MCDONALD, James Neil

Service Number: 407529
Enlisted: 9 November 1940
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 156 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, 28 April 1916
Home Town: Clarence Park, South Australia
Schooling: Scotch College
Occupation: Sales assistant
Died: Flying Battle, Germany, 13 August 1944, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany
Buried Wasserliesch - exhumed and reburied in group grave., Rheinberg War Cemetery, Rheinberg, Germany
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Naval Military and Air Force Club of SA Inc WW2 Honour Roll
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World War 2 Service

9 Nov 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), 407529, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Nov 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, 407529
7 Feb 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, 407529, No. 148 Squadron (RAF), Middle East / Mediterranean Theatre
8 Sep 1942: Honoured Distinguished Flying Medal, Middle East / Mediterranean Theatre, for Exceptional skill as pilot on operations...
13 Aug 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, 407529, No. 156 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...407529 Pilot Officer James Neil McDonald DFM, RAAF of 148 Squadron, RAF, from Adelaide SA... PO McDonald was awarded the DFM in January 1943 for his keenness and determination on operations in Malta and the Middle East. He was lost on operations over Germany on 13 August, 1944 while flying with 156 Squadron, RAF and is buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery at Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)