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    Default Sgt (W/O) James Douglas McKenzie VR1551205

    Hello there,
    I wonder if this Spitfire pilot came from Scotland as his service number denotes he enlisted at Edingburgh in May, 1941.
    He trained at 52 OTU at Aston Down from 17-4-42 to 23-6-42 then was posted to 65 sqn at Great Sampford.
    He left 65 sqn in Feb, 1943 and went to the ME to Malta still as a Sgt to 229 sqn at Krendi. He stayed with the sqn and moved with them as a W/O back to UK in April 1944. He appears to have been with 229 sqn when they disbanded at Coltishall in Jan, 1945.
    Any info of where he came from (Scotland?) and where he went to in 1945 would be most helpful.
    Thank you.
    Roy

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    Roy, Hi,
    Nobody seems to want to play with you!
    These are (just!) possibilities. I think they're refer to each other!

    Civil registration event: Birth
    Name: MCKENZIE, James D
    Registration district: [?] Newcastle upon Tyne County: Northumberland
    Year of registration: 1920 Quarter of registration: Apr-May-Jun
    Mother's maiden name: Rowat
    Volume no:[?]10B Page no:[?]297


    Civil registration event: Death
    Name: MCKENZIE, James Douglas
    Registration district: [?] Banbury County: Oxfordshire
    Year of registration: 1997 Month of registration: October
    Date of Birth:24 March 1920
    District no: 6981 Reg no: 57B Ent no: 083 DOR: 1097

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    Default James Douglas McKenzie

    Hi Peter,
    You are a star, thank you for your input. So 'Mac' was a Geordie and not from over the border.
    This will be a great help.
    Thanks,
    Roy

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    Roy

    There are at least two people with this name in the Scottish records whose birth dates would fit into service into the Second World War. Peter may be correct but he did indicate a possibility.

    Cheers

    Douglas

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    Default JD McKenzie

    Hello Douglas,
    Thanks for your reply, would it be possible please to put this info on the board or by PM. I thought originaly that there could be a lot of similar names.
    Thank you,
    Roy

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    Roy

    Due to the 100 year rule employed by Scotlands People for births and 50 years (I think) for deaths, there is no access to full records on line of the era you may be looking at. However, there was a James Douglas Mackenzie (note spelling) who was born in 1916 at Edinkillie district in Moray. A 78 year old with the same name died in 1994 in Pitlochry, Perthshire.

    A James Douglas McKenzie was born in 1918 in Leith South district of Edinburgh. A 93 year old of the same name died in 2011 in Edinburgh Central district of Edinburgh.

    Unfortunately, I have no idea if these birth / death records correspond to the same men or whether they served in the RAF.

    Douglas

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    Hello Douglas,
    Than you again for this information, as Sgt JD McKenzie enlisted in the RAFVR at Edinburgh, there must be a fair chance JD McKenzie of Edinburgh is my man.
    Thanks to Douglas and Peter.
    Roy

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    Your Edinburgh J D McKenzie (if he's yr man?) has died recently enough for The Informant on the Death Certificate to still be around. Now if the Informant is a rellie then you've got a good chance that personal papers, Log Books, memorabilia, etc, are still all in one place and (with luck!) accessible to serious researchers. If, however, the Informant is a Care Home Manager, etc, then the chances are somewhat less. Strike while the iron is relatively hot - you might get lucky!!
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    Thank you Peter,
    This is new territory for me but I can see what you mean,
    With thanks,
    Roy

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