Our Thanks to Charles Leach for this update. Hopefully we will be visiting  Kalkara Cemetery during the Malta reunion in April.
Norman MacQueen
Some of you will already know that George Hornby passed away at the end of October and his family appreciated kind support at Colwyn Bay Crematorium.
You will remember that George and I worked on a project with regard to

Some of you will already know that George Hornby passed away at the end of October and his family appreciated kind support at Colwyn Bay Crematorium.
You will remember that George and I worked on a project with regard to Flight Lieutenant Norman Carter Macqueen DFC (1920-1942) who entered RAF service from Rhyl, North Wales at RAF Padgate on Sept 10 1939.
About three weeks after George’s funeral (almost by a coincidence) I was told that the Maqueen DFC, a RAF logbook and photograph had been auctioned at Cirencester and purchased by a private collector who wishes to remain anonymous.
I duly followed up this information with the auction house and the secretary passed on details of my interest and patched this through to the purchaser.  The result was a letter in the post and copies of the images which I have scanned as per attachments.
I am so pleased that these RAF relics have been “found” and are in a collection of a person who will value and look after them.  I appreciate the care and help of  the auction house at this time.
I am also pleased to have a better image of Norman Macqueen.
Best wishes,
Charles Leach
Charles Leach

Flight Lieutenant Norman Carter Macqueen

 DFC RAF VR (1920-1942)

Born April 17th 1920, 677, Bloxwich Rd, Leamore, Walsall,

West Midlands

  • Parents, Dr. Joseph Gordon and Helen Fairley Macqueen
  • Schooling, Cargilfield Prep School, Edinburgh
  • September 1933, enters Fettes College, Edinburgh
  • July 1938, leaves Fettes College
  • September 10th 1939 joins RAF as Aircraftman 2nd Class service number  968025 and enters service from Rhyl
  • 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, Malta and his name is inscribed on the memorial stone at the Garden of Remembrance, Rhyl.

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