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Grant S MacDonald - Aircrew Details - Aviation Directory

Grant S MacDonald

Grant S MacDonald

Name : Grant S MacDonald
Died : 13th May 2012

He was Rear Gunner on Lancaster ED918 AJ-F on the Dambusters Raid. The aircraft shot up a train on the way to the target which was the Sorpe dam. The Lancaster successfully dropped its mine and hit the dam, but the solid earthen dam was never breached. Sadly, we have learned that Grant S MacDonald passed away in May 2012.

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No.617 Sqn RAF

Flight Sergeant





Artwork signed by this Pilot or Aircrew

En-Route by Anthony Saunders.

Well on the Way to Make History - the Dambusters by David Pentland. (AP)

GONER 58A - Mohne Dam, Germany, 17th May 1943 by David Pentland. (AP)

Inbound to Target - The Dambusters by Robert Taylor.

The Dambusters by Gerald Coulson. (B)

Homeward Bound by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)

Dambusters - The Impossible Mission by Robert Taylor. (AP)

Dambusters - Breaching the Eder Dam by Robert Taylor. (AP)

Bomb Away! The Third Assault by Robert Taylor.

The Dambusters - Last Moments of the Möhne Dam by Robert Taylor. (AP)

The Dambusters - Three Good Bounces by Robert Taylor. (AP)

Artwork with companion print(s) signed by this Pilot or Aircrew

Breaching the Dams by Nicolas Trudgian. (C)

Artwork featuring the mounted signature of this Pilot or Aircrew

A Wing and a Prayer by Ivan Berryman. (B)

Tragedy at the Eder by Ivan Berryman. (B)

A Lucky Escape by Ivan Berryman. (B)

Tragedy Above Hamm by Ivan Berryman. (B)

Not This Time by Ivan Berryman. (B)

Unmissable Chance by Ivan Berryman. (B)

Bravest of the Brave by Ivan Berryman. (B)

Attack on the Sorpe by Ivan Berryman. (D)

Raining Fire by Ivan Berryman. (B)

The Eder Breaks by Ivan Berryman. (B)

The Dambusters by Ivan Berryman. (B)

Topping Up by David Pentland. (B)

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Grant S MacDonald

Squadrons :
No.617 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
Kenneth William Brown
Harry Basil Feneron
Dudley Percy Heal
Harry J Hewstone
Stefan Oancia
Daniel Allatson
Grant S MacDonald
T V O'Shaughnessy
A D Holding
G A Kendrick
A Ward
Historical Notes :
30-04-1943 - Joined No.617 Sqn with code AJ-F.
16-05-1943 - Took part in the Dambusters Raid. Part of the third wave, the aircraft dropped its mine on the Sorpe dam, but the dam held firm. The gunners had shot up a train en route to the target. The aircraft returned to base safely. Crew : Flight Sergeant Kenneth William Brown (Pilot), Sergeant Harry Basil Feneron (Flight Engineer), Sergeant Dudley Percy Heal (Navigator), Sergeant Harry J Hewstone (Wireless Operator), Sergeant Stefan Oancia (Bomb Aimer), Sergeant Daniel Allatson (Front Gunner), Flight Sergeant Grant S MacDonald (Rear Gunner).
20-01-1944 - Crashed on a training flight. Flight Lieutenant T V O'Shuaghnessy killed, Flying Officer A D Holding killed, Flying Officer G A Kendrick injured, Flying Officer A Ward injured.

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Aircraft for : Grant S MacDonald
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Manufacturer : Avro
Production Began : 1942
Retired : 1963
Number Built : 7377


The Avro Lancaster arose from the avro Manchester and the first prototype Lancaster was a converted Manchester with four engines. The Lancaster was first flown in January 1941, and started operations in March 1942. By March 1945 The Royal Air Force had 56 squadrons of Lancasters with the first squadron equipped being No.44 Squadron. During World War Two the Avro Lancaster flew 156,000 sorties and dropped 618,378 tonnes of bombs between 1942 and 1945. Lancaster Bomberss took part in the devastating round-the-clock raids on Hamburg during Air Marshall Harris' Operation Gomorrah in July 1943. Just 35 Lancasters completed more than 100 successful operations each, and 3,249 were lost in action. The most successful survivor completed 139 operations, and the Lancaster was scrapped after the war in 1947. A few Lancasters were converted into tankers and the two tanker aircraft were joined by another converted Lancaster and were used in the Berlin Airlift, achieving 757 tanker sorties. A famous Lancaster bombing raid was the 1943 mission, codenamed Operation Chastise, to destroy the dams of the Ruhr Valley. The operation was carried out by 617 Squadron in modified Mk IIIs carrying special drum shaped bouncing bombs designed by Barnes Wallis. Also famous was a series of Lancaster attacks using Tallboy bombs against the German battleship Tirpitz, which first disabled and later sank the ship. The Lancaster bomber was the basis of the new Avro Lincoln bomber, initially known as the Lancaster IV and Lancaster V. (Becoming Lincoln B1 and B2 respectively.) Their Lancastrian airliner was also based on the Lancaster but was not very successful. Other developments were the Avro York and the successful Shackleton which continued in airborne early warning service up to 1992.

Squadrons for : Grant S MacDonald
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Grant S MacDonald. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.

No.617 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 23rd March 1943

Apres mois, le deluge - After me, the flood

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No.617 Sqn RAF

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Last edited : 11:47, May 24, 2013
Last editor : kc

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