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    Default P/O T Gallagher, 626 squadron, RAF 1944

    I am looking into operations performed by 626 squadron during the first half of 1944 and came across the name W/O, later P/O, T Gallagher (pilot) but am struggling to find anything about him.
    There is no one of this initial/name combination in the 1944/45 Air Force list and it appears he survived the war as does not appear on the CWGC web site.
    It could be he was RAAF, RCAF or RNZAF rather than RAF. A basic check on the NAA web site did not reveal any link to RAAF.
    Can anyone help identify or add basic detail for this fellow ? Any pointers much appreciated.
    Regards,
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    Default Re: P/O T Gallagher, 626 squadron, RAF 1944

    Hello Mojmir,
    Many thanks for the details but I do not think this is my man. From the 626 sqdn ORB May 1, 44 he is seen as pilot of Lancaster LL772 (and other occasions)
    Have not spotted him on postings out either but my copy of ORB is a bit faint.
    Regards,
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    Default Re: P/O T Gallagher, 626 squadron, RAF 1944

    Hi Ian,

    You are right. There are three Gallaghers! I didn't know that... Sorry.

    P/O Gallagher T (Capt)
    F/O Gallager T.F. (B/A) J28805
    Sgt Gallager P.T. (R/G)

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/D8417433

    p. 6/8 17.11.43 posted from 103 Squadron: 1532437 W/O Gallagher Pilot

    1532437 Callagher Thomas AIR78 59 Fuller F - Garde D A 1000/1705

    commissioned

    1532437 Thomas GALLAGHER (172297)

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/1539

    DFC

    Thomas GALLAGHER (172297), R.A.F.V.R., 626 Sqn.

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/3827

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    Default Re: P/O T Gallagher, 626 squadron, RAF 1944

    Hi Ian
    I just checked on my shelf, "To Strive And Not to Yield" (626 Sqdn) by Dennis West, the book covers the Battle of Berlin period up to late March 1944 but scanning through (quickly admittedly) I couldnt find any mention of Gallagher so I presume he joined the squadron in or after April 44
    Best of luck
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    Default Re: P/O T Gallagher, 626 squadron, RAF 1944

    Here we go, a DFC awarded LG 18-08-1944 to Pilot Officer Thomas Gallagher, 172297, 626 Sqdn.

    Like a Wally I used "Honour the Air Forces" by Michael Maton when of course we have Jagan's excellent RAF AWARDS DB (tab at the top of the page), just pop his service number in and you'll find him there, Non-Immediate DFC.

    And the London Gazette shows him as Warrant Officer 1532437 commissioned P/O on prob (emergency) effective date 15-02-1944 and that he retired unfit for further service as a Flying Officer on 02-12-1945


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    Default Re: P/O T Gallagher, 626 squadron, RAF 1944

    Many thanks to both of you, I will back track to his earlier time with 626 sqdn and also see what 103 sqdn ORB has to say about him.

    Incidentally I did try the Awards DB but entering his name and 1944 and selecting DFC got no response but now I have his service No he does appear, hey ho.

    Best regards,
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    Default Re: P/O T Gallagher, 626 squadron, RAF 1944

    I found this data for him,
    Thomas Gallagher flew 5 ops with 103 squadron and a further 17 with 626 squadron. On June 12, 1944 he was posted to 1 Lancaster Finishing School.

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    Default Re: P/O T Gallagher, 626 squadron, RAF 1944

    Ian,
    Bit late to this as I have not had internet access for the last few weeks. 103 Sqn O.R.B. shows Gallagher flying a second pilot sortie with the Edie crew 22-23/9/43 and then a further nine sorties with his own crew between 23-24/9/43 and 3-4/11/43. He does occasionally appear as 'Gallacher'. Also, after being posted to 626 Sqn 17/11/43, he and his crew are briefly posted to 156 Sqn 8/12/43, before being posted back to 626 Sqn 26/1/44.
    Hope this is of interest,
    Regards, Mark.
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    Default Re: P/O T Gallagher, 626 squadron, RAF 1944

    Hi Ian.
    My Father (Ray Phillips) was a Navigator (101 Squadron), and completed many missions on LL772 up to the end of the war.
    I have a complete list of LL772 missions from Larry Wright at the Lancaster Archive, which features W/O T. Gallagher on many of its early missions.
    LL772 was a very lucky plane, completing 126 missions surviving to be broken up in 1947.
    It is not (yet) a recognised Ton Up Lanc, so quite difficult to get info on....and of course the crews (thankfully) survived, so that makes it difficult as well.
    I have a written a short history of my Mum (Marjorie Phillips; Wireless Op 101 Squadron) and Dad's wartime at Ludford Magna which also has a complete list for LL772 compiled by my Dad's Pilot (Howie Henn)
    It's my first time on here, so not sure if I can attach docs...
    OK, i'll try including a link to a Google Folder with the docs in: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/16Ya8vEM65tGn3B68Uv4AiPFkI5U3Q44x?usp=sharing

    Thanks John Phillips
    Last edited by John phillips101; 20th May 2022 at 16:25.

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