Rank & Name: W/O C1 Vaughn Albert McLellan RCAF
Date of Death: 19/06/1944


When you walk through Moncton’s peaceful old west end today, you can hardly imagine the tragedies people on West Street faced in the horrible summers of 1943 and ‘44. Vaughn Bertram MacLellan and Eleanor Woods MacLellan, who lived at 60 West Street, first lost their airman son William Robert on August 10, 1943. They then lost their airman son Vaughn Albert on June 19, 1944.

The MacLellans lived at 60 West Street, just across from Emily Beers at 67 West. Mrs. Beers, widow of a railway conductor killed in a train collision at Acadieville years before, lost her airman son Kenneth just a month after her friends and neighbours the MacLellans received the most dreaded of telegrams for the second time.

Vaughn MacLellan was a crew member aboard a Liberator aircraft on anti-submarine patrol when he was killed. The aircraft flew into high ground obscured by clouds at Glengad Head, County Donegal, Ireland. He was a wireless operator air gunner in No. 59 Squadron RAF when he died at age 22. His funeral was held in Ballykelly parish church, in Londonderry County, Northern Ireland. He is buried in the churchyard there.

Vaughn MacLellan graduated from Moncton High School in 1940 and enlisted in November of that year. He received his wings at No. 3 Wireless School in Winnipeg and went overseas in February of 1941, where he flew with Coastal Command until his death. A brother, Donald, and a sister, Audrey were both at home. His mother Eleanor was the Silver Cross Mother one year at the Remembrance Day service.

Source: "Lest We Forget",
Moncton Times & Transcript,
November 8, 2001



Further Information

Remembered in the RCAF Second World War Book of Remembrance (www.vac-acc.gc.ca)

Rest In Peace