247 Sqdn Arnhem - Flight Lieutenant David Ritchie Wallace - Help

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by FltLieu David Wallace 247, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. Thanks for reading this post - I am new to WW2TALK but have been inspired to trace my uncle after a WW2 tour holiday and need tips on where to go what to do? I have the following but would love to now the story / campaign behind him.

    D R
    United Kingdom
    Flight Lieutenant
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text:
    247 Sqdn.
    Date of Death:
    Service No:
    Additional information:
    Son of Edith Wallace, of Aberdeen; grandson of Helen Wallace, of Aberdeen.
    Casualty Type:
    Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference:
    4. D. 3.

    Any help or assistance would be really appreciated.
  2. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

    A picture of David's Gravestone can be found here: The Scottish War Graves Project :: View topic - Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands

    He also gets a mention at: Viewing Page 4310 of Issue 36187.

    To obtain his records, you should visit: Ministry of Defence | About Defence | What we do | Personnel | Service Records | Making a Request for Information held on the Personnel Records of Deceased Service Personnel, details from the CWGC website, which you already have should suffice for proof of death. Also if his wife is still alive, she can request them for no charge.

    Good luck with your research, and please keep us informed with your progress.

    The chaps on here can help you decipher anything you don't understand in the records. Also some of the Arnhem boys may be able to give you information on the Squadron's actions.

    Check here for some details on 247 Squadron. Also from RAFRA - Squadrons:
    247 (China-British) Squadron Association The association has disbanded but the former Secretary, Mick Rogers, continues as a contact and information point. Mick Rogers, 45 Hartford Road, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire RG27 8QG [FWH0410]
    Air Britain book on 247: Rise from the East - The History of No.247 Squadron Royal Air Force (scroll down page in following link)

    And you can look at: Welcome to 247 (Ashton) Squadron website

    The National Archives have a number of references: The National Archives Search Results

  3. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    I don't think he was shot down during the Arnhem campaign, but it would seem somewhere in the vicinity in November, shot down (Typhoon?) attacking troop and flak positions.
    His was the only 247 death that day.
    Perhaps someone with access to Fighter Command Losses 1944 might have more....

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