Post 323 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Ian Nicholson Davidson


Time to pay homage to Sergeant Ian Nicholson Davidson. He was also a wireless air gunner. I found this photo on Ancestry. His sister Nina is on the left and his aunt Rachel on the right.

Ian Nicholson Davidson with sister and aunt

Sergeant Ian Nicholson Davidson was in the water when the Japanese strafed the crew that had escaped from the sinking Catalina.

His body was also never found.

I have started my search on him with this.


This is a tribute to Ian Nicholson Davidson.

Ian Nicholson Davidson

I looked for his parents Mr. and Mrs. A.C.F. Davidson, of Portree, Isle of Skye.

Ian Nicholson Davidson was born in 1920 most probably in Scotland. His father was Alexander Cook Fullarton Davidson (1876–1952) born in Longtown, Cumberland. He died  on February 7, 1952 in Portree, Inverness-shire, Scotland.

Ian Nicholson Davidson's father

His mother was Margaret Nicolson.

Ian Nicholson Davidson's mother

Margaret Nicolson (1888–1928) was born in Portree, Isle Of Skye, in Scotland. She died on September 7, 1928 in Glasgow.

Ian had two brothers and one sister. James Davidson (1919-2013), Alastair MacKenzie Davidson (1922- ) and Christina (Nina) Davidson (1924-2018). All became orphans in 1928.

I don’t know if Ian was married. What I know is that a relative had remembered him on Ancestry.

Genealogy is as addictive as building model airplanes. It’s hard to stop.

August will be a month where I will look forward to complete the He 111 which I started last November.


I am certain Wing Commander Birchall never thought that he, alone, was the Saviour of Ceylon.


Next time all about Peter Nugent Kenny, his wife Queanie and her famous paternal grandfather…

Henry Eugene Vandervell