Malta via Gibraltar.

Flew Spitfire from Eagle to Malta Midway Algeirs to Palma 12 March 1942 – 21 March 1942

From 'Gib' to Malta via A/C carrier HMS Eagle.

Assigned Malta 21 March 1942

Assigned to 126 Sqn RAF.3

Shot down WIA Malta 2 April 1942

Met raid as a four ship flight, outnumbered 6 to 1. Shot down in Spitfire Mk Vb[T] AB335, WIA. With cannon fragments to his left arm and leg, he parachuted from 800 ft, in the process of the chute opening, the straps broke his neck.

Ferried A/C Egypt 21 April 1942

Flown to Egypt to ferry Hurricane back to Malta, 21 April 42.

Posted 53 OTU Llandow, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan CF71, UK 31 July 1942

Posted to 53 OTU as instructor, 31 July 1942.

Transferred 23 September 1942

Transferred to the USAAF 23 September 1942 as Captain.

Shipped overseas Gibraltar 24 October 1942 – 6 November 1942

Arrived at Gibraltar via SS Liester from Greenock Scotland, 6 November 1942.

Abortive re-deployment Gibraltar 7 November 1942

Leading 4th FS to Oran N. Africa - instruments all u/s, flew back to "Gib" lost 5 pilots, 2 OK, 3 interned in French Morocco.

Hurry up and wait Algiers, Algeria 8 November 1942 – 22 November 1942

Spent 2 weeks in Algiers awaiting orders.

Rest leave United States 23 November 1942

Sent home to the USA to rest.

Posted to ETO Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22, UK 1943

Posted back to ETO with 83rd FS, 78FG.

Shot down EVD Argentan, France 10 June 1944

Shot down, crashed near Argentan on 10 Jun 44 in P-47 42-76505, evaded capture (EVD) helped by the French resistance.

Died 22 September 1946

Survived the war but on 22nd Sept 1946 he died, apparently of the injuries he received when he was shot down.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 August 2017 11:41:17 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number and events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 12:52:58 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3589
http://acesofww2.com/USA/aces/mcleod/

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2015 12:51:16 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and place associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3589
http://acesofww2.com/USA/aces/mcleod/

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2015 12:08:24 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3589
http://acesofww2.com/USA/aces/mcleod/

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2015 18:57:13 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, unit associations and place associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3589
http://acesofww2.com/USA/aces/mcleod/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5582

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