The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. G A Waller
George Alfred Waller was born in Plumstead, London in October 1906 and was employed as a planning engineer prior to joining 601 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force in February 1939 as an Aircrafthand. Called up on 24th August 1939, he later remustered as an Airman u/t Air Gunner.
Above: Waller (right) while an Aircrafthand.
Waller flew on the raid on the Borkum seaplane base on 26th November 1939.
He was posted to 29 Squadron at Digby in June 1940, flying his first sortie on the 8th. Waller was in Blenheim L1371 on 28th September when it was hit in the starboard wing by British anti-aircraft fire during an evening patrol. He and P/O J Buchanan were unhurt and returned safely to Digby.
He served with the squadron as an Air Gunner, and later Radio Operator, until July 1941. In this period he flew 118 operational hours and was involved in destroying one enemy aircraft and probably another. He then went to 1451 Turbinlight Flight and later to Northolt in a Defiant radar jamming unit.
He was posted to 54 OTU in October 1942.
Commissioned from Warrant Officer in June 1943, he was awarded the DFC (gazetted 20th October 1944) as a Flying Officer with 604 Squadron. Waller had then assisted in the destruction of three enemy aircraft.
He was released from the RAF in 1950 as a Flight Lieutenant.
Waller died in 1983.