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Arnot, Donald MacKenzie

Date of birth:
1918 (Toronto/Ontario, Canada)
Date of death:
January 21st, 1944
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Cemetery Berlin
Plot: 2. Row: K. Grave: 10.
Service number:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)


Donald Arnot and his crew were shot down by a night fighter on the return flight from a large bombing raid on Magdeburg.
Captain Arnot gave the command to abandon the aircraft. Tragically, before the crew could bale out, the aircraft exploded in mid air killing all on board except for P/O. Thom who was blown clear and captured near Köthen, spending the remainder of the war as a PoW.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Acting Flight Lieutenant
No. 427 (Lion) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Awarded on:
January 18th, 1944
"Flight Lieutenant Arnot has successfully completed a large number of bombing sorties against some of the strongest defended targets in Germany. This officer has always shown great keenness and determination on all of these attacks and his devotion to duty has been an inspiration and an example to his crew and squadron."

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)