Neil Francis Dallaway MCGLADRIGAN


MCGLADRIGAN, Neil Francis Dallaway

Service Number: 426895
Enlisted: 15 August 1942
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 57 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 8 December 1922
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Milora State, Mudgee College, Toowoomba Grammar & Queensland University
Occupation: Student Teacher
Died: Murdered (Prisoner of War), Gladenbach, Germany., 10 December 1944, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Hanover War Cemetery
Plot II, Row E, Grave 6,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Toowoomba Grammar School WW2 Honour Board
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World War 2 Service

15 Aug 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, SN 426895, Brisbane
15 Aug 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 426895
10 Dec 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 426895, No. 57 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Lancaster PD264 of Number 57 Squadron RAF was shot down over Germany on the 6th of December 1944 with 4 members of the crew killed in the crash.  Two other crewmen were taken POW at the town of Gladenbach, Germany where they were subsequently murdered.  One crewman (Sergeant Forward RAF 1666426) landed further from the crash site to become a POW and he survived the war.

Those killed were: Flight Sergeant Frank Alexander Black 429371 RAAF & Flying Officer William Riddell RAF 185681 / Sergeant Robert Shaw McKillop RAF 1826753 / Flight Sergeant Peter Douglas Mann RAF 1601233

Sergeant John Scott RAF 644319 (8 December 1944) and Flight Sergeant Neil Francis Dallaway McGladrigan 426895 RAAF (10 December 1944) were murdered by German policemen after being tortured and interrogated.  Both men were subsequently buried in shallow graves in the woods. The atrocity was not discovered until 1946, and a war crimes trial was held in 1947

Details of this incident are covered in the book "Footprints on the Sands of Time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock


Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Neil Francis Dallaway McGLADRIGAN was born on 8th December, 1922 in Brisbane, Queensland

His parents were William Patrick McGLADRIGAN & Doris Vida May QUICK who married in Queensland on 14th August, 1920