McBRIDE – James McAllister

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113888 – Flight Lieutenant – Pilot – 161 Sqn – Lysander LRV9674 – KIA at 25

Educated QRC; Volunteer UK, 12 Dec 1940. Feb 43 promoted to FO. 1st Tour Wellingtons; 2nd Tour Mosquitoes; 3rd Tour Lysanders – Spec Ops. Crashed while landing in bad weather (heavy fog) at 0353hrs on 17 Dec 1943 at RAF Tangmere. He had been on special operations dropping agents in occupied France along with another Lysander LRV 9367 flown by FO Hankey who crashed at 0402hrs. Both pilots lost their lives. Son of Donald and Jean W. McBride, of Port of Spain, Trinidad.

[Source: CMHA]

Initials: J M
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flight Lieutenant (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 161 Sqdn.
Age: 25
Date of Death: 17/12/1943
Service No: 113888
Additional information: Son of Donald and Jean W. McBride, of Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Square 115. C. of E. Plot. Grave 24.


2 additions to “McBRIDE – James McAllister”

  1. Mark Haycock adds:


    Information from London Gazette. Hankey and McBride awarded Mention in Despatches (MID) LG 8/6/1944

  2. Richard Fitzsimmons adds:

    Alumnus of Strathallan School in Scotland. Left 1936-7. School obituary below.

    Jim, the younger of the two brothers McBride of Port of Spain, Trinidad, was Captain of the School in the session 1936-37 and was held in high esteem by his contemporaries. His career at Cambridge was interrupted by the war when he volunteered for the RAF. After serving for four years in bombers and in Mosquito night fighters, he was killed in a flying accident on 17th December 1943 whilst on a special mission. Jim is the second Strathallian Captain to make the supreme sacrifice. Our sincere sympathy goes out to his parents and to his brother Ian, in Trinidad. Killed 17th December 1943.

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