SCHOLES: Wing Commander Malcolm


Died 11 November 2008, aged 84: Wing Commander Malcolm Scholes, who was educated at Manygates Secondary School, Sandal, completed 54 missions with Bomber Command during the Second World War, which saw his aircraft hit by flak 11 times. On three successive long-range missions to Germany his bomber was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire. He once made it home with no hydraulics and once having lost an engine. In March 1944 he was part of an attack on Nuremberg when Bomber Command suffered its worst casualties of the war. Ninety-five bombers, each manned by seven crew, were lost. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for setting “an example of tenacity and enthusiasm to the rest of the squadron”.

Mr Scholes was born in Wakefield on 17 October 1924 and after Manygates School continued his education at Wakefield Technical College. He became a member of the Air Defence Corps – later renamed the Air Training Corps (ATC) – in October 1939 and joined the RAF on his 18th birthday to train as a flight engineer. After the war he was stationed in Palestine, where he was involved in the evacuation of the country ahead of the creation of the state of Israel in May 1948. He was appointed MBE for his 'distinguished services in Palestine'. In 1984 he was made an honorary life member of his old ATC squadron, 127 (City of Wakefield). He also served as president of 58 (Harrogate) Squadron.

The photograph accompanies Wing Cdr Scholes’ full obituary published in the Daily Telegraph on 5 January 2009


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