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    I was wondering if anybody might be able to tell me more details about the loss of a 42 Squadron aircraft on the 11th May 1942.

    I know one of the crew was a chap called Douglas MacDonald, 1118837, and in a letter he sent home a week before he died he stated on of his crew was Australian.

    Any help would be great.

    Johnnie

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    Hello,

    11-5-1942
    No.42 Sqn
    Beaufort II AW366 "N"

    Collided with AW310 "J" during formation turn and lost tail; dived into the sea off Leuchars.

    538741 Sgt (Pilot) Brian Frederick Johns PAGE RAF +
    AUS407899 Sgt (Obs.) Jack Lundie JONES RAAF +
    1065519 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Stanley COUNSELL RAFVR - Missing
    1118837 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Douglas MacDONALD RAFVR - Missing

    Pilot of AW310 (36068 S/L James McLAUGHLIN*), crash-landed aircraft at Leuchars.

    * Later DSO, DFC.

    Col.
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    That's great. Many thanks for that. I'll have to see if the service file for Jones has been put online.

    I have a photo of MacDonald along with a letter home written a matter of days before he was killed. He talks about his crew and how great they are, and how he can't wait for his next leave to bring them all back. He was from the Ullapool area so not a million miles from home. He also talks about being stuck in Wick after engine problems after an op but not being able to go and see a family friend up there.

    I'll have to did to ORBs out to find out the ops he completed. He does talk about Norway but it stops at that.

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    I have that the a/c were formating on a navex when they collided. AW310 'P' was badly damaged but returned to belly-land at Leuchars; AW366 'E' crashed in the sea in flames after breaking in two. These a/c letters differ from those quoted by Col.

    Keith

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    Hello,

    You are right Keith. AW366 was "E", and AW310 was "P". l was working from hastily scribbled notes, and not the original file:

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=1058058

    See: pp.14-15 of 30.

    The Beaufort File/Hayward. p.149 confirms.

    Thanks for the correction.

    Col.
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    I am currently researching the men who died in WW2 from the Ullapool area. You say you have a photo of Macdonald along with a letter home written a few days before he was killed. Would be most grateful if you could share it with me. Also I cannot find any evidence that his parents were there during WW2. Maybe you have more information. Looking forward to hearing from you

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    Please note it 'Johnnie214' who said he had the photo to which you refer.

    Keith

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