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    Default 427 Sqn Ldr DM Arnot DFC

    I am looking for information on this RCAF pilot who was Squadron Leader of 427 when his Halifax LL139 went down on 21 Jan 1944 while on a mission to Magdeburg. According to one loss record, the plane was shot down by a night fighter. One crewman survived the explosion and crash.

    Donald McKenzie Arnot (spelling as given by CWGC) was a student at Malvern Collegiate Institute in Toronto.
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    OK, I have found the DFC citation for him. Anyone have details on the final mission to Magdeburg 21 Jan 44.

    ARNOT, F/L Donald MacKenzie (J13470) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 10 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Born in Toronto, 1918; home there; enlisted Toronto, 13 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 October 1943), No.14 EFTS (graduated 22 December 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 17 March 1941). Commissioned 1942. Killed in action 21 January 1944. Medal presented 28 February 1946. Photo PL-22550 showed him at post-raid interrogation with F/L Elleker (Arnot wears hat and faces camera); PL-22648 shows W/C R.S. Turnbull, S/L Arnot and FS A.J. King; PL-26013 seated at desk; PL-37588 shows his next of kin after receiving medal. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9153 has recommendation dated 19 November 1943 when he had flown 20 sorties (136 hours 48 minutes) and was a Flight Commander in his unit.

    11 June 43 Dusseldorf (4.50) 12 Aug 43 Milan (9.50)
    12 June 43 Bochum (5.28) 17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (7.30)
    19 June 43 Le Creusot (7.30) 22 Aug 43 Leverkusen (5.10)
    28 June 43 Cologne (4.05) 23 Aug 43 Berlin (7.15)
    2 July 43 GARDENING (4.30) 27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (8.20)
    9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen (7.10) 31 Aug 43 Berlin (7.35)
    13 July 43 Aachen (5.30) 6 Sept 43 Munich (8.30)
    24 July 43 Hamburg (5.45) 15 Sept 43 Montlucon (6.55)
    29 July 43 Hamburg (6.35) 8 Oct 43 Hanover (5.10)
    30 July 43 Remscheid (5.30) 11 Nov 43 Cannes (9.55)
    9 Aug 43 Mannheim (3.45, DNCO)

    Flight Lieutenant Arnot has successfully completed a large number of bombing sorties against some of the strongest defended targets in Germany. This officer has always shown great keenness and determination on all of these attacks and his devotion to duty has been an inspiration and an example to his crew and squadron.

    http://www.airforce.ca/wwii/ALPHA-AR.html
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    Default D.M. Arnot, DFC

    Several entries on the Air Force Association website are out of date and this is one. My own data base entry reads as follows:

    ARNOT, F/L Donald MacKenzie (J13470) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 10 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Born in Toronto, 11 September 1918; home there; enlisted Toronto, 13 August 1940. To No.2 ITS, 30 September 1940. Promoted LAC, 26 October 1940; to No.14 EFTS, 27 October 1940; to No.1 SFTS, 22 December 1940; graduated and promoted Sergeant, 17 March 1941. Posted to No.11 SFTS, 29 May 1941 as instructor. Promoted Flight Sergeant, 1 December 1941. Promoted WO2, 1 June 1942. Commissioned 15 August 1942. To "Y" Depot, Halifax, 15 November 1942. Posted to Britain, 10 December 1942. Promoted Flying Officer, 1 January 1943. Promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 August 1943. Promoted Squadron Leader, 6 December 1943. Killed in action 21 January 1944. Medal presented 28 February 1946. Photo PL-22550 showed him at post-raid interrogation with F/L Elleker (Arnot wears hat and faces camera); PL-22648 shows W/C R.S. Turnbull, S/L Arnot and FS A.J. King; PL-26013 seated at desk; PL-37588 shows his next of kin after receiving medal. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9153 has recommendation dated 19 November 1943 when he had flown 20 sorties (136 hours 48 minutes) and was a Flight Commander in his unit.

    11 June 1943 - Dusseldorf (4.50)
    12 June 1943 - Bochum (5.28)
    19 June 1943 - Le Creusot (7.30)
    28 June 1943 - Cologne (4.05)
    2 July 43 - GARDENING (4.30)
    9 July 43 - Gelsenkirchen (7.10)
    13 July 43 - Aachen (5.30)
    24 July 43 - Hamburg (5.45)
    29 July 43 - Hamburg (6.35)
    30 July 43 - Remscheid (5.30)
    9 August 1943 - Mannheim (3.45, DNCO)
    12 August 1943 - Milan (9.50)
    17 August 1943 - Peenemunde (7.30)
    22 August 1943 - Leverkusen (5.10)
    23 August 1943 - Berlin (7.15)
    27 August 1943 - Nuremburg (8.20)
    31 August 1943 - Berlin (7.35)
    6 September 1943 - Munich (8.30)
    15 September 1943 - Montlucon (6.55)
    8 October 1943 - Hanover (5.10)
    11 November 1943 - Cannes (9.55)

    "Flight Lieutenant Arnot has successfully completed a large number of bombing sorties against some of the strongest defended targets in Germany. This officer has always shown great keenness and determination on all of these attacks and his devotion to duty has been an inspiration and an example to his crew and squadron."

    NOTE: His family has supplied the following list of sorties subsequent to the above recommendation, from his logbook:

    22 November 1943 Berlin (6.55)
    26 November 1943 Stuttgart (8.25)
    29 December 1943 Berlin (7.50)
    21 January 1944 Magdeburg (final trip, signed by W/C R.S. Turnbull, Commanding Officer)

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    Thanks very much Hugh. The entry indicates there are photos somewhere, do you know how these can be found? Are they in an archive still?
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    Second World War photo collection is now in process of being transferred from Department of National Defence to Library and Archives Canada.

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    Hi David

    Arnot attended SFTS at Borden with my great uncle, Bill Brew, between 27 December 1940 and 17 March 1941. I don't have any new information on Arnot, as what I have was kindly provided me by Hugh, but an article was printed in the then 'Toronto Daily Star' upon their graduation, which shows pictures of each of the men and includes both Arnot and Brew. I have a copy in pdf format, which I am happy to send you if you can provide me your e-mail address. The article runs over two pages and each page is ca. 500KB, so 1MB total.

    As an aside, considering my recent queries and research into Dulag Luft, it is surprising that pictures of pilots, their names and origins ("DONALD ARNOT, Toronto") are listed for any agent to collect and collate! Easy takings...

    Regards
    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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