LEST WE FORGET

Warrant Officer Allan Oliver WALKINGTON

Service No: 437031
Born: Terowie SA, 26 July 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 10 October 1942
Unit: No. 194 Squadron (RAF), Akyab Main airfield, Myanmar
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 194 Squadron Dakota aircraft KK175), Myanmar, 20 June 1945, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Oliver Edgar and Myrtle Flora Maud Walkington, of Kensington, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Terowie SA
Remembered: Panel 132, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

A Court of Inquiry into an aircraft accident to Dakota KK175 which occurred on 20 June 1945 found that the aircraft was slightly descending through cloud, with the likelihood that a 1,250 foot high mountainous peak was obscured by cloud or rain. The aircraft crashed at Kyaukpya, and all the crew members were killed. KK175 first struck a tree, and a second tree ripped off the port main plane. The aircraft then ploughed through undergrowth and made final impact on a rocky hillside resulting in the forepart of the aircraft containing the crew being almost totally burnt out.

The crew members of KK175 were:

Wing Commander Robert Cree Crawford DFC (34146) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Flight Lieutenant Frank Malcolm Forrester (120767) (RAFVR) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Flying Officer Neil William Neelands (419070) (Co-Pilot)
Warrant Officer Allan Oliver Walkington (437031) (Wireless Air Gunner)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/43/1463

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