LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Donald Malcolm MacPHERSON

Service No: 416875
Born: Hawthorn SA, 1 August 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 11 October 1941
Unit: No. 419 Squadron (RCAF), RAF Middleton St George, Durham
Died: Air Operations (No. 419 Squadron Halifax aircraft JD158), Baltic Sea, 18 August 1943, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Duncan Norman and Inez Eugenie Macpherson, of Brighton, South Australia.
Roll of Honour: Brighton SA
Remembered: Panel 133, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

On 18 August 1943, Halifax JD158 failed to return from an attack on Peenemunde, Germany. It probably crashed in the Baltic Sea and all the crew were reported missing, subsequently some remains were found.

The crew members of JD158 were:

Sergeant George Blyth (630246) (RAF) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant James William Dally (R/111753) (RCAF) (Air Gunner)
Flight Lieutenant Stanley Mervyn Heard (J/5535) (RCAF) (Pilot)
Sergeant Donald Malcolm MacPherson (416875) (Second Pilot)
Pilot Officer Peter Oswald McSween (J/85654) (RCAF) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant John James Newbon (1084684) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant David Thornton (P/10395) (RCAF) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Gordon Stanley Walter (R/146666) (RCAF) (Navigator)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/26/210

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