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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. A N MacGregor


Alexander Noel MacGregor was born on 25th December 1913 in Inverness, Scotland.

He joined 602 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force on 12th January 1936 as a trainee air gunner. He transferred to the RAFVR on 29th September 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot and began flying training at 12 E&RFTS Prestwick.

Called to full-time service at the outbreak of war MacGregor, now fully trained, was posted to 4 AOS West Freugh as a staff pilot.




He went to 7 OTU Hawarden on 2nd September 1940, converted to Spitfires, joined 266 Squadron at Wittering on the 16th and then moved to 19 Squadron at Duxford on the 28th. On 29th October he made a forced-landing at Rochford, having run out of fuel.

MacGregor was posted away to 46 Squadron at Sherburn-in-Elmet on 5th May 1941. Later in the month the squadron pilots and aircraft sailed in HMS Argus for Gibraltar, where they transferred to the Ark Royal and sailed into the Mediterranean. They flew off to Malta on 6th June 1941.

MacGregor damaged a SM79 on the 11th. 46 Squadron was renumbered 126 Squadron at Ta Kali on 15th July. MacGregor probably destroyed a Mc200 on 19th August, another on the 26th, another on 4th September and damaged a Mc202 on 22nd November.

He was wounded in the foot on 23rd December and made a forced-landing in Hurricane Z5118.

McGregor was commissioned in October 1941. He destroyed a Ju88 on 11th February 1942. He was posted away from 126 in March and went to 33 FIS at Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, for an instructors course, after which he instructed at 28 EFTS Mount Hampden.

On 19th February 1944 MacGregor sailed from Durban to the UK. He was posted to 1 TEU Tealing to convert to Typhoons. He then went to GSU Cranfield on 22nd May and then to 3 TEU Aston Down on 14th August.

MacGregor was posted to the Middle East in late November 1944 and was in various units before returning to the UK on 2nd September 1945.

He was released later in the year as a Flight Lieutenant. MacGregor rejoined the RAFVR and instructed at 18 RFS Fair Oaks and later 11 RFS Perth until 30th October 1952.

He died on 8th April 1995 in Elginshire, Scotland and is buried at Inverness.

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