PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Arnot, Donald MacKenzie (Service number: J13470)
Date of birth: 1918 (Toronto/Ontario, Canada)
Date of death:  January 21st, 1944
Buried on:  Commonwealth War Cemetery Berlin
Plot: 2.  Row: K.  Grave: 10.
Nationality:  Canadian
BIOGRAPHY: 
Donald Arnot and his crew were shot down by a night fighter on the return flight from a large bombing raid on Magdeburg.
Captain Arnot gave the command to abandon the aircraft. Tragically, before the crew could bale out, the aircraft exploded in mid air killing all on board except for P/O. Thom who was blown clear and captured near Köthen, spending the remainder of the war as a PoW.
     
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (DFC)
Rank: Acting Flight Lieutenant
Unit: No. 427 (Lion) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Awarded on: January 18th, 1944
Action: Citation:
"Flight Lieutenant Arnot has successfully completed a large number of bombing sorties against some of the strongest defended targets in Germany. This officer has always shown great keenness and determination on all of these attacks and his devotion to duty has been an inspiration and an example to his crew and squadron."
 
 
 
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Information source(s):   - Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36335 published on the 14 January 1944
- Air Force Association of Canada
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Air Crew Remembrance Society
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