Squadron Leader Ron MacDonald, commander of No 452 (Troppo), and Pilot Officer Paul Tully, also of No 452 (Troppo) were also shot down with William Hinds but escaped by parachute. A cannon shell from a Japanese fighter exploded in the cockpit of MacDonald’s machine and he suffered serious burns before baling out. He was found later near Tumbling Waters and returned to the RAAF Medical Receiving Station in a Tiger Moth aircraft flown by Squadron Leader Clyde Fenton.
Ron MacDonald returned to the grazing industry in Central Queensland but later he may have become a Doctor? in Rockhampton. Ron passed away on 13/10/2000
Middle Photo:- Strauss, NT. 25 April 1943. Squadron Leader R. S. McDonald of Clermont, Qld and No. 452 (Spitfire) Squadron RAAF (left), assisting Flying Officer J. B. McPherson of Albert Park, Vic and No. 12 (Vengeance) Squadron RAAF, to tie a bag of supplies to be dropped by parachute from an aircraft.
Right Photo:- Strauss, NT. c. June 1943. Squadron Leader R. S. McDonald (left) and Wing Commander Clive R. (Killer) Caldwell DFC and Bar, Commanding Officer of No. 452 (Spitfire) Squadron RAAF, relaxing near their tent.