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    Morning,

    I'm trying to figure out what Sgt Macklem served with 402 Squadron in 1941-1942. There are no initials in the ORB able help.

    Any idea?

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    Phil

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    Phil

    Not sure if it's the same chap, but there's a group photo of 411 Sqn personnel taken in April 1945 in Osprey's 'Spitfire Aces of NW Europe, 1944-1945,' page 86, which includes a 'Flying Officer M R Macklem.'

    If it is indeed the same man, maybe the 411 Sqn ORB can help.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hi Phil,

    Is it from 402 Sqn?

    …Sgt. Pilot Rae Macklem, of Fort Frances, Ont, to a freak mid-air collision that might have cost him his life and that of his flight commander, Flt Lt Fred Kelly, of Toronto. Hurribombers piloted by, the airmen collided 10,000 feet up during a practice flight over the air drome. The propeller of Kelly's machine knocked off the hood over Macklem's cockpit nicked the collar of his Mae West and chewed pieces from the wing, fuselage and tail-plane of the aircraft. Kelly lost his propeller. Sqdn. Ldr. Bob Morrow, of Toronto, the squadron commander, saw the crash from the ground and shouted Instructions to the pair over the radio telephone to bail out. …

    https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/44477822/

    R68695 Milford Rae MACKLEM (J86387) P/O 28.2.44

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    Yes Mojmir, that is my man. Morrow was his commander at the time he was serving the 402. Thanks.
    Phil

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