Search to find relatives of Alexander MacPherson of the RAF

A call has been made for relatives of an East Renfrewshire war hero to come forward.

Flight Lieutenant Alexander MacPherson was only 24 when he died during a bombing raid on Berlin in 1943, along with five members of his crew.

His name appears on the Giffnock War Memorial.

Only one crew member survived the accident and the others, including Alexander, are buried in a cemetery in the German capital.

Although Alexander was born in Edinburgh, his father was from Clarkston.

It is believed that they returned there after the death of his mother in 1927.

Volunteer RAF Archivist Brenda Kelly, 68, tries to find out more about Alexander and the rest of his crew.

She works for the former RAF Bomber Command, tracking the relatives of airmen who served or were killed in action.

Brenda would like to invite some of Alexander’s parents to one of the memorial events that take place regularly.

She told the Barrhead News: “We know he was the son of Alexander Nevin MacPherson, who was from Clarkston, and Marion Dewar, who was from Edinburgh.

“His mother died in 1927 in Edinburgh, aged 36, from complications in childbirth. The little boy died shortly afterwards.

“The parents do not appear to have had any other children during their 10 years of marriage.”

Brenda said Alexander’s father had a daughter with his first wife, who died in 1915, and then two sons with another wife after Marion’s death.

She added: “Alexander was killed in action on August 24, 1943, near Berlin, and is remembered by the Giffnock War Memorial and the Commonwealth Graves Commission.”

Having worked as a clerk after leaving school, Alexander joined the RAF in 1939 and quickly rose through the ranks as an accomplished navigator and bombsitter.

In 1941 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM) for his bravery after rescuing colleagues when their Wellington bomber crashed after landing in England following their last mission.

By then, Alexander had taken part in 27 successful operations. At the time of his death, he had completed 55.

At the time, most airmen did not survive 15.

Brenda, who served in the RAF for five years, knows Alexander was based in Cambridgeshire with No. 83 Squadron at the time of his death.

If you have any information about Alexander, email [email protected]

Brandon D. James