James Livingston MacDonaldFlight SergeantK/264905619 RAF SquadronRoyal Canadian Air ForceFebruary 14, 1926Glace Bay, Cape Breton Co., NSAugust 11, 1943No 16 Recruiting Centre, Halifax, NS175 feet, 8½ inchesDarkBrownDark BrownSingleStudentRoman CatholicRoderick Herbert MacDonald (Father), Glace Bay, NSFebruary 8, 194518Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England Panel 282Commemorated on Page 536 of the Second World War Book of RemembranceDisplayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on November 11Flight Sergeant James Livingston MacDonald was the son of Roderick Herbert MacDonald (1895–1965) and Ella Leona (MacKinnon) MacDonald (1900–1951), of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. He was the brother of Herbert Alexander, John Dunstan, and Claude Joseph. He attended school in Glace bay between 1931 and 1943 and served with 45 Squadron Air Cadets in Glace Bay between 1940 and 1943. Enlisting at seventeen, four months prior to his eighteen birthday, he trained in Canada until May 1944. He disembarked in England on May 19, 1944 and following further trained was taken on strength with 619 Squadron on December 7, 1944. 619 RAF Squadron RAF was a heavy bomber squadron flying Lancaster bombers as part of No. 5 Group, RAF Bomber Command. On February 8, 1945 the aircraft, in which James MacDonald was the Gunner, departed RAF Station Strubby, Alford, Lincolnshire failed to return following air operations. In 1950, the wreckage of the aircraft was located in a pine forest near Koblentz twenty miles west north west of Stettin, Germany. Two graves were located nearby, one containing the remains of the pilot and the other grave contained remains that could not be identified. Other members of the crew are believed to have perished in view of the severity of the crash. With no known graves they are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. One crew member did managed to escape the plane, parachuting as the aircraft was going down, and was taken as a prisoner of war.
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