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Hi everyone, I'm hoping someone can give me some biographical info on Wing Commander D. McIntosh, RAF. He commanded 420 Squadron ( RCAF) , and took my Dad and his crew on their first flight upon their arrival at Tholthorpe in Feb of 44. They did circuits and landings in a Halifax III, with McIntosh in the pilot's seat. Sounds like he was a "hands on" commander, I'd like to find out more about him. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks, Clint. 



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Clint,

Dan McIntosh, DFC (also awarded an American DFC).

A Canadian in the RAF. Hailed from Regina.

Dave

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Hi Clint/Dave,

A photo of W/C McIntosh can be seen at the link below.

http://www.6bombergroup.ca/420COs/pages/McIntosh.html

 

Regards,

Mike H

 

 



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Thanks gentlemen! I was able to find a brief biography of him once I knew his first name. The RCAF Association website has him listed under Flying Officer Mcintosh.

Quite a career !



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Clint,

Here's the whole entry on him, courtesy of Hugh Halliday's Honours and Awards database. The RCAF site could do with an overhaul.

Dave

McINTOSH, F/O Daniel (42511) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - awarded as per London Gazette dated 22 August 1941. Born in Regina, 12 August 1916; educated there and father living there.  Clerk in that city, 1936-1939.  Militia machine gunner, January to December 1936 (12 Canadian Machine Gun Company).  Built model airplanes.  Served as a rigger in RCAF Auxiliary (No.120 Squadron), 21 January 1937 to 19 May 1939; attended 66 drill parades, 46 instructional parades, 14 days of annual camp (Dundurn, 4 July to 17 July 1938), and overall was credited with 51 days of training.  Enlisted in RAF, 26 June 1939 (pupil pilot to 18 August 1939;  granted six-year short service commission 19 August 1939 as Acting Pilot Officer on Probation; graded as Pilot Officer on Probation, 18 February 1940; confirmed as Pilot Officer, 26 June 1940; promoted to Flying Officer, 18 February 1941; to Flight Lieutenant, 18 February 1942; Acting Squadron Leader, 1 June 1942 (confirmed in rank, 12 July 1943); Acting Wing Commander, 12 April 1943. Flew with No.9 Squadron, 29 October 1940 to 20 May 1941 (but in application for RCAF Operational Badge he gave first tour as 29 October 1940 to 21 April 1941 - possible the date of his last sortie; claimed 28 sorties, 167 hours 50 minutes); with No.11 OTU on instructional duties, 22 May 1941 to 22 February 1943.  To No.420 Squadron (tour from 21 February 1943 to 12 April 1944 - 20 sorties. 124 hours 30 minutes).  Attached to No.1535 Beam Approach Training Flight, course lasting 21 March to 27 March 1943 (Oxford I aircraft) and to No.1659 Conversion Unit, 9 December 1943 to 9 January 1944. Attached to No.6 Group Headquarters, 6-12 April 1944.  Promoted to Squadron Leader, 12 July 1943; to Wing Commander, 29 December 1944.  Form dated 19 December 1944 stated he had flown 292 operational hours and 702 non-operational hours.  Form dated 31 August 1945 reported he had flown 292 hours ten minutes on operations (48 sorties) and 707 hours 50 minutes non-operational.  Flying hours as follows: Anson (70 hours 35 minutes), Oxford (59 hours 40 minutes), Wellington (753 hours 35 minutes), Halifax III (66 hours ten minutes), Tiger Moth (50 hours).  This same form claimed an American DFC (this also appears on his Transferred to RCAF, 19 December 1944 (C89526) and taken on strength of RCAF Overseas Headquarters.  Attached to 9th Air Force, USAAF, 15 January to 31 July 1945. For repatriation to Canada, 30 August 1945, arriving at No.1 Repatriation Depot, 5 September 1945.  With No.2 Air Command, Winnipeg, 13 September to 21 October 1945; No.2 FTS, Yorkton, 21 October to 4 December 1945; Station Trenton, 5 December 1945 to 15 February 1946; RCAF Staff College, Toronto, 15 February to 30 July 1946; assessed as "unable to meet service requirements", he was sent on retirement leave, 8 August 1946 and struck off strength 14 September 1946.  Died in Regina, 13 May 1965.  RCAF photo PL-18387 (ex UK-5487 dated 28 September) shows him as a Squadron Leader with No.420 Squadron, North Africa.  RCAF photo PL-28661 (ex UK-9655 dated 17 April 1944) describes him as having recently commanded the Snowy Owl squadron.    Photo PL-28662 (ex UK-9656) shows F/L D.D. Dall (Calgary, described as one of the earliest members of the squadron, chatting with W/C Dan McIntosh, DFC. RCAF photo PL-33056 (ex UK-15447 dated 29 September 1944) show three officers checking returns from a daylight raid  - W/C Dan McIntosh  (CAN/RAF, Regina, operations controller, sitting behind a battery of telephones, S/L Lawrence MacKinnon, DSO, DFC (Ponoka, Alberta, assistant controller) and F/O Harry Spence (Toronto, flying control).  No citation other than "for gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations."  Air Ministry Bulletin 4812 refers.  Public Record Office Air 2/8899 has a citation drafted when he had flown 28 sorties (165 operational hours):

 

This officer has displayed consistent enthusiasm and determination in operations against the enemy. On one occasion when returning from a bombing operation on Cologne, severe icing conditions caused port engine to fail and partial loss of flying controls. Although aircraft lost height from 17,000 feet to 3,000 feet Flying Officer McIntosh, by his fine display of airmanship and leadership was able to maintain height and get the defective engine started again. His skill, confidence and cheerfulness have inspired his crew at all times.

 

 



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He was my grandpa!



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Thank you for sharing this information with us.



-- Edited by JamesWilliam13 on Friday 19th of November 2021 04:54:18 AM

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