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    Default FtLt Roland W MacKenzie DFC Squadron 166 Pilot Research By His Son Roddy MacKenzie

    I want to learn about my Dad's service as Pilot of Lancaster AS-L of RAF Squadron 166 April to Sep 1944. My Dad's RCAF Flight Lieutenant Roland W MacKenzie DFC. How should I conduct this inquiry?

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    Hi Roddy,

    Welcome to the forum.

    As your dad passed away longer than 20 years ago, you can apply for copies of his RCAF service record, held by the Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa. Follow the advice here: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discove...e-files.aspx#c

    To get you started as to what your dad was up to with No. 166 Squadron here is his entry on Hugh Halliday's database:

    MacKENZIE, F/O Roland Waldo (J14101) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 21 April 1912 in Westville, Nova Scotia; home in Stettler, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 3 July 1941. To No.2 Manning Depot, 20 September 1941. To No.33 SFTS (non-flying duty), 12 November 1941. To No.2 ITS, 21 December 1941. Promoted LAC, 14 February 1942 but not posted to No.16 EFTS until 14 March 1942; to No.4 (or No.41) SFTS, 23 May 1942; graduated and commissioned 11 September 1942. To No.2 Flying Instructor School, 9 October 1942. To No.4 SFTS, 6 December 1942. Promoted Flying Officer, 10 March 1943. To Y Depot, 31 May 1943. To RAF overseas, 23 June 1943. Promoted Flight Lieutenant, 11 September 1944. Repatriated 22 January 1945. Released 2 April 1945. Medal sent by registered mail, 18 July 1945. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 5 September 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (172 operational hours), 9 April to 16 August 1944. The recommendation actually says "30 4/3 sorties" but the sortie list does not indicate exactly which four trips were counted as 1/3 only.

    9 April 1944 - Paris
    10 April 1944 - Paris
    18 April 1944 - Rouen
    20 April 1944 - Cologne
    22 April 1944 - Dusseldorf
    24 April 1944 - Karlsruhe
    27 April 1944 - Friedrichshafen
    30 April 1944 - Rouen
    3 May 1944 - Mailly
    7 May 1944 - Rennes St.Jacques
    10 May 1944 - Dieppe
    12 May 1944 - GARDENING
    19 May 1944 - Orleans
    21 May 1944 - Duisburg
    22 May 1944 - Dortmund
    28 May 1944 - Aachen
    2 June 1944 - Calais
    5 June 1944 - Cherbourg
    14 June 1944 - Le Havre
    16 June 1944 - Sterkrade
    17 June 1944 - Aulnoye
    24 June 1944 - Flers
    27 June 1944 - Chateau Bernapre
    30 June 1944 - Oisemont
    4 July 1944 - Orleans
    6 July 1944 - Foret du Crocq
    12 July 1944 - Revigny sur Ornain
    20 July 1944 - Wizernes
    23 July 1944 - Kiel
    2 August 1944 - Le Havre
    3 August 1944 - Trossy St.Maximin
    5 August 1944 - Pauillac
    7 August 1944 - Fontenay le Marmion
    16 August 1944 - Duvai


    This Canadian officer has now completed 30 1/3 faultless attacks on enemy targets, ranging from Germany to occupied territory. He has consistently shown himself to be a pilot of great skill and has displayed high qualities of leadership and courage. He has been determined to press home his attack regardless of the opposition and has always been successful. His tenacity of purpose was magnificently displayed on his last sortie on the 16th August 1944, when, on proceeding to the target, an engine failed. He made no less than three runs over the target, despite heavy flak, to ensure that his bombs fell in the target area.

    On the ground, as Deputy Flight Commander, he has shown willingness and enthusiasm which have been an inspiration to the whole squadron. For his determination and devotion to duty he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Roddy,
    In addition to what Dave has already given, i have a copy of the 166sqdn Operations Record Book, and will sort out the section from April to August that relate to the ops in Dave's list, and send on to you via a zip file. I will email you before sending, just to let you know to expect them.
    The four trips that i would assume as only counting as a third each, were on....

    2/6, abandoned, 10/10ths cloud over target.
    17/6, abandoned 10/10ths cloud over target.
    28/6, abandoned, bomb doors would not open.
    12/7, abandoned, on instructuions from Master Bomber.

    Technically, the operation listed for Aachen on 28th May, was actually for the night of 27/28th, but he took off late at 00.05.

    Last op to Douai should read 11th August, not 16th, the piece in the citation for the last op to Douai is correct in every detail apart from the date.
    Alan.
    Last edited by AlanW; 29th August 2015 at 06:19.

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    Roddy, if you send me a pm I can give you some more information. I met the Engineer from your Dad's crew many years ago.

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    Roddy,
    I'm getting "strange" emails from your email address, which i'm not opening, so might be worth checking if your account has been hacked.

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    HELP! I don't know how to contact anyone. My email address is roddymmackenzie@gmail.com. I haven't been able to re-enter this site until today. I'll be in England later this month. I want to visit Kirmington and meet RAF people who can tell me about my Dad Roland W. MacKenzie DFC pilot in Squadron 166. Roddy MacKenzie, West Vancouver, Canada. Please email me.

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    I really want to communicate with Daventry, Alan and the others in this thread. I was unaware of anyone's replies in 2015 until I Googled my Dad's name about three weeks ago. It's taken me until today to re-enter this site because I did not know my username or password and I did not know the answers to random questions let. Just a few minutes ago I finally guessed right on both my username and password. Please email me at roddymmackenzie@gmail.com because I'm having problems navigating this site. I'm most anxious to make meaningful contacts regarding my Dad because I'll be in England in July. Roddy MacKenzie, son of Flt Lt Roland W MacKenzie DFC

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