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Lawrence McMillan

In memory of:

Flight Lieutenant Lawrence McMillan

May 9, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

J/10231

Age:

23

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

400 Sqdn.

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Flying Cross

Additional Information


Son of Frederick and Mary Alice McMillan, of Miami, Manitoba.

Commemorated on Page 544 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 278.

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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  • Photo of Lawrance McMillan– This picture of McMillan is taken from his Pers file in the Archives at Ottawa.  His bare uniform and lack of stripes make this an intake photo.

Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Group photo– This is a picture of a pilots from Squadron 542 taken in May 1943 (place unknown).  Lawrence McMillan was called Lorne by his family.
  • Medal– Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Medal– Air Medal (United States)
  • Newspaper Clipping– Newspaper clipping sent to me about the incident.  Danish researchers are still searching for information about this RCAF officer.  They want to ensure he is never forgotten.

Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Attestation Papers– This is the first page of McMillan's entry document.  He lists himself and his father as farmers.  Notice that the father and mother were both born in Ontario.

Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Document– Page 2
Here McMillan lists his flying experience as none.  In three years he will be flying photo recce flights over Europe in an unarmed Spitfire.  It was signed 21 Oct 1940.

Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Document– Page 3
On December 4, 1940 the RCAF takes on Lawrance McMillan for 'general duties'.  

Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Document– Before D Day, the RCAF sent McMillan back to Canada for a rest after he had completed his Tour.  He was unhappy about being sent home before the invasion. The document refers to his anxiety to return.  McMillan did six months in Canada.  This paper shows all of his duty postings.

Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Service record– F/L McMillans Record of Service (Officer) from the RCAF.  Note the writing in red ink along the bottom right hand side.  they already knew McMillan was dead from the After Action Report of his wingman.

Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Service Record– This document shows that McMillan returned to the UK for duty as soon as his repatriation posting would allow.  He was back at the unit by Mar 29 of 1945.
His Distiquished Flying Cross and Air Force Medal (US) are written across the to of this file.

Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Document– General Information Sheet  page 1
This sheet shows the Air Medal given McMillan by the President of the United States for services to the USAAF, on the left side under 'decorations'.
Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Document– General Information Sheet  page 2
Here are comments by McMillans superiors about his ability.
  • Letter– This is the Circumstantial Report made by F/L P.G. Wigle of 400 Sqdn about the incident that cost F/L McMillan his life.  Note how detailed the description is, down to the colour of the eney uniforms and the Nazi flags flying on the ships.  This incident was observed from Denmark and report in the local papers.(See other document)

Source: Whitehouse via Archives Canada
  • Inscription– Lorne's name on Panel 278 at Runnymede Memorial near Surrey, UK.
  • Memorial– Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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