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Donald Carr MacKenzie

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald Carr AWMM
  • Surname
    MacKenzie AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    43706 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 August 1921 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre Jul 1939 AWMM Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr John Gretton MacKenzie (father), Rangiuru, Otaki, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr. and Mrs. J. G. MacKenzie of Wellington c/- Town Hall, Wellington AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • WW2 Jul 1939 AWMM
      Age 18 AWMM
    • WW2 Jun 1940 AWMM
      Age 19 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of John Gretton Mackenzie and Jeannie Mackenzie, of Rangiuru, Otaki

      Two sons were killed serving as pilots in WW2 Angus Carr MacKenzie (NZ404491) flying with the RNZAF and Donald Carr Mackenzie (43706) flying with the RAF with the 467 (RAAF) Squadron.

      Embarked with the RNZAF in 1940 and then he went to the RAF relinquishing his RNZAF commission and taking up a RAF short service commission

      Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July- 31 October 1940

      Attended Wellington College (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845613)) AWMM
    • Donald Carr MacKenzie was born in Wellington, New Zealand on 26th August 1921 and educated at Wellington College. After graduating he worked for an insurance company. He served as a gunner in the 22nd Anti-Aircraft Territorial Battery.

      In late July 1939 Mackenzie applied for a short service commission in the RNZAF and was accepted, beginning his ground training at Rongotai on 20th September. He was posted to No.1 EFTS Taieri on 21st October and then to No.1 FTS Wigram on 16th December.

      Awarded his wings on 13th February 1940, Mackenzie completed his training and sailed for the UK on 26th April in the RMS Rangitiki.

      Mackenzie was posted to 4 Ferry Pilots Pool at Kemble on 17th June, flying Wellingtons for further air experience. On 18th July he went to 12 OTU Benson to convert to Battles. He then joined 142 Squadron at Eastchurch and flew one operation over enemy territory before volunteering for Fighter Command.

      Mackenzie joined 56 Squadron at Boscombe Down on 5th September. Before being posted away to CFS Upavon on 1st January 1941, Mackenzie had taken part in twenty-three operational sorties and was credited with one Me109 destroyed.

      After completing his instructors course Mackenzie went to 2 FTS Brize Norton. In March 1942 he was posted to RAF Hucknall as a test pilot for Rolls Royce. In preparation for a return to operations Mackenzie went to 1654 Conversion Unit at Wigsley, to crew-up and convert to Wellingtons. He then joined 467 (RAAF) Squadron, being formed at Scampton.

      In early April 1943 Mackenzie was promoted and appointed a Flight Commander. In the late evening of 11th June he took off from Bottesford to attack Dusseldorf. His Lancaster W4983 PO-Z was hit by flak from Battery 1./514 and crashed at Frenz, 5 km ENE of Eschweiler. The whole crew were killed.

      Mackenzie was awarded the DFC (gazetted 20th July 1943). It was presented to his parents by the Governor General in Wellington on 9th January 1945. Public - Brendon - Other Relative - 7 May 2015 -
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About death

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  • Death
    12 June 1943 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    GermanyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Rheinberg War Cemetery, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany AWMM Coll. grave 3. A. 3-7 AWMM
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  • Know that you and Angus will not be forgotten. We are proud of you both.
    Public - Brendon - Other Relative - 7 May 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
    • The Weekly News AWMM
      Weekly News, 1943 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      Wynn, K. (1981). p. 260-263 AWMM
    • Ministry for Culture and Heritage. (2012). New Zealanders serving with RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, 10 July – 31 October 1940. [A list compiled by Ministry for Culture and Heritage with Errol Martyn]. AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ma - McW. Archives New Zealand (R17845613) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Deceased New Zealanders (Formerly) serving with RAF [Royal Air Force]. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845760). AWMM


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07 May 2015Brendon AucklandOther Relative

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