Malvern College Second World War Casualty

P/O. Donald Maclean

House and time at Malvern: 2, 1932 - 1936.

Regiment: R.A.F..
Died: 01 October 1940 aged in Germany. Missing from R.A.F. raid.
Battle: Bomber Command. Cemetery: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 26. F. 1-9.

Son of Mrs Maclean, Heybridge, Prestbury, Macclesfield.
Math V. House Prefect. Cricket XI 1935-36. XL Football.

38 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
The squadron flew Wellington Bombers.

Missing believed killed, the other members of the crew being prisoners of war.

Missing report:
The Wellington Mark IC Q, R. 3219, with a bomb load of nine 230 lb N.D.T, one small bomb container with sixty 4lb incendiary bombs and one 5.5. flare left base at 1904 hours for target A.77 on the 30th September 1940.

'Gerald Hipping, the Navigator, stated:
Our machine, containing P/O Maclean crashed and exploded somewhere along a position line joining Osnabruck and Diepholg.
After capture I was taken to Diepholg aerodrome and there met the Hun who had shot me down. His name was Streib and he received the Iron Cross for his achievement of shooting down four British machines in quick succession on the same night - 30/9/40.'

The crew were 1st Pilot - P/O Maclean, 2nd Pilot - Sgt S Williams, Navigator - Sgt G Tipping, W/Operator - Sgt V. F. Gammon, Tail Gunner - P/O Mathieson, Front Gunner - Sgt J Hamilton.

P/O Maclean was still in the aircraft when Sgt Gammon, who was the last of the crew, safely went out. The aircraft blew up a second later in the air.

Missing Report: Air 81/3568