Featured Story

Featured Story

The FEATURED STORY pays tribute to a person, and or event, connected to 1 W.A.G.S Ballarat.

The story commemorates the valiant RAAF 1 W.A.G.S trainees who served in WW2 in all theatres of war – those who lost their lives and those who returned.

 

The FEATURED STORY honours  - 

FLYING OFFICER DENIS MALACHI KELLY   Wireless Air Gunner 1 W.A.G.S Course 2

After completing his Air Gunners course Denis sailed to the UK via America. He was posted to Llandwrog in north-west Wales for further training. He crewed up at RAF Lichfield with an Australian pilot named Tom Davis. Denis joined the 467 Squadron at Waddington and began flying operations in late April 1944.  On the 18th July 1944 the crew flying in a Lancaster aircraft attacked Revigny, in France. On turning for home, the aircraft was hit by an upward firing ‘Schrage Musik’ cannon. The Lancaster caught on fire. Denis Kelly bailed out but sustained injuries on landing to his legs and spine. Denis spent the next three months evading capture behind enemy lines. Read more about Denis and his remarkable story of survival in his FEATURE STORY.

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Acknowledgements

National Archives of AustraliaUBC Web DesignCity of BallaratDepartment of Veterans+39 AffairsAustralian War MemorialRSL Virtual War Memorial