Graham William Charles ALLCHIN


ALLCHIN, Graham William Charles

Service Number: 401321
Enlisted: 1 February 1941
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 2 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 28 August 1916
Home Town: St Kilda East, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Essendon High School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Commercial Artist
Died: Prisoner of War - Executed, Ambon, Dutch New Guinea, Ambon, Netherlands East Indies, 22 November 1942, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Ambon War Cemetery, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
Plot 21, Row B, Grave 3
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, No 2 Squadron RAAF Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Pilot Officer, SN 401321
1 Feb 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, No. 2 Squadron (RAAF)
1 Feb 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 401321

Graham W C Allchin was my Grandfathers Cousin

I’m trying to find the link between the previous writers story and my family.

Graham William Charles ALLCHIN was my Grandfathers (Robert Lemon ALLCHIN) cousin.
Robert has one sister - Lois.

My father was named after Graham also - ‘Kenneth Graham Allchin’

Just wanting to find the connection as the previous poster said it was his Fathers cousin - obviously not my dad or my uncle (Ray ALLCHIN) who has posted this story.

Hope to connect with you about G W C ALLCHIN.

Belinda Parsons (nee Allchin)


Uncle Graham Allchin

He was my father’s cousin. Dad spoke of him rarely, but then dad never spoke of the war.
How I wish I could have known more.
Dad told me he was shot down flying the slow “death- traps” that were the Lockheed Hudson.
Graham survived but tried to escape his Japanese jailers only to be captured again and beheaded.
I cannot imagine the pain Graham’s parents must have felt losing their only son and the effect on dad must also have been significant because his first born (after the war), my brother, was called Graham in memory of dad’s cousin, my Uncle Graham Allchin

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of George Fraser Allchin and Ethel Louie Allchin of East St. Kilda, Victoria


RAAF Lockheed Hudson aircraft A16-187 of Number 2 Squadron was shot down at Ambon, Netherlands East Indies 22 May 1942 - two of the crew were captured by the Japanese and were executed while being held as Prisoners of War (22 November 1942) and are buried in Ambon War Cemetery:

Pilot Officer Graham William Charles Allchin 401321

Sergeant Laurence John Montgomerie 406865


The other two crewmen were killed in the crash and are commemorated on the Ambon Memorial:

Pilot Officer Kenneth Irving Kersten 406857

Pilot Officer Wilbur Charles McLay 408865



Completed school to Intermediate stanard, studying English, Artimetic, Algebra, Goegraphy, History, Commercial Principles and Practice. Sports played Tennis, Cricket, Golf, Swimming and Ski-ing