In memory of

Leading Aircraftman

William Claude Macdonald

who died on 8 Jul 1942

Service details
  Conflict WWII
  Service RCAF
  Unit No. 15 Service Flying Training School, Royal Canadian Air Force
  Rank Leading Aircraftman
  Service number 12176A
  Date of death 19420708
  Cause of death died in a training accident
Narrative history
  12176A Leading Aircraftman (RCAF pilot) (William) Claude Macdonald (b.1910) of Regina died 19420708 and is buried in the soldiers' plot at Regina cemetery. Macdonald died in a Cessna Crane collision over Carmangay, Alberta, while practicing formation flying out of No. 15 Service Flying Training School, Claresholm. He was the son of Walter Paton Claude and Margaret G. Macdonald who homesteaded NE21-13-2-W2 in the Poplar Grove district. Claude was born at Wapella and moved to Regina at the age of 14; he graduated from Central collegaite and was employed as an office worker by British American Oil Co. when he enlisted on the outbreak of the war.

Macdonald is one of 22 members of First Presbyterian congregation to be commemorated on a stained glass window in the church, and to have their stories told in David G. Marshall, Stained Glass Name: A Dedication of Remembrance, published by the church in 2002.
       A Glossary of abbreviations to help understand the terms used is available.
Stained Glass Name, courtesy 1st Presbyterian church
Stained Glass Name, courtesy 1st Presbyterian church
Stained Glass Name, courtesy 1st Presbyterian church
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Memorial information
  Saskatchewan rural municipality for commemoration 159 - Sherwood
  Cemetery or memorial location Regina cemetery    

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  Honour roll location(s) Regina
  Geo-memorial MacDonald River, Saskatchewan     
  Geo-memorial location 59.6833°N / 108.0667°W
  Geo-memorial NTS map reference 74N9
  Geo-memorial details Flows east to Alces Lake. The evidence suggests that the name should be Macdonald River.
Personal information
  Date of birth 19100222
  Place of birth Wapella    (Please click here for map.)
  Date of enlistment 19390907
  Place of enlistment Regina    (Please click here for map.)
  Residence on enlistment Regina    (Please click here for map.)
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