Lest We Forget

1939 - 1945

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

McGregor, Francis

Rank
Flight Sergeant, RAF, 70 Squadron
Service Number
551853
Born
29 August 1921 at North Queensferry
Parents
Francis McGregor, quarryman and Annie Dick Bald (McGregor), 1 Pierhead Buildings, North Queensferry.
Date of death
11 February 1942 (Aged 20)
Grave
Has no known grave
Other Memorials
Column 250, Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Other Information

Francis was baptised on 3 December 1922 in the United Free Church, North Queensferry on the same day as his brother Walter, who was a year older.

His parents had another son (Robert) in 1917, at which time his father had been a Sapper in the Royal Engineers.

They subsequently had a daughter (Helen) in 1924 at which time they lived in Main Street.

70 Squadron was based in North Africa and operated Wellington bombers in support of 8th Army in the deserts of Egypt and Libya.

Francis was the wireless operator in Wellington Z1166, DU-O “Oscar” which took off on the night of 9/10 February 1942 from LG142 (Gambut 2, about half way between Tobruk and Sallum, Libya) to bomb a German airfield at Matruba, Libya (south of Derna and west of Tobruk).

The aircraft was listed as 'missing' and apparently no trace was ever found.

His younger brother George McGregor is mentioned below (but is not on the Memorial).


Sources

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

North Queensferry Free Church Baptismal Roll

National Archives. 70 Squadron Record. 70 Squadron Summary


Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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