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Donald Maxwell Lang McKenzie

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald Maxwell Lang AWMM
  • Surname
    McKenzie AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ414726 AWMM
    • WWII 414726 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 March 1920 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Richard McKenzie AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 17 May 1942 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 19 May 1941 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Bank officer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Sergeant McKenzie was the elder son of Mr and Mrs R McKenzie of Kaitaia and a descendant of the Highlanders of Waipu. Commencing his education at Maungawhau School, he afterwards attended the Waiuku District High School from where he matriculated before joining the staff of the National Bank at Pukekohe. He was a keen player of tennis and golf.

    Entering the RNZAF at Levin, in August 1941, he passed out of Wigram with his wings in March 1942, and left for England where he took part in several flights over enemy territory as captain of a Wellington bomber before his death in action. His wing-commander has written to his parents of is outstanding “ skill, courage and determination,” and of his last flight. “This raid was a vital one, and one of the many daring and courageous acts the Royal Air Force is called upon to perform.”

    He was the pilot of a Wellington X, HE 368 HD, which took off from Leconfield at 1704 on 26 January 1943. The operation was named 'Lorient'. At 2300 on the return the plane crashed due to engine failure at Sutton Railway Station, 2 miles NW of Retford, Nottinghamshire. Sergeant McKenzie, Pilot Officer H.E. Bonest and Sergeant C.C. Brownlee (RNZAF) were all killed. Sergeants W.C. Bush and A.R. Ferris were both injured. Sergeant Bush died the following day.

    His younger brother, John was in training in the RNZAF at the time of his death.

    Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 January 1943 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    LincolnshireEngland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Finningley (Holy Trinity and St Oswald) Churchyard Extension, Nottinghamshire, England AWMM 36 AWMM
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  • Obituary
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • My Father Sgt Reg Ferriss or Titch as he was known, was the 21 yr old rear gunner (tail end charlie) who survived the fatal crash on 26/1/43 Donald Mckenzie was his pilot and all his life, he never forgot his 'Crew" ...In Billericay Essex England he laid a wreath to his crew every year on the date and minute of the crash at the town memorial and today his family, i am his daughter, continue that tradition on
    my fathers memorial at the ATC in Billericay that my father founded in 1950, On that memorial are the names of his crew, including sgt Mckenzie and i would love his descendants to be aware of this. My father died 2006 his name Reginald Arthur Ferriss and held title SQD Leader Ferriss till he died (in full uniform at a Wing Even!)

    please contact me ...i am in Aukland carrying out this research untill 15th December 2017
    I have found descendants of Colin Brownlee, the other RNZAF
    Public - Teresa - Researcher - 19 November 2017



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25 October 2019KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
19 November 2017TeresaBillericay. Essex. United KingdomResearcher

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