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    Default PoW: Stalag Luft III: Donald Curtis Walch

    I am trying to find out details of the mission which resulted in the capture of Donald Curtis Walch, DFC, No: 404489, who served with 180 Squadron (according to London Gazette No 36346), he may have also been with 226 Squadron (according to http://www.rafcommands.com/dcforum/D...Data/15372.txt). He served in the RAAF, and I am intending to get his records from the NAA. He was captured some time after 5 March 1944, and was interred in Stalag Luft III.

    Any guidance for finding the information would be greatly appreciated.

    Mark

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    Hello,

    25-6-1944
    No.21 Sqn
    Mosquito VI LR373

    In a borrowed aircraft, W/C Braham set out on a day patrol to Denmark. His aircraft was intercepted by Fw Robert SPRECKELS, of Stab./JG 1, and shot down into the sea. Braham and his navigator were rescued by a German vessel and became PoWs

    40667 W/C (Pilot) John Robert Daniel BRAHAM DSO**DFC** - PoW
    AUS404489 F/L (Nav.) Donald Curtis WALCH DFC RAAF - PoW

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    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Hello,

    25-6-1944
    No.21 Sqn
    Mosquito VI LR373

    In a borrowed aircraft, W/C Braham set out on a day patrol to Denmark. His aircraft was intercepted by Fw Robert SPRECKELS, of Stab./JG 1, and shot down into the sea. Braham and his navigator were rescued by a German vessel and became PoWs

    40667 W/C (Pilot) John Robert Daniel BRAHAM DSO**DFC** - PoW
    AUS404489 F/L (Nav.) Donald Curtis WALCH DFC RAAF - PoW

    Col.
    Excellent, Thank you very much. I was looking at the wrong Squadrons.

    Could you please tell me the source?

    Mark

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    Mark,

    Sources? Sure:

    2nd Tactical Air Force Volume One.
    Shores,Christopher & Chris Thomas.
    Hersham:Classic Publications,2004
    pp.179-80

    Aces High.
    Shores,Christopher & Clive Williams
    London:Grub Street,1994.
    pp.146-7

    An alternate view:

    http://www.flensted.eu.com/1944085.shtml

    and...

    My personal files.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 13th July 2011 at 14:17.

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    Thanks Col,

    Just doing my family tree, and although he is a distant relative, I try to cover all bases with sources etc.

    Mark

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    Mark,

    Don Walch did indeed serve on 226 Sqn. He was 39236 S/L Graham Reese 'Digger' Magill's regular navigator. A snippet from Norman Frank's, "The Greatest Air Battle Dieppe, 19 August 1942 (p.40):

    "Magill got back safely although his machine (226 Sqn Boston III Z2295 MQ-A), was damaged. Not for the first time did the crest on his Boston get them Home. His usual crew was Pilot Officer Donald Walch, from Tasmania, as navigator, and 'Taffy' Gubbins, air gunner. (Gubbins was away on 19 August, his place being taken by Sergeant S Praeger). The crest consisted of a kangaroo, a kiwi and a welsh dragon on a boomerang, ensuring a return ticket, they hoped!"

    You can read more about Magill Here:

    http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Graham_Magill.html

    http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Magill.htm

    Col.

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    Thanks Col,

    Great to know who people have worked with.

    Mark

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    Hi, you said you were doing a family tree. I can direct you to someone who has done a very in depth Walch family tree. I may also be able to help you with some aspects of Donald Curtis Walch - he was my father! I now live in New Zealand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jane Telfer View Post
    Hi, you said you were doing a family tree. I can direct you to someone who has done a very in depth Walch family tree. I may also be able to help you with some aspects of Donald Curtis Walch - he was my father! I now live in New Zealand.
    Thank you Jane, a PM is on the way.

    Mark

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