Flight Lieutenant Gordon Warren MacDonnell

Service number 101520
Birth Date 29 April 1914
Birth Place Australia: Queensland, North Queensland, Cairns
Death Date 16 January 1944
Death Place Greece
Final Rank Flight Lieutenant
Places
Conflict/Operation Second World War, 1939-1945
Description

Flight Lieutenant Gordon Warren MacDonnell travelled from Queensland to the United Kingdom in June 1940, to enlist in the Royal Air Force. As he had previous civil aviation experience, he was selected to become a flight instructor. Flight Lieutenant MacDonnell later joined 603 ‘City of Edinburgh’ Squadron, and served with this unit in Egypt, Libya, and Italy. On 16 January 1944, Flight Lieutenant MacDonnell’s plane was shot down near the coast of Turkey. He was presumed to have died shortly thereafter, as his body was washed ashore and buried by locals on the Greek island of Lesbos on 13 February 1944. Flight Lieutenant MacDonnell is now buried at Phaeron War Cemetery, Greece, and commemorated on the Commemorative Roll at the Australian War Memorial. Flight Lieutenant MacDonnell’s twin brother, QX19120 Lieutenant Desmond King MacDonnell, served with 2/31 Australian Infantry Battalion. He died of wounds in Papua on the Kokoda Trail on 14 September 1942.

Rolls

  • Commemorative Roll:

    Unit
    No. 603 'City of Edinburgh' Squadron (RAF)
    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Rank
    Flight Lieutenant

Timeline

Date of birth 29 April 1914
Date of death 16 January 1944