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Harry Deane MacDonald

In memory of:

Flight Lieutenant Harry Deane MacDonald

November 30, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/15467

Age:

24

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

401 Sqdn.

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Flying Cross

and Bar

Additional Information


Son of George Ryerson MacDonald and Violet Isabel MacDonald. Husband of Margaret Elizabeth MacDonald, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 184 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 172.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometres by road west of London. The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:
IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Group Photo– Deane in Spitfire
  • Wedding– Wedding to Margaret Elizabeth Griffiths at Llantwit Major Church Glamorgan Wales
  • Group Photo– Wedding day to Elizabeth Griffiths of Llantwit Major, Wales
  • Photo of Deane MacDonald
  • Photo of HARRY DEANE MACDONALD– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Correspondence– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Notification of Death– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter of Recommendation– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Source:  Globe and Mail, December 6, 1943
  • Photo of Harry MacDonald– Submitted by Operation Picture Me
  • Runnymede Memorial– Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Runnymede Memorial– Stone of Remembrance - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Runnymede Memorial– September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Runnymede Memorial– Panels - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Runnymede Memorial– Entrance - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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