ONE-ARMED MAC: THE STORY OF SQUADRON LEADER JAMES MACLACHLAN DSO, DFC AND 2 BARS, CZECH WAR CROSS, BASED UPON HIS DIARIES AND LETTERS.

Cull, Brian. & Symons, Roland.


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Grub Street, 1st ed., 2003. 92 pp., photo-plates. D.j, 22 x 14cm. Aviation bookplate; FINE. James MacLachlan was a great Second World War hero. Having lost his arm following combat over Malta, he was fitted with an artificial limb and continued the fight – way beyond the call of duty. He flew Fairey Battle light bombers during the Battle of France, winning his first DFC. He then retrained on fighters and flew Hurricanes towards the end of the Battle of Britain. He led a formation of six Hurricanes from the deck of HMS ARGUS to Malta where he accounted for eight Italian and German aircraft. Shot down by one of the Luftwaffe's top fighter aces, Oblt Joachim Muncheberg, MacLachlan was back in the air just sixteen days after the amputation of his arm. One his return to England, where he was fitted with an artificial arm, Mac was soon given command of No.1 Squadron equipped with Hurricane IICs for night intruder operations. By the end of 1942 he had accounted for five German night bombers and had been awarded the DSO and a Bar to his DFC, plus the Czech Military Cross. Later in operations with the Air Fighting Development Unit, in company with Geoffrey Page, MacLachlan participated in the destruction of six Luftwaffe training aircraft in one single sortie; but, on his next mission, his Mustang was hit by ground fire when crossing the French coast and crash-landed, with Mac critically injured. Taken prisoner, he died in captivity on 31 July 1943. Based on his diaries and letters, this is Mac's story, mainly told in his own words.


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