Sergeant William McDougall


Sergeant William McDougall, wireless operator and air gunner (mid-upper) was the only son of the McDougalls of 29 Whitefriars Street, Dovecotland, Perth – his father was employed at the Perth abattoir. Sergeant McDougall was brought up in Dundee and was educated at Morgan Academy and the family came to Perth nine years previous.

McDougall served his time as a butcher with William Oake, Gowrie Street, Bridgend, Perth. In May 1939, he started a course to train as a wireless operator with the RAFVR at Perth. He was called up at the outbreak of war.

Avro Manchester L7303 EM-P: Dusseldorf, 27/28 March 1941
Pilot: Flt Lt JOHN ALOYSIUS SIEBERT DFC RAAF

John Siebert, aged 23, was the son of Francis Joseph and Ella Mary Siebert, of Kingswood, South Australia. He was the first Allied airman to be buried in Eindhoven after his 207 Squadron Avro Manchester, based at RAF Waddington, was shot down on the night of 27/28 March 1941. L7303 EM-P was attacking Dusseldorf – the rest of the crew became POWs – 2nd Pilot Peter Robson, Observer George Fomison, W/Op AG Jim Taylor, M/U William McDougall and R/G Peter Gurnell.

Siebert’s Manchester was shot down by Stabs Feldwebel Gerhard Herzog of NachtJagdGeschwader 1 flying a Messerschmitt Me-110. Herzog himself was killed in action on 20 October 1943 having shot down between 9 and 12 aircraft.

Sergeant William McDougall, Perthshire Advertiser, 16 April 1941