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Malcolm James MacLeod Jr

Military

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.

Service

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  • Milford Hopkins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 25th Bomb Group
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Units served with

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • 653rd Bomb Squadron
  • 654th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • NS514

    Mosquito
    Take off accident. Malcolm J Macleod (pilot) USAAF. RAF Tangmere, Sussex, 22/10/44. Written off Damaged Beyond Repair.

  • NS630

    Mosquito
    The aircraft started the approach at Watton airfield on return from a Blue Stocking night mission on 22 November 1944, but was ordered to another airfield due to bad weather conditions. Pilot Mac Leod informed the control tower that after making one...

Associated Place

  • Tangmere

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1917-18 as an RAF Training Depot Station (TDS), Tangmere was handed over to the US Army Air Service (USAAS) as a TDS for large Handley Page (HP) 0/400 bombers. ...

  • Watton

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1939 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Watton was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in mid-1943. Improved initially with a single steel mat runway in 1943, plus 41 loop and 12 pan hardstandings, a...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Westchester County, NY, USA 23 August 1916

Son of Malcolm J and Edith W MacLeod.

Enlisted New York, NY, USA 17 April 1943
Based Watton 1944 – 22 November 1944

Assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF.

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

Buried Saint John's Presbyterian Cemetery Belfast, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada 1948

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2020 18:44:04 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/671682761
https://www.fold3.com/image/310770959
https://www.fold3.com/record/529905661-malcolm-j-mac-leod
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56291956/malcolm-j-macleod
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/208876838/malcolm-james-macleod

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2018 21:32:28 Emily Changes to biography
Sources

Removed source information added by Wattonman from biography

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2018 04:19:15 Wattonman Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 14:34:43 general ira snapsorter Changes to surname, biography, events and unit associations
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

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2017 18:18:00 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/86598702_malcolm_j%20mac%20leod/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/529905661_malcolm_j%20mac%20leod/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/310770959/?terms=Malcolm%20J%20Mac%20Leod
https://www.fold3.com/image/110669594
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=MacLeod%2C+Malcol...
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56291956 - NB. Not a Sgt from PA.

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2017 09:25:04 Lucy May Changes to surname and events
Sources

https://abmc.gov/node/541296#.WMEep01viM8
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=56291956&PIpi=126...

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2015 12:31:37 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

http://dmna.ny.gov / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2015 12:07:40 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and media associations
Sources

http://dmna.ny.gov / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com

Date Contributor Update
31 December 2014 16:32:06 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://aviation-safety.net

Date Contributor Update
31 December 2014 16:31:09 Al_Skiff Changes to biography
Sources

http://aviation-safety.net

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 23:38:50 Al_Skiff Changes to awards
Sources

www.americanairmuseum.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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