The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. T Y Wallace
Thomas Young Wallace was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He joined the RAF on a short service commission in August 1939. With training completed, he was posted to 610 Squadron at Gravesend on 19th June 1940.
His commission was terminated on 1st July after he was court-martialled for being absent without leave for two days in June. He became a Sergeant-Pilot and and was posted to 111 Squadron at Croydon from No.1 Recruit Centre, Uxbridge on 17th July.
Above image courtesy of Jane Wallace (niece).
He claimed two Me110’s destroyed and two others damaged on 15th August, a Me109 destroyed and probably a Do17 on the 16th, a Do17 destroyed and two others damaged on the 18th, a Me109 damaged on the 24th, a Do17 shared on the 26th, a Me110 destroyed, a Do17 probably destroyed and a Me110 damaged on the 31st and a Me109 destroyed and three others damaged on 4th September.
Wallaces's Hurricane, P3025, was severely damaged by a Me109 over the Channel on 7th September. He glided back to the English coast and baled out south of Ashford, slightly wounded. The Hurricane, P3025, crashed on Gammons Farm, Newchurch.
He was awarded the DFM (gazetted 25th October 1940).
Wallace damaged a He111 on 3rd November.
Commissioned from Warrant Officer in March 1943, he commanded 609 Squadron from 17th September 1944 to 11th November, when he was shot down by flak in Typhoon MN205 over Dunkirk and killed.
Wallace was 28. He is buried in Pihen-les-Guines War Cemetery, France.