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MacDonald, Ross Morrison (Lieutenant)

Prisoner of War 1918-September-29

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Birth Date: unkown date (age 65)

Born: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ronald C. MacDonald & May Alicia MacDonald

Enid MacDonald

Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Enlistment: Winnipeg Manitoba

Enlistment Date: 1916-09-01

87 (F) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Maximus Me Metuit (The most powerful fear me)
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers
MacDonald enlisted in the 179 Btn. CEF (Cameroon Highlanders of Canada) on 1916-09-01.He went overseas with them and served in France until February, 1917 when he transferred to the RFC. In March he joined 15 Sqn as an observer. The squadron flew the RE-8 2-seater known as a 'Harry Tate'. On 1917-07-11 they lost the undercarriage on their RE 8 (A3691) when they got too close to a field of corn. After pilot training during the winter of 1917-18 he was posted to 87 Sqn flying Sopwith Dolphins, and returned to France with his new unit. In action with the unit he claimed 5 victories before being shot down . On 1918-09-29, MacDonald was on an Offensive Patrol (OP) in Dolphin C5155, and was last seen south-west of Douai. He was later confirmed a POW. He was repatriated on 1918-11-29. He died at Winnipeg General Hospital at the age of 71. FAG lists date of birth as 1898

Sopwith Dolphin

Source Kestrel Publications

The Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin was a British fighter aircraft manufactured by the Sopwith Aviation Company. It was used by the Royal Flying Corps and its successor, the Royal Air Force, during the First World War. The Dolphin entered service on the Western Front in early 1918 and proved to be a formidable fighter. The aircraft was not retained in the postwar inventory and was retired shortly after the war.

No. 1 (Fighter) Squadron, which operated Dolphins along with S.E.5as, Sopwith Snipes, and captured Fokker D.VIIs, was disbanded on 28 January 1920. Although retired from Canadian Air Force service, a small number of Dolphins were sent back to Canada. Wikipedia

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Dolphin 5F.1 C4156

87 (F) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Maximus Me Metuit

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