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The Airmen's Stories - F/Lt. C H MacFie


Colin Hamilton MacFie was born at Cheltenham on 12th June 1920 and attended Junior House of Cheltenham College from 1927 to 1932. He went on to Epsom College then studied architecture at Liverpool School of Architecture.

He joined 611 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force in early 1939. He was called to full-time service with the squadron on 26th August. After completing his training Macfie rejoined 611 at Digby.

Macfie was congratulated by the AOC for carrying out a convoy patrol in extremely poor visibility on 28th February 1940, from which one of the three pilots involved failed to return.



Over Dunkirk on 2nd June Macfie destroyed a Ju87 and on 21st August 1940 he damaged a He111 east of Spurn Head.

Macfie moved to 616 Squadron at Coltishall on 7th September as 'B' Flight Commander, with the rank of Acting Flight Lieutenant. On the 16th he damaged a Ju88.

On 27th March 1941 Macfie damaged a Me110, on 24th April he destroyed a Me109 on the ground and on 19th June he damaged a Me109.

On Circus 33 on 5th July 1941 Macfie was shot down south of Dunkirk in Spitfire IIb P8651 and captured.

He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 8th August 1941), being then credited with two enemy aircraft destroyed and three damaged.

At some time Macfie was in Stalag Luft 3. He was liberated in May 1945.

MacFie commanded No. 1 Squadron from October 1946 to July 1947 and then 3 Squadron until November 1949.

He had married Beatrice Hogg in January 1947 in Chichester.

He retired from the RAF on 18th October 1963 as a Squadron Leader.

He moved to Attadale in Wester Ross and worked on local estates as a gardener.

He died on 7th December 1981.


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