GILCHRIST, Donald Richard

Plane was a Lancaster 1 W4138. The aircraft took off from RAF Wigsley in Nottinghamshire to bomb the German city of Essen. 369 aircraft were taking part from which 41 were lost either by German night fighters or anti-aircraft fire. Reason for Loss Shot down near Willich 8 Km SSW from Krefeld.

Last Name
GILCHRIST
Given Names
Donald Richard
Service Number
407641
Date of Birth
15/11/1912
Birth Location
Clare S.A.
Enlistment Date
07/12/1940
Enlistment Location
Adelaide
1Wags Start Date
06/02/1941
Course Details
WAGS Course 10
Intake Date
06/02/1941
Finish Date
30/11/0018
Kill Date or Discharge Date
17/09/1942 (Killed)
Discharge Unit
1654 COM
Rank
Sergeant
Operations
Flying battle N.W. Europe
Date of Death
17/09/1942
Age
29
Cemetery / Memorial
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery
Notes

Plane was a Lancaster 1 W4138. The aircraft took off from RAF Wigsley in Nottinghamshire to bomb the German city of Essen. 369 aircraft were taking part from which 41 were lost either by German night fighters or anti-aircraft fire. Reason for Loss Shot down near Willich 8 Km SSW from Krefeld.

Posting on Death
1654 C UNIT
NAA Status
OPEN
1WAGS - GILCHRIST Donald Richard - Service Number 407641 (edited-1)
1WAGS - GILCHRIST Donald Richard - Service Number 407641 (edited-1)
1WAGS - GILCHRIST Donald Richard - Service Number 407641 (GRAVE_edited-2)

Acknowledgements

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