Roy WALMSLEY

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WALMSLEY, Roy

Service Number: 433631
Enlisted: 24 April 1943
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: RAF Conversion Units
Born: Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia, 12 March 1925
Home Town: Tweed Heads, New South Wales
Schooling: Tweed Heads State School, Murwillumbah High School
Occupation: Student
Died: Training Accident - air crash, Trefor, Llyn Peninsula, North Wales United Kingdom, 3 September 1944, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Chester (Blacon) Cemetery, Chester, England
Sec. Row A, Grave 318 Roll of Honour - Tweed Heads, NSW
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Murwillumbah High School WW2 Honour Roll
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World War 2 Service

24 Apr 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 433631, Aircrew Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
24 Apr 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 433631, Aircrew Training Units, Enlisted at Sydney, NSW
24 Apr 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 433631
27 Jan 1944: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 433631, Embarked at Sydney for the UK
3 Sep 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 433631, RAF Conversion Units , Air War NW Europe 1939-45

Crash site location

In 1996 there was a knock on my door one evening from the daughter of Flying Officer Maxwell Cox 424379.I live in Llangollen,Norh Wales ,United Kingdom.She had been told of my interest in WW2 crash sites and wondered if I had any info on the crash (3/9/1944)
I live nearby to Trevor and told her that no Halifax bomber had crashed there,but after a while I realised that it was Trefor on the Llyn Peninsula which was about 80 miles away.
She asked if we could go there but from many years experience,I knew the terrain would be very inhospitable.She was returning to Australia soon after and I told her I would plan to find the site on my next trip.My friend and I discovered the site and I wrote to tell her but received no reply.
If anyone knows a relative Of Maxwell Cox or indeed any other crew member,I would love to hear from them.
I visited the site again last week and there is nothing to be seen there now.
It is a stark reminder of the tragic accidents that happened in the Welsh hills on training exercises.The crews were unaware of the mountains in bad wether and when desperate for a visual fix,dropped below the statutory height level to try and find where they were.
I paid my respects there to a very brave crew who were nearing the end their operations.
We will never forget them.

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Roy WALMSLEY. Flight Sergeant 433631, Royal Australian Air Force died 3rd September 1944 aged 19. Son of George William and Florence Jarrett Walmsley, of Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia. At rest in Blacon Cemetery, Chester, Cheshire.

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of George William and Florence Jarrett of  Tweed Heads, NSW

Plane was Halifax MK JD417 - lost near Trevor UK

School subjects passed - Geography, History, Maths 1, Maths 2, Woodwork, Botany.

Subject failed -English

While at High School he received awards in cricket and tennis