Walter Fred McELWAIN DFC

Serial Number: NZ421383
RNZAF Trade: Pilot
Date of Enlistment: 20th of February 1942
Date of Demob:
1st of April 1946
Rank Achieved: Flying Officer
Flying Hours:
Operational Sorties:

Date of Birth: 30th of November 1921, in Christchurch
Personal Details:
Walter was the second son of Mr and Mrs E.A. McElwain of 94 Queen Street, Cambridge

Service Details: Walter trained initially in New Zealand and then sailed to Canada onboard the "Bloemfontein" on the 10th of January 1943. He was then posted to No. 2 Service Flying Training School at Uplands, Ottawa. He was a member of Course No. 75.

Walter graduated as a pilot on the 11th of June 1943, receiving his pilots Flying Badge. At this point its thought he went straight to England where he probably completed his training before posting to a bomber squadron.

He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross on the 27th of March 1945, for his service with No. 166 Squadron, RAF flying Avro Lancasters. The citation read:

This officer has completed numerous operations against the enemy, in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.

Details of Death: Died circa 1994
Buried at: unknown

Connection with Cambridge: Walter lived in Cambridge before the war

Sources:
By Such Deeds by Colin Hanson
Canadian training details kindly supplied by Ivan Lindsey
Cambridge Museum records via Eris Parker
The Waikato Independent newspaper dated:
January 1943 Sailed for Canada
18th of June 1943 Gains wings in Canada
10th of March 1944 - Promoted to Flying Officer
4th of April 1945 Awarded DFC
27th of Feb 1946 - Welcome Home Dance

 

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