Flown West: Drury “Mac” McCall

July 9, 2019

Drury “Mac” McCall
At the 2014 WOWC standing in front of an F4U like the one he flew in WWII.

Drury “Mac” McCall served in the US Marine Corps during World War II in VMF-214 “The Swashbucklers”, and VMF-215 “Fighting Corsairs”.  In early 1943 Mac flew F4F Wildcats out of the Marines’ “Fighter One Airstrip” in the Solomon Islands. His base was known as Cactus Air Force, and Cactus was the code name for Guadalcanal. His squadron later began flying F4U Corsairs, which they acknowledged were a significant improvement over the F4F. When they lost their squadron leader after their second tour in VMF-214, Major Greg Boyington temporarily took over the squadron until he formed the Black Sheep Squadron. Mac was then assigned to VMF-215 and they eventually relocated to Bougainville.  Mac was credited with 3.5 Japanese kills, all Aichi D3A “Val” carrier dive bombers. He eventually returned to the US as an instructor, and achieved the rank of Major before separating from service. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during his service.

PCAM was fortunate to have Mac participate in many air shows and Veterans events over the years, accompanied either by his son Bruce or his friend and fellow USMC pilot (Vietnam) Gordon Evans. Mac also participated in the PCAM Veteran’s History Project, and a DVD of his interview is among the PCAM library of Veteran interviews. Bruce acknowledged after his father’s death that Mac thoroughly enjoyed each of the events, and appreciated PCAM’s mission to honor Veterans. The honor was all ours. Mac would have turned 98 in July.

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