Gerald Peabody MacKay
Son of D.R. MacKay and Alice Maude Peabody sister of (Earle, Harold)
Gerald attended Stanstead College and Bishop’s University before joining the R.C.A.F. in June 1940.
Gerald Peabody MacKay-24.08.1942 No. 402 Squadron Spitfire IX BS122 P/O.
24th August 1942 (Monday)
Unit: No. 402 Squadron (R.C.A.F.)
Type: Spitfire IXSerial: BS122
Base: R.A.F. Kenley, Surrey, England.
Location: Nr. Bolbec, France.
Pilot: P/O. Gerald Peabody MacKay J/15208 R.C.A.F. Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During the afternoon of the 24th August 402 squadron were escorting United States Air Force B-17’s on a bombing operation to the Le Trait shipyards.During this circus, they jumped 8 x Fw190’s and during this combat, they were then attacked by 40 x Fw190’s from JG 26 and shot down near Bolbec. 402 Squadron also lost 3 other aircraft in the same operation: Spitfire IX BS136 Flown by 21 year old Fl/Sgt Victor Miller, killed.Spitfire IX BS198 Flown by Fl/Lt. Bland, managed to return to Kenley, wounded.Spitfire IX BS202 Flown by Fl/Lt. I.G. Keltie managed to return to Kenley, wounded. Also survived another incident on the 13th April 1944.Note: Spitfire BS122 was built on the 20th July 1942 at the Eastleigh factory and delivered to 402 on the 28th July. Fitted with the Merlin 61 engine.Burial Details:
Fl/Sgt. Victor Howard Miller. St. Valery-en-Caux Franco-British Cemetery. Grave A.15. Son of Dr. Donald Russell MacKay and Alice Maude MacKay; husband of Edith Joyce MacKay, of Upwell, Cambridgeshire, England.