Flight Lieutenant Norman Carter Macqueen (1920-1942) DFC RAFVR

Distinguished Flying Cross, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

George Hornby, local poet and RAF Veteran was pleased to attend a reunion of the Old Fettesian Association (North West England Branch) recently as an honoured guest at Little Bollington. He made presentations to commemorate the life of Norman Macqueen who entered RAF service from Rhyl in 1939 at RAF Padgate, near Warrington aged 19.   

The regional College reunion was held at the Swan with Two Nicks, Little Bollington, Friday May 11th 2012.  George Hornby presented a framed copy of his poem “The Few”, a replica DFC in a frame and a biographical folder produced by Charles Leach.  

Friday May 4th 2012 marked the seventieth anniversary of Norman’s death in Malta. Fettes College marked this poignant event at Assembly and at the same time a candle was lit in St. Asaph Cathedral by Charles Leach to coincide with the College Service. 

Norman was the second son of Rhyl GP Gordon Macqueen and Helen Macqueen (Clarence House).  He attended Fettes College, Edinburgh from 1933-1938 as a boarder. Norman was a member of the famous 249 Squadron; he was killed in action when his plane nosedived near RAF Ta Kali, Malta.  A few days before this event, it had been announced that Norman was to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. 

Mrs. Dawn Beaumont (Old Fettesian Secretary) accepted the items on behalf of Fettes College thanked George for making the presentations and also for perpetuating the memory of Flight LieutenNorman Carter Macqueen DFC.  Lest we forget.

  • Born April 17th 1920, 677, Bloxwich Rd, Leamore,                                  Walsall, West Midlands
  • Parents, Dr. Joseph Gordon and Helen Fairley Macqueen
  • September 1933, enters Fettes College, Edinburgh
  • July 1938, leaves Fettes College
  • September 10th 1939 joins RAF as Aircraftman 2nd Class service number  968025
  • January 1st 1940 promoted to Leading Aircraftman
  • October 12th 1940 promoted temporarily to Sergeant
  • November 12th 1940 granted a commission as Pilot Officer RAFVR, 86689
  • October 16th 1941 granted the paid acting rank of paid Flight Lieutenant
  • Squadrons, 610, 602 and 249 (Malta)
  • Awarded  Distinguished Flying Cross, (DFC)
  • Killed in action, May 4th 1942, near Naxaro, Ta Kali, Malta
  • Buried, Kalkara Cemetery, Plot E, Malta

Flight Lieutenant Norman Carter MacQueen DFC, 86689, Royal Air Force (VR), from Rhyl, in North Wales, Spitfire pilot with 249 Squadron at Ta Kali.  He was preparing to attack some ME 109’s when his aircraft was hit by tracer fire from another ME 109.  The Spitfire nose-dived into the ground and he was killed, the 4th May 1942.  He was buried in Kalkara cemetery.

Our Thanks to Charles Leach for this information.