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Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:400207
Rank:Flight Lieutenant
Date of Birth:20 June 1918
Place of Birth:Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
Decorations:Distinguished Flying Cross
King's Commendation for Brave Conduct
Units:No. 31 Squadron, RAAF
Central Flying School, RAAF


21 July 1940Enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force.
16 November 1945Discharged from Royal Australian Air Force.


Distinguished Flying Cross:
Flying Officer McDONALD was posted to No. 31 L.R./F. Squadron in November 1942 and since that date has been actively engaged in operational flying. In his 140 operational hours he has participated in 26 sorties against Timor and Islands to the north of Australia.
In the course of attacks of Fuiloro, Penfoei and Taberfane he has, by ground strafing, personally destroyed 8 enemy aircraft and is credited with the damaging of many others.
Throughout all his operational flying, Flying Officer McDONALD has retained his enthusiasm and keenness to engage the enemy. His courage, determination and efficiency are outstanding and even in the face of extreme danger and difficulties, he can always be relied upon to complete his allotted tasks.

King's Commendation for Brave Conduct:
On 16th March, 1944, a Beaufort aircraft was involved in a crash landing resulting from almost total engine failure shortly after take-off.
As captain and pilot of the aircraft, Flight Lieutenant McDONALD displayed exceptional skill and coolness in carrying out a forced landing under the most difficult and hazardous circumstances.
The aircraft commenced to burn fiercely upon coming to rest. Immediately upon vacating the aircraft, Flight Lieutenant McDONALD checked his crew and discovered the absence of one of the members. He promptly re-entered the blazing aircraft and strenuously endeavoured to release the airman who was trapped in the rear of the fuselage.
He persisted in his endeavours to extricate the trapped airman until forced to retire by the fierceness of the flames, sustaining second degree burns, abrasions and severe shock.
Flight Lieutenant McDONALD displayed bravery above the call of normal duty in his persistent endeavours to effect a rescue under extremely dangerous conditions.

External Links

World War 2 Nominal Roll
Australian Honours Search Facility - King's Commendation for Brave Conduct


McDonald, K.N. 1996 Coomalie Charlie's Commandos. Maryborough: Banner Books.

Record updated on 17 December 2017.


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