Mackie Evan, Wing Commander (DSO, DFC*, DFC(US))

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Evan Mackie
Born: Oct 31 1917
Died: April 1986

Evan Mackie
Evan Mackie was born on October 31 1917 at Waihi, New Zealand. Before joining RNZAF in January 1941 he worked as an electrician.

 

Career Details
He joined 485 Squadron (flying Spitfires) in early 1942 after completing his training. In January 1943 he was posted to the Middle East and joined 243 Squadron in Algeria, becoming a flight commander shortly afterwards. On 7 April claimed two Ju 87 "Stukas" and three days later a Bf 109. In the next four weeks he destroyed another two and shared a third. He was subsequently awarded the DFC.

In June 1943 the squadron moved to Malta and Mackie was promoted to Acting Squadron Leader and given command of the unit. In July 1943 his operational tour was over and he was awarded a Bar to his DFC. In November Mackie took command of 92 Squadron in Italy and, by the time he handed over in February 1944 he had claimed a total of sixteen victories.

 

After a rest period Mackie converted to Tempests and, in mid-December 1944, was attached to 274 Squadron at Volkel in Holland.

On the 24th he shot down a FW 190 which had just downed two Canadian Typhoons over the Malmedy area. In early 1945 Mackie was given command of 80 Squadron at Volkel. He was awarded the DSO in January 1945, promoted to Wing Commander in mid-April and on the 19th he became Wing Leader 122 Wing. He held this appointment until September 1945. Mackie finished the war with 21 victories and one shared, 5 1/2 in Tempest. In addition to his British awards he also held the DFC (US).

 

He returned to New Zealand to become chief inspector with the Tauranga Power Board, and died in Tauranga in April 1986.

 

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When Mackie took command of 80 Sqn in January 1945 he flew NV774. But after damaged it was replaced by W2-A (NV700).

He claimed his last three victories in this aircraft, on March 7 a Fw190D and on April 9 two Arado Ar96s.

 

Mackie's victories in Tempest

Date of Claim

Type Claimed

Aircraft Serial No.

Location of Claim

Unit

24 December 1944

Fw 190

(EJ688)

Eindhoven

274 Sqn

23 January 1945

Bf 109

(EJ740)

Bramsche

80 Sqn

7 March 1945

Fw 190D

W2-A (NV700)

N Rheine

80 Sqn

9 April 1945

2 Arado 96

W2-A (NV700)

Fassbers

80 Sqn

15 April 1945

1/2 Fw 190

(SN189)

SW Uelzen

80 Sqn

 

Mackie's previous victories 

Date of Claim

Type Claimed

Aircraft Flown

Location of Claim

Unit

26 March 1942

1/2 Bf109E

Spitfire VB

5m W Le Havre

485 Sqn

26 April 1942

Fw190 (probably)

Spitfire VB

Mardyk-St Omer

485 Sqn

7 April 1943

2 Ju87

Spitfire VC

near Medjez

243 Sqn

9 April 1943

1/2 Bf109 (damaged)

Spitfire VC

near Medjez

243 Sqn

10 April 1943

Bf109

Spitfire VC

Medjez

243 Sqn

13 April 1943

1/2 Bf109

Spitfire VC

Euston/Tabarka

243 Sqn

16 April 1943

Bf109

Spitfire VC

W Medjez el Bab

243 Sqn

18 April 1943

Fw190 (damaged)

Spitfire VC

SE Teboursouk

243 Sqn

27 April 1943

Bf109

Spitfire VC

E Medjez

243 Sqn

28 April 1943

Bf109

Spitfire VC

Medjez-Pont de Fahs

243 Sqn

8 May 1943

Bf109

Spitfire VC

Cap Bon

243 Sqn

4 July 1943

Bf109

Spitfire VC

Catania

243 Sqn

5 July 1943

Bf109

Spitfire VC

Gerbini

243 Sqn

11 July 1943

MC202 (damaged)

Spitfire VC

S Gerbini

243 Sqn

12 July 1943

MC202 (probably)

Spitfire VC

N Augusta

243 Sqn

13 July 1943

2 Ju 87

Spitfire VC

3m SW Gerbini

243 Sqn

13 July 1943

Ju 87 (damaged)

Spitfire VC

3m SW Gerbini

243 Sqn

13 July 1943

MC2002

Spitfire VC

10/15m N Augusta

243 Sqn

11 Sept 1943

Do 217

Spitfire VC

Salerno/Agropoli

243 Sqn

15 Oct 1943

Bf109 (damaged)

Spitfire VC

Volturno River

243 Sqn

3 Dec 1943

Bf109

Spitfire VIII

Sangro River

92 Sqn

5 Dec 1943

Bf109

Spitfire VIII

Sangro River

92 Sqn

16 Dec 1943

Bf109 (damaged)

Spitfire VIII

Ortona-Orsogna

92 Sqn

27 January 1944

Bf109 (damaged)

Spitfire VIII

Anzio Area

92 Sqn

2 Feb 1944

Fw190

Spitfire VIII

Anzio Area

92 Sqn

 

 

 

 

Image from:
New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum.
Colour plate:
Graham Berry.
Text sources:
Typhoon and Tempest Aces of World War 2 (Chris Thomas)
New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum.
The Typhoon & Tempest Story (Chris Thomas & Christopher Shores)
Spitfire Leader (Max Avery)