Associated People: MacLean, Mr Donald Archibald, Kenovay (1890 - 1981)

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2020.1.88

Collection of around 45 letters of condolence written to the family of Charles McLean (1917-1941). Charles was the son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay and Linlithgow. An RAF Pilot Officer with 3 and 217 Squadrons, he went missing in action over the English Channel in November 1941. The letters provide an insight into the trauma of losing a loved one to active service at that time. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

A selection of the letters will be digitised and uploaded soon.

2020.1.87

Collection of around 20 personal letters written to Charles McLean (1917-1941), from his family and friends during WWII. Charles was the son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay and Linlithgow. An RAF Pilot Officer with 3 and 217 Squadrons, he went missing in action over the English Channel in November 1941. The letters provide an insight into the life and emotions of family and friends of personnel in active service at that time. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

A selection of the letters will be digitised and uploaded soon.

2020.1.86

Collection of around 35 personal letters written by Charles McLean (1917-1941), to his family and friends during WWII. Charles was the son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay and Linlithgow. An RAF Pilot Officer with 3 and 217 Squadrons, he went missing in action over the English Channel in November 1941. The letters provide an insight into the life and emotions of a young RAF recruit at that time. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

A selection of the letters will be digitised and uploaded soon.

2020.1.85

Around 100 black and white photographs from a large red album titled ‘The Life and Times of Charles McLean’, collected and perserved by his family. Charles (1917-1941) was the son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay and Linlithgow. An RAF Pilot Officer, he went missing in action over the English Channel during WWII. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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2020.1.82

Official letter from Buckingham Palace during WWII, conveying the condolences of King George and Queen Mary to Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay and Linlithgow, on the death of his son Charles McLean, who went missing in action over the English Channel in 1941. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

2020.1.81

Official note that accompanied post-humous war medals awarded to Charles McLean (1917-1941), sent to his father Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay & Linlithgow. Charles went missing in action over the English Channel during WWII, while serving as a Pilot Officer with the RAF. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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2020.1.80

Documents relating to the 1939-1945 Roll of Honour, and Air Forces Memorial at Cooper’s Hill, Runnymede, posted to Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay & Linlithgow, in 1951-1960. Donald’s son, Charles McLean, went missing in action over the English Channel during WWII, while serving as a Pilot Officer with the RAF, and is named on the Runnymede memorial. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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2020.1.79

Original Will of Charles McLean (1917-1941), son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay, dated 16 December 1942, 13 months after Charles went missing in action over the English Channel, while serving as a Pilot Officer with the RAF. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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2020.1.78

Handwritten copy of the official ‘Notification of Death’ for Charles McLean (1917-1941), son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay, dated at the Air Ministry 17 September 1942, 10 months after Charles went missing in action over the English Channel, while serving as a Pilot Officer with the RAF during WWII. His body was never recovered. The note states  “Original to Alister 24/9/68”, Alister being Donald Archibald McLean’s brother. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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2020.1.70

Large, annotated, black & white photograph of the personnel of D. Flight, RAF No. 3 Squadron, April 1940. Signed by all members of the crew, including Pilot Officer Charles McLean (1917-1941), son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay.  80% of those pictured perished during WWII. Their surnames are written on the back of the photo. Charles (2nd row from back, 3rd from left) went missing in action over the English Channel in November 1941. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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