M.75 Flight Captain  John Michie 

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 b. 21 Oct 1914, Renfrew  13 May 1940 to 10 Aug 1943 

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Father: Maj. David Kinloch Michie DSO, OBE, DL, JP, Provost of Renfrew [d. 1949], Mother Jane Lumsden [Walker]

[His ancestor, also Donald Kinloch Michie, was indicted in 1845 for 'wickedly and feloniously, and willfully, maliciously, and unlawfully" shooting at 4 people, "whereby they were wounded severely in the face, side, arms, and various parts of their bodies." He ran away, was caught, convicted and sent to be 'transported beyond seas for seven years." Not strictly relevant, I know...]

Ed. High School, Glasgow and then M.A. Course, majoring in geography and meteorology (see later)


prev. A Civil and Mechanical Engineer

Lieutenant, Highland Light Infantry from May 1935 to Aug 1939

Address in 1940: Deanside House, Renfrew

Postings: 4FPP, 14FPP, 16FPP, 4aFPP

He was demoted from First Officer to Second Officer for 4 months from 20 May 1941, "to be re-instated subject to a favourable report from his C.O."

I'm not sure entirely what happened; the record says "Allegations concerning weather met. reports not proved by Court of Enquiry." It sounds like he made some critical comments, (based on his prior knowledge, presumably), which were not found to be correct.

In any case, his C.O. at 4 FPP (Frank Ashton White) reported in October 1941 that "After demotion to 2nd Officer, he has shown the right spirit and is an excellent pilot. Reinstated to 1st Officer after 4 months."

Off sick from 14 Sep to 29 Oct 1942 with bronchial pneumonia, but 'made a good recovery'

Class V ( Halifax, Liberator, Stirling and Fortress) pilot.

Contract Terminated 11 Aug 1943

Post-WWII, Projects Manager for British Eagle International Airways until its demise in 1968.

d. 14 Apr 1988  - Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire

 "Captain John Michie had a long and distinguished career in civil aviation during which his skill, knowledge and unfailing courtesy and humour have enriched the lives and experience of all he came in contact with. His many friends in aviation will long remember him." Flight 

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