Biography of Richard MacFarlane
Flying Officer Richard MacFarlane was born in Glasgow and attended Hyndland School and the High School of Glasgow. In 1939 he matriculated at the University to study Law.
MacFarlane joined the RAF in 1941 and trained in Miami as a navigator. He served with Coastal Command before being transferred to Bomber Command, where he was engaged on special duties from March 1943 with the famous 617 "Dambusters" Squadron. He took part as Flight Navigator Officer in the audacious raid on the Moehne and Eder Dams, for which his commanding officer Wing-Commander Guy Gibson was awarded the Victoria Cross. He was killed in action on 20 December 1943.
Died 20 December 1943.
University Link: GU Degree: Social Sciences, 1939-41;
Father's Details: Daniel Macfarlane; Company director
War Service: Flying Officer, Royal Air Force
Grave / Memorial: Gosselies Communal Cemetery, Belgium
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Record last updated: 16th Jan 2013