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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. D S Wallis


Donald Sylvester Wallis was born on 10th October 1920 in Hendon, the son of Walter and Lilian Amelia Wallis (nee Sylvester).

He joined the RAFVR about June 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.

Called up on 1st September, Wallis did his elementary training at 10 EFTS Yatesbury and moved on to 3 FTS South Cerney for No. 34 Course, which ran from 28th April to 3rd August 1940.

Wallis then went to No 1 (C) OTU at Silloth for No. 4 Blenheim Course, from 3rd August to 9th September.

He joined 235 Squadron at Bircham Newton on 19th September 1940. He flew his first operational sortie with it on the 21st.

Wallis was killed on 22nd February 1941, still serving with 235 Squadron.

Blenheim IV T1803 LA-D was on a sweep off Jutland, Denmark when it was shot down by return fire from a He111 near Borkum.

Also lost were:

Sgt. RW Brookman RNZAF
Sgt. GC Pavitt

Wallis is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 54.



Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner.

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