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Marcus Lindsay "Mac" Macinnis, CBE
1914 - 2009

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Supplies from the Australian Comforts Fund arrive at Headquarters, 3 Squadron RAAF.
Identified far left is 03139 Flight Lieutenant Marcus Lindsay "Mac" Macinnis.

Iain Macinnis, the nephew of Marcus 'Mac' Macinnis (the Squadron's Equipment Supply Officer in Egypt, Syria, and the first two Libyan campaigns) has sent us the following description from his uncle's funeral last October:

"Loving husband of Jean (deceased), and a much-respected family elder.  Served with 3 Squadron, RAAF in the Middle East and was sometime Controller of Equipment. His was a fine innings, from a Gentleman-Player. A funeral service was held at Weston Creek Presbyterian Church, A.C.T., on Friday 30 October 2009."

Mac was one of the "Originals" who departed from Richmond for the Middle East in 1940.  His interview has many interesting stories including using his own Lysander aircraft to bring up urgently-needed aircraft spares!

The AWM has photographs of Mac, celebrating the Squadron's 100th victory and checking off supplies in the trackless desert.  (Some of the Squadron's supplies had to be procured from "unofficial" sources and were not necessarily paid for - but Mac kept the top-scoring Desert Squadron on the move!)

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Officers of 3 Squadron RAAF celebrate following the Squadron's 100th kill.
Identified from left are: 3139 Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Marcus Lindsay "Mac" Macinnis; NX12184 Major Alan Binnie, MC; 270447 Flying Officer (FO) Patrick Primrose; 251562 Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Bernard Terry; 251949 Flying Officer (FO) James Charles McLeod; 2170 FO Ronald Ronaldson. Sqn Ldr Terry was later killed by a landmine in the Middle East on 16 November 1942.  Major Binnie died in action as a Lieutenant Colonel (Air Force Liaison Officer) in Beaufort bomber crash in New Guinea on 25 March 1945.
Note FO McLeod is wearing First World War service ribbons.  [AWM 021811]

The AWM also has an extensive interview with Mac on:
     http://www.awm.gov.au/transcripts/kmsa/s00944_tran.htm .

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