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    Default Sgt Ian McDonald RNZAF died aboard vessel Li Wo 13 February 1942 off Singapore

    Hi guys

    'Bloody Shambles' records that RNZAF pilot Sgt Ian McDonald was lost 13th (?) February 1942, while evacuating from Singapore.

    Was he a bomber pilot?

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    Brian,

    Errol's "For Your Tomorrow, Vol 3" has him lost 14 February 1942 aboard the HMS Li Wo, sunk by Japanese warships.

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    Bio entry from my FYT Vol 3:

    McDONALD, Sergeant Ian Allan Rogers.
    NZ412243; b Wainui 16 Sep 11; Akaroa DHS, Chch BHS & Otago Univ/Dunedin TTColl; teacher - Otago Education Board, Dunedin. RNZAF Levin/ITW as Airman Pilot u/t 13 Apr 41, 1EFTS 24 May 41, 1FTS 5 Jul 41, Pilots Badge [wef 16.8.41] & Sgt 27 Sep 41, att RAF & emb for Singapore 21 Oct 41, arr 13 Nov 41, Seletar 14 Nov 41, [postings wanting], hospital, emb HMS Li Wo for evacuation to NEI 13 Feb 42, killed 14 Feb 42 when Li Wo sunk during encounter with enemy warships. Singapore Memorial - Column 422. Son of John Allan & Flora Hellen McDonald (née Rogers), Banks Peninsula. [phot. TWN 25.8.43].

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    Thanks Dave and Errol

    Is there any clue in his record that he was trained as a bomber pilot (several RNZAF pilots had arrived at Singapore round about this time and were trained to fly Blenheims)?

    Can we assume that he had been wounded/injured or had been taken ill before his death on 14 February 1942?

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    Brian,

    No further details exist on his file about his activities on Singapore.

    Errol

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    Many thanks for checking, Errol

    Cheers
    Brian

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