James Hugh " Black Mac" McCaw (RNZAF no. 414311) was born in Oamaru, New Zealand, in 1919 and grew up on the family farm in the Hakataramea Valley. He completed his Dip Ag at Lincoln and joined the Air Force, training at Taieri in September 1941. He spent time in Wigram and deployed in May 1942..

He joined No. 486 Squadron in August 1942, flying Hurricanes, Typhoons and finally Tempests. He stayed with the unit until August 1944. He was promoted flight commander in January 1944, achieving considerable success against V-1s during the summer. He was awarded a DFC on 8 August 1944 and was then posted to Napiers as a test pilot, subsequently receiving promotion to Squadron Leader.

After the war Jim returned to farming in the Hakataramea, married local girl Cathy Trotter, with whom he fathered a gliding dynasty. Jim and Cathy eventually retired to Wanaka where Jim was actively involved with the Fighter Pilots Museum.

He died on 16 December 1996.













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McCaw's victories in Tempest


Date of Claim Type Claimed Aircraft Serial No. Location of Claim Unit
19 June 1944 V-1 SA-V (JN770) 10 m NW Dungeness 486 Sqn
20 June 1944 1/2 V-1 SA-Y (JN758) N Hastings 486 Sqn
22 June 1944 V-1 SA-Y (JN758) Hastings-Eastbourne 486 Sqn
22 June 1944 V-1 SA-N (JN808) Hastings-Rye 486 Sqn
22 June 1944 V-1 SA-H (JN821) 4-5 m N Newchurch 486 Sqn
26 June 1944 V-1 SA-Y (JN758) Dungeness 486 Sqn
8 July 1944 V-1 SA-Y (JN758) Ashford/Maidstone 486 Sqn
8 July 1944 2 V-1 SA-Y (JN758) N West Malling 486 Sqn
8 July 1944 V-1 SA-Y (JN758) Biggin Hill 486 Sqn
11 July 1944 V-1 SA-X (EJ523) 6 m N Bexhill 486 Sqn
12 July 1944 V-1 SA-V (JN770) 6 m S Maidstone 486 Sqn
14 July 1944 2 V-1s SA-Y (JN758) 10 & 12 m N Bexhill 486 Sqn
15 July 1944 V-1 SA-Z (JN860) Ashford 486 Sqn
21 July 1944 V-1 SA-Y (JN758) Rye 486 Sqn
26 July 1944 V-1 SA-V (JN770) 2 m N Bexhill 486 Sqn
27 July 1944 V-1 SA-V (JN770) Hastings-Bexhill 486 Sqn
27 Jluy 1944 V-1 SA-X (EJ523) Ashford 486 Sqn
30 July 1944 V-1 SA-X (EJ523) 3-4 m NW Mayfield 486 Sqn



Aces High Vol 2 by Christopher Shores





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