Flying Officer
James Noble Mackenzie

1919 - 25 June  1943

Fort William, Invernessshire - Amsterdam


 

Not much is known about James Noble Mackenzie. He was born in 1919, son of William and Eliza Mackenzie, of Inverlochy, Fort William, Invernessshire.

He was a pilot flying with 51 Squadron.

51 squadron at the time flew halifax bombers out of Snaith. On 24 June 1943, F/O Mackenzie and his crew were detailed to participate in a mission against the German city of Wuppertal. F/O Mackenzie's crew consisted of:

F/O James Noble Mackenzie
Sgt W. Blackie
P/O Arthur James .Fitchett
P/O C. A. Johnson
Sgt R. W. Stevenson
Sgt W. Andrews RCAF
Sgt R. E. Murdock RCAF

 

51 Squadron

The crew took off in Halifax JD250 MH-R from Snaith at 23.13. They were intercepted over Holland, just after they crossed the coast, by Ofw Karl-Georg Pfeiffer of IV./NJG1, who proceeded to shoot down the Halifax. It crashed into the North Sea, possibly trying to fly back to England.

The bodies of P/O Fitchett, F/O MacKenzie and Sgt Murdock washed ashore and are buried at different cemeteries in The Netherlands. The remaining crew members remain missing and are commemorated at the Runnymede memorial.

F/O James Fitchett is buried at Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Plot 69. Row B. Grave 9.


 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

See also:
P/O Arthur Fitchett
Sgt W.Blackie
P/O C.A.Johnson
Sgt R.W.Stevenson
Sgt W.Andrews RCAF
Sgt R.E.Murdock RCAF

All Casualties of the 51 squadron buried in The Netherlands
 

Sources and Acknowledgements:
Lostbombers.co.uk

 

Directions to Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery

Posted 12 May 2009


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