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    Default F/O. C.J.MacDonald RNZAF 486 Squadron

    Hi ,

    Looking for the full name and service number of this pilot, who crashed with Tempest V EJ716 on 26/12/1944 (mid-air collision with JN869).

    Many thanks in advance and best regards from Belgium

    Luc

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    Luc,

    It's this man (note McDonald, not MacDonald)

    From Colin Hansonís 'By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999':

    McDONALD, Flight Lieutenant Colin James, DFC.
    NZ412706; Born Christchurch, 12 Sep 1919; RNZAF 4 May 1941 to 27 Mar 1946; NZ Army 25 Jun 1946 to 22 Oct 1947, 821265; Pilot.
    Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (14 Sep 1945): [486 Sqn RNZAF (Tempest)] As a flight commander, this officer has completed a second tour of operational duty. Since September, 1944, he has destroyed three enemy aircraft in the air and has established a fine record against ground targets. He has destroyed 5 locomotives and damaged 31 and has also set fire to 44 transport vehicles and damaged a further 133. Flight Lieutenant McDonald has led his flight, and often the squadron, with great skill and determination.
    Flt Lt McDonaldís first tour, of 258 operational hours with 253 Sqn RAF, was flown from the UK, North Africa and Italy on Hurricanes and Spitfires. His second, in Europe, was on Tempests. He instructed on Hurricanes and Spitfires in 1942 and again in 1944. On return to NZ he transferred to the NZ Army (NZE) for service in Japan, Jul 1946-Jul 1947.

    Errol

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    Default F/O. C.J.McDonald RNZAF 486 Squadron

    Dear Errol,

    Many thanks for this very complete answer. This is clearly the pilot in question !

    Best regards from the other side of the planet !

    Luc

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