Service Number: NZ1515
RNZAF Trade: Education Officer
Date of Enlistment: 1942
Rank Achieved: Flying Officer
Flying Hours: Nil
Operational Sorties: Nil
Date of Birth: 18th of May 1925
Personal Details: Donald MacKenzie was a school teacher, and he was gazetted as being placed on the New Zealand Teachers Register in 1940. After leaving the RNZAF in 1944 he took a job teaching at Cambridge District High School.
At the time of his sudden death in 1961 he was a senior agricultural instructor at the South Auckland Education Board, and was the Chairman of the committee of management for Cambridge High School.
He had a wife Dorothy, and two daughters, Fione and Barbara. The family had lived at 64 Clare Street, Cambridge, where Donald died.
Service Details: Donald received his Commission as a Flying Officer in the Education Branch of the RNZAF on the 9th of May 1942.
He was placed onto the Reserve on the 17th of May 1944, and he relinquished his Commission on the 8th of December 1944, by which time he was working in Cambridge.
Date of Death: 21st of March 1961, aged
Buried: Hautapu Cemetery, Cambridge
Connection with Cambridge: Donald lived and worked in Cambridge during the latter years of World War Two. It's possible he may have had an earlier connection with the town prior to his RNZAF service too.
Thanks To: Errol Martyn and the Cambridge Museum for information on this airman.