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The Airmen's Stories - P/O J B McColl

 

John Brian McColl of Waterdown, Ontario, Canada arrived in Britain probably in September 1940 and went to 112 (RCAF) Squadron, which served as a reserve unit to supply Canadian pilots to other squadrons.

 

 

On 21st September 1940 McColl and eight other Canadian officers arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge. After converting to Hurricanes, McColl joined 615 Squadron at Prestwick on 5th October. He and other new pilots were posted to 607 Squadron at Tangmere on the 9th.


McColl moved to 73 Squadron on 5th November 1940 and went with it to the Middle East soon afterwards. On 4th February 1941 he shot down a Caproni 133. He was posted back to the UK on 31st March 1941. He joined 401 (RCAF) Squadron on 28th June and moved to 403 (RCAF) Squadron on 12th November 1941.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented until 28th September 1944 when he was serving with 416 RCAF Squadron and damaged a Me262 near Nijmegen.

McColl was released from the RCAF Reserve on 26th February 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

 

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