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