Death of another of the Few

One of the oldest of the surviving Battle of Britain veterans has died at the age of 101.

Flt Lt Ronald Mackay was born on 26 June 1917 and flew Spitfires with No 234 Squadron during the Battle in 1940.

Flt Lt Mackay was in the Auxiliary Air Force before the war and was called to full-time service in late August 1939, joining No 603 Squadron as a civilian pupil pilot in September.

After elementary training in Perth, he was commissioned on 23 March 1940 before completing his intermediate and advanced flying training at Lossiemouth.

Flt Lt Mackay joined No 234 Squadron at Middle Wallop on 18 September 1940. Returning from St Eval after a routine sortie on 25 September, he baled out and was seriously injured. His Spitfire, X4182, crashed near St Mawgan.

After being released from the RAF in January 1946, he ran the family travel business in Scotland for many years.

Ron Mackay

5 thoughts on “Death of another of the Few

    Another sad day, to quote Richard Burton ‘The thing about being one of ‘The Few’ is the way we keep getting fewer’ RIP

    RIP Sir and thank you for your service. It’s time to join your colleagues at the mess bar. Fly high Sir.

    another of the dwindling band of The Few, the finest generation has taken flight through richly earned blues skies to the Mess beyond the stars.

    God bless you sir and thank you for all you and all our military have done for us. Now it’s time to reunite with all your colleagues and have a well earned rest and maybe a few drinks. Thank you

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