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    Default Squadron Leader Nigel MacFarlane DSO

    Hi all,

    Looking for information on the career pre June 1944 and a photograph of the above, former flight commander with 218 squadron and squadron commander XV Squadron.

    Any pointers welcome.

    TIA

    Steve
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    Nigel Graeme MACFARLANE 40725

    P/O 7 May 38, F/O 3 Sep 40, WSF/L 3 Sep 41, transferred to the reserve and then called up 7 Mar 42 - this is an admin thing - and A/S/L, made WSS/L on 17 Feb 45. This info from D V P Hearns DSO book

    OC 15 from 21/11/44 to 12/03/46

    Retired from the RAF on 18 Apr 58.

    For a photo you could try Oxford's Own by Martin Ford-Jones

    Colin Cummings

    Born 5/12/15 and still alive in 2006

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    MACFARLANE, Nigel Graeme, W/C (40725, Royal Air Force) - No.15 Squadron - Distinguished Service Order - awarded as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945. Born 1915 in Redruth, Cornwall; home in Berwick. Educated at Barton Grange, Bulawayo and Plumtree Schools, Southern Rhodesia. Enlisted as RAF pupil pilot, 1938. Secured his first squadron command in November 1944. Awarded Belgian Order of Leopold (Chevalier) with Palm and Croix de Guerre (1940) with Palm as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1947. No citation to DSO in Gazette; following text from Air Ministry Bulletin 19245 and Flight, 9 August 1945.

    Since assuming command of his squadron, this officer has consistently displayed a high standard of leadership and devotion to duty. He has frequently led the squadron to attack distant and dangerous targets in enemy territory, undeterred by adverse weather and enemy opposition. On many of his missions Wing Commander Macfarlane has acted as captain of aircraft with crews who were flying on their first operation. By his courage and experience he has been a source of confidence to all who serve under him. The high level of achievement attained by the squadron has been largely attributable to the fine qualities of its commander.

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    Gents,

    Thank you both for your valued input.

    Regards

    Steve
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