MacLeod mystery

De vraag kwam bij ons binnen waarom J.M. MacLeod als Pilot Officer (P/O) beschreven, terwijl de bronnen hem aanduiden als Sergeant?
Ja dan krab je wel even met de handen in het haar…maar het is toch gelukt dit op te lossen.
In de Operation Register Books (ORB) lezen we dat bij de vlucht van 24/25 april Sgt. J.M. MacLeod deelneemt als bommenrichter (Bomb Aimer). Inderdaad…Sergeant…

Na enig speurwerk komen we te weten dat Sergeant een rang is binnen de RAF als “non-commissioned officer” en Pilot Officer de laagste rang als “commissioned officer”. Navraag leerde dat het gebruikelijk was binnen de RAF en ook de RCAF, waartoe J.M. MacLeod behoorde, om postuum een hogere rang te geven.

Zo komt het dus dat Sgt J.M. MacLeod na zijn dood P/O J.M. MacLeod werd.

We received the following question: Why do you publish a photo of Sergeant. J.M. MacLeod while he is commemorated as Pilot Officer (P/O)?
Well, a bloody good question…but we managed to solve it.
In the Operation Register Book (ORB) of 24/25 april, his last flight, J.M. MacLeod is written as Sgt. J.M. MacLeod on the mission as Bomb Aimer. (BA). Indeed…Sergeant.

After some research we came to the following: Sergeant is a rank as “Non Commissioned Officer” and Pilot Officer is the lowest rank as “Commissioned Officer”. Also it was common, in the RAF and RCAF, to which J.M. MacLeod belonged, that, crewmembers were “promoted” after a crash.

So became Sgt. J.M. MacLeod, P/O J.M. MacLeod

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  1. Glad you solved the puzzle.

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