DFC & Bar, USAF Air Medal (Korea).
Canadian Fighter Pilot Gets Biggest Bag of Huns
A Canadian Spitfire Squadron attached to the Royal Air Force 2nd Tactical group is credited
with almost half of the of the 94 plus German aircraft destroyed on New Years Day. It was later
revived to show that 36 enemy aircraft were destroyed and a further 6 to 8 fell to Canadian sharpshooters.
Flying Officer MacKay got his last two when two enemy aircraft dived towards the ground
with the Canadian J. MacKay hot on their tail; they lost control and crashed into the ground.
Born in Winnipeg Manitoba in 1920.
Enlisted in Toronto 1941 Age 21.
Graduated and commissioned in July 1943.
Posted to RCAF (RAF) UK late 1943.
Served with No.401 Squadron until April 1945.
Served in postwar RCAF.
Rose to Wing Commander.
Seconded to Allied force Korea; flew Sabre Jets March 1953 to July 1953.
Destroyed a MIG-15 and damaged others.
Was awarded the USAF Air Medal.
He is also credited during WW2 with shooting down Germany’s first jet fighter the ME 262.
During his long career he has been awarded the Air Force Cross, DFC & Bar, France and Germany
Star, Canadian Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-1945, Korea Medal, United Nations Korea Medal,
USAF Air Medal, Canadian Volunteer Medal.
“He has displayed greatest keenness and has been responsible for the destruction of many enemy
aircraft and also much German ground equipment. He is a highly skilled and fearless fighter, whose
devotion to duty has been outstanding”.
During his career he flew over 300 sorties against enemy threats and flew many aircraft including
Sabre, Tiger Moth, Spitfire, CF100, Lightning, Hunters, Mitchell, Meteor, Vampire.
For additional details see H.A Halliday’s “ The Tumbling Sky”.
John MacKay DFC & Bar passed away September 2013.
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