Wing Commander (Pilot)MALCOLM, HUGH GORDON

Service Number 33322

Died 04/12/1942

Aged 26

18 Sqdn.
Royal Air Force

V C, Mentioned in Despatches

Son of Kenneth Sinclair Malcolm and Marjorie Malcolm; husband of Helen Catherine Malcolm (nee Don Swan) of Worth, Sussex.

Citation

The citation in the London Gazette of 28th April, 1943 gives the following details

On 17th November, 1942, Wing-Comdr. Malcolm was ordered to carry out with his light bomber squadron a low-level formation attack on Bizerta airfield. In spite of fierce opposition, all the squadron's bombs were dropped on the airfield. Two enemy machines were shot down and others damaged on the ground. On 28th November, 1942, he again led his squadron against Bizerta airfield and though it was heavily defended he successfully attacked it with bombs and machine-gun fire. On 4th December, 1942, Wing-Comdr. Malcolm, while giving close support to the First Army, received an urgent request to attack an enemy fighter airfield. The attack, made without fighter escort, was successful, but the squadron was intercepted by an overwhelming force of enemy fighters. Although Wing-Comdr. Malcolm fought back the aircraft in his formation were shot down one by one, in the end his own machine was shot down in flames. Throughout his service in command of a light bomber squadron in North Africa Wing-Comdr. Malcolm's leadership, skill and daring were of the highest order. His last exploit was the finest example of the valour and unswerving devotion to duty which he constantly displayed.

Buried at BEJA WAR CEMETERY

Location: Tunisia
Number of casualties: 309

Cemetery/memorial reference: Coll. grave 2. E. 6.

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Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.