LEST WE FORGET

Squadron Leader Richard Hamilton WALLACE

Service No: 586
Born: Semaphore SA, 12 January 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 4 September 1939 (at RAAF Station Point Cook VIC)
Unit: No. 30 Squadron
Died: Air Operations (No. 30 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft A19-216), Ambon, 20 October 1944, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Ambon War Cemetery, Indonesia
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Henry and Margaret Wallace; husband of Patricia Wallace, of North Adelaide, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Largs Bay SA
Remembered: Panel 102, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

On 20 October 1944, Beaufighter A19-216 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire while engaged in an offensive sweep of Baguala Bay, Ambon. The crew members were:

Flying Officer Robert Henry Hider (433672) (Navigator)
Squadron Leader Richard Hamilton Wallace (586) (Pilot)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
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, 163/63/91

Bibliography:

Parnell, N.M. (Neville M.) Whispering Death: A history of the RAAF’s Beaufighter Squadrons, AH & AW Reed Terry Hills NSW, 1980
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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