McMullan MID, Malcolm Morgan (No. 21092)

McMullan, Malcolm Morgan (Malcolm)

Mentioned in Despatches

Wing Commander

No. 21092, Royal Air Force

Killed in an aircraft accident on Friday 17 July 1942 (aged 38)

Buried:

Hawarden Cemetery, Flintshire, Wales (Section 4G Grave 24)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI)

Family grave headstone in Greyabbey New Cemetery

BIOGRAPHY

Malcolm Morgan McMullan was born in Belfast on 24 January 1904, and he was a son of William John McMullan and Alice McMullan (nee Morgan) of 27 Hopefield Avenue, Belfast.  William John McMullan worked as a commercial traveller selling tea and he and Alice Morgan were married on 4 June 1888 in May Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast.  They had at least seven children, all of whom were baptised in May Street Presbyterian Church:

Sarah Mary (born 18 March 1891)

Alice (born 30 June 1893)

William Edgar (born 1 January 1896)

Thomas Alexander (born 28 February 1898)

Emily Jane (born 28 June 1901)

Malcolm Morgan (born 24 January 1904)

Frederick George (born 17 June 1907)

Malcolm Morgan McMullan attended Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI) from 1918 until 1920.

Malcolm Morgan McMullan was the husband of Elizabeth (Lily) McMullan (nee Wilson) of Hill Lodge, Ballycarry, Co. Antrim.  They were married on 1 December 1926 in Larne Registrar’s Office.

During the Second World War Malcolm McMullan served with the Royal Air Force and, with effect from 1 December 1940, he was promoted from the rank of Squadron Leader to the rank of Wing Commander (temporary).  Wing Commander Malcolm Morgan McMullan was 38 when he was killed in an aircraft accident on 17 July 1942.

Lockheed Hudson N7253 aircraft of 24 Squadron RAF was flying from Belfast to Hendon when it encountered heavy rain and low cloud.  The aircraft crashed at Tyn-y-Bryn Farm, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, North Wales, near the town of Ruthin.  The cause of the accident was structural failure of the port wing, and it was considered possible that the aircraft had been struck by lightning.  The crew of four, along with nine service and civilian passengers, were killed.

Wing Commander Malcolm Morgan McMullan was buried in Hawarden Cemetery, Flintshire.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

SAFE IN GOD’S KEEPING

Wing Commander Malcolm Morgan McMullan is commemorated in RBAI and on the family grave headstone in Greyabbey New Cemetery where his wife Elizabeth, who died on 14 February 1994 (aged 94), was buried.