Malcolm James MacLeod Jr

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 6972 - The remains of crashed de Havilland Mosquito PR XVI WX-L of the 653rd Bombardment Squadron 25th Bombardment Group near Harrington airbase 24th...

Assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. Lost an engine on take-off for weather mission and crashed in de Havilland DH98 Mosquito XVI NS630. KIFA 22 November 1944.

1st Lt Malcolm J. Mac Leod was piloting Mosquito NS630 and started the approach at Watton airfield on return from a Blue Stocking night mission on 22 November 1944. He was ordered to another airfield due to bad weather conditions, but after making one pass, Mac Leod informed the control tower that he could see the runway. Flying out for a second pass, radio contact was lost over Merton. Flying very low, the Mosquito hit tree tops and crashed in a field between the villages of Merton and Thompson. Pilot 1st Lt Malcolm J. Mac Leod and Navigator Lt Milford B. Hopkins were both killed in the crash.

Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Reconnaissance

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 25th Bomb Group 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 324th Bomb Squadron 401st Bomb Squadron 653rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19079017
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 25th Bomb Group 653rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18140249 / O-865981
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: Mosquito
  • Unit: 25th Bomb Group 802nd Reconnaissance Group (SP) 653rd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: Mosquito
  • Unit: 25th Bomb Group 653rd Bomb Squadron

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Westchester County, NY, USA 23 August 1916 Son of Malcolm J and Edith W MacLeod.

Enlisted

New York, NY, USA 17 April 1943

Other

Killed in fying accident

Tangmere, Chichester, UK 22 October 1944 Take Off Accident RAF Tangmere Cat 5 damage 1Lt Malcolm J MacLeod Jr, 22-Oct-44. Mosquito Mk XVI NS514 - 653WRX 25BGR 8AF.

Buried

23 October 1944 Cambridge American Cemetery Coton, Cambs, UK Plot D Row 3 Grave 72

Based

Watton 22 November 1944 Assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF.

Buried

Saint John's Presbyterian Cemetery Belfast, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada Memorialised Saint John's Presbyterian Cemetery Belfast, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Revisions

Date1 Dec 2018 21:32:28
ContributorEmily
Sources

Removed source information added by Wattonman from biography

Date1 Dec 2018 04:19:15
ContributorWattonman
Sources

Norman Malayney, "The 25th Bomb Group (Rcn) in WWII" Schiffer Publications Ltd. 2011.

Date3 Nov 2017 14:34:43
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- ABMC website
NARA WWII Enlistment Records
Research file on BS630
- Aerial Intelligence of the 8th Air Force, pg 53, 176 ;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date16 Feb 2015 12:31:37
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date16 Feb 2015 12:07:40
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date31 Dec 2014 16:32:06
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date31 Dec 2014 16:31:09
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date2 Dec 2014 23:38:50
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Sep 2014 18:19:32
ContributorAAM
Sources

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

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