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J.M.LLOYD
07-04-2007, 06:39 PM
Wallace Mcintosh[born Traves,Scotland,1920]was recognised by his Royal Air Force colleagues the most prolific gunner in World War 11 and the most decorated rear gunner in the RAF.Mr Mcintosh was born in 1920,in a barn to a servant girl who gave him to her grandparents to bring up.The family frequently moved around Scotland to pursue agricultural jobs, he learned to shoot, hunt,,fish and be self sufficient.The RAF initially rejected Mr Mcintosh for a position as air crew,but when given the chance as a tail gunner,he grabbed it and flew more than 50 sorties over Europe for 207 squadron. There is no definitive record of how many planes he shot down but his biography states it was eight,with one probable.Mr Mcintosh lost 1007 comrades from his squadron, a memorial to the 207 sqadron now stands on the base of the fire tender shed in Spilsby,Lincolnshire.Wallace was awarded the DFC and bar and the DFM, but his most special moment was when he was sent a telegram of congratulations from Air Marshal "Bomber" Harris.Mr mcintosh's biography,"Gunning for the Enemy" was written by Mel Rolfe in 2003.alas Wallace Mcintosh passed away at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on June 4th....RIP

Taylortony
07-04-2007, 06:56 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Salute

BrotherVoodoo
07-04-2007, 06:57 PM
S! Mr.Mcintosh and RIP.

BTW, World War 11, can you even imagine...

ytareh
07-04-2007, 06:58 PM
Visited the air gunners museum at Elvington RAF air museum recently.Those guys were something special!

ake109
07-04-2007, 07:48 PM
You think Oleg used him as the default model for bomber AI gunners?

jensenpark
07-04-2007, 11:01 PM
Originally posted by ake109:
You think Oleg used him as the default model for bomber AI gunners?

LOL - good one!

Fox_3
07-05-2007, 06:16 AM
Britsh air gunner kills.

http://aces.safarikovi.org/victories/ww2-commonwealth-gunner.html

Hanglands
07-05-2007, 07:37 AM
Originally posted by J.M.LLOYD:
Mr Mcintosh lost 1007 comrades from his squadron

~S~ and may he rest in peace.

An interesting page there Fox_3, cheers http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

luftluuver
07-05-2007, 08:36 AM
207 Squadron

A Battle squadron at the outbreak of World War 2, it did not become operational for some months; it acted, instead, as a training unit and in April 1940, was absorbed into No. 12 OTU. Then, on 1st November, it was re-formed at Waddington in No. 5 Group, for the express purpose of bringing the new Avro Manchester into operational service.

The squadron took the Manchesters on their first raid of the war on 24/25th February 1941, when six aircraft attacked a Hipper-class cruiser at Brest. A year later, on 12th February 1942, its Manchesters flew on operations against the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, when the German warships dashed in daylight from Brest to North German ports. The Manchesters continually gave trouble in service, mainly because their Vulture engines were unreliable under full load and, by June 1942, No. 207 Squadron, and the six other squadrons similarly equipped, had exchanged their Manchesters for Lancasters.

During the famous low-level raid on Le Creusot on 17th October 1942, one of the 14 Lancasters despatched by the squadron had to turn back on three engines. Soon afterwards it was attacked by three Arado 196 floatplanes. The Lancaster's gunners shot down two of them and damaged the third.

With the Lancaster, No. 207 Squadron ranged as far afield as Italy and Gdynia, Poland. Its raids on enemy territory were sometimes costly and in May 1943, and March 1944, two No. 207 Squadron COs - Wing Commanders TAB Parselle and VJ Wheeler - did not return from raids on Düsseldorf and Frankfurt respectively. On D-Day the squadron's Lancasters attacked Caen in support of the Normandy landings. The squadron's last operational mission, on 25th April 1945, was against the SS Barracks at Berchtesgaden. In its 540 operations in World War 2, the squadron lost 154 crews. Seven DSOs, 115 DFCs and 92 DFMs were won by its members.


There is no definitive record of how many planes he shot down but his biography states it was eight,with one probable. Is it possible that Wallace Mcintosh was the gunner in the Lanc highlighted in bold above?

Fox_3
07-05-2007, 08:50 AM
Originally posted by Hanglands:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by J.M.LLOYD:
Mr Mcintosh lost 1007 comrades from his squadron

~S~ and may he rest in peace.

An interesting page there Fox_3, cheers http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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