Walter Henry ROSE DFC

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ROSE, Walter Henry

Service Number: 405605
Enlisted: 26 April 1941
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 156 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia, 31 December 1920
Home Town: Cloncurry, Cloncurry, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Apprentice Electrician
Died: Lost in NIght Bombing raid to Berlin , Berlin, Germany, 23 November 1943, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial to AIrcrew with no known grave
Memorials: "The Monument" Cloncurry, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial
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World War 2 Service

26 Apr 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 405605, Aircrew Training Units
27 Apr 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 405605, Aircrew Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
1 Mar 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 405605, No. 460 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
15 May 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 405605, No. 156 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
10 Oct 1943: Honoured Distinguished Flying Cross, Air War NW Europe 1939-45
23 Nov 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 405605, No. 156 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Graham Padget

405605 Pilot Officer Walter Henry Rose DFC
An apprentice electrician before enlisting in the R.A.A.F. in April, 1941, P.O. Rose trained as a pilot in Australia and Canada as part of the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS). After being posted to 460 Squadron R.A.A.F. in March, 1943, P.O. Rose flew Lancaster bombers, including 'G-George' during an operational sortie over Duisburg on 27th April, 1943.

In May, 1943, P.O. Rose was transferred to 156 Pathfinder Squadron R.A.F., and in October 1943, was recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his 'high reputation as an operational pilot which has since been enhanced by his skill and determination with which he has pressed home attacks on varied targets in Germany, Italy and occupied territory'.

P.O. Rose was killed during an operational sortie when his Lancaster, serial number JB223, radio call-sign GT-M (M-Mike) was shot down over Berlin on the night of 23/24 November, 1943.

Aged 22 at the time of his death, P.O. Rose has no known grave, however a watch worn by P.O. Rose was uncovered by a German farmer after the war and forwarded to his next of kin (http://www.maryboroughmuseum.org/raaf.html.)

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