Walter Noel PRIDMORE


PRIDMORE, Walter Noel

Service Number: 429832
Enlisted: 12 September 1942, Adelaide
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 12 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Alberton, South Australia, 25 December 1923
Home Town: Pennington, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Adelaide Technical High School, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Flying Battle, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, 4 March 1945, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Cambridge City Cemetery, United Kingdom
Grave 15106. Personal Inscription HIS DUTY NOBLY DONE. EVER REMEMBERED
Memorials: Adelaide Technical High School Old Scholars WW2 Honour Roll, Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

12 Sep 1942: Enlisted Adelaide
4 Mar 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 429832, No. 12 Squadron (RAAF)
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Flight Sergeant Pridmore was 21 and the son of Henry and Lily May Pridmore, of Pennington, South Australia.

Lancaster bomber ME 323, Code named PH-P, of 12 Squadron was shot down by intruder between East Stockwith and Blyton during a night training flight. The crew of 7, 5 of whom were Australian Flight Sergeants were killed.

East Stockwith, Lincolnshire
A relatively new memorial on the village green incorporates a propeller blade from the actual aircraft and remembers a 12 Sqn crew lost on 03-04/03/45.
Lancaster ME323 PH-P had departed Wickenby for a routine night training flight.
It was intercepted near Hull by a Luftwaffe Intruder captained by Lt Gunther Wolf (IX/NJG5) and shot down for his 4th Abschusse at 0108.
The aircraft crashed between the villages of East Stockwith and Blyton at 0110 with the loss of all seven crew.
This loss was one of the many victims of the Luftwaffe's infamous but ill fated Unternehman Gisela (Operation Gisela) when large numbers of enemy aircraft on "Intruder Ops" infiltrated the bomber stream returning to the UK from Ops Kamen. They wrought havoc shooting down multiple aircraft across the length of the East Coast of England but sustained significant losses themselves in what was regarded as the Lutfwaffe's "last ditch action" at this stage of WWII