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Walter Allison Wallace Flying Officer J/15180 160 RAF Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force July 24, 1921 St. John, New Brunswick July 18, 1940 Moncton, NB 18 5 feet, 11½ inches Medium Blue/Grey Dark Brown Single Student (St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS) Roman Catholic Harry Wilbur Wallace (Father) Sussex, NB October 26, 1943 21 Singapore Memorial Column 429. Commemorated on Page 224 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 12 Son of Harry Wilbur Wallace (1892-1961) and Mary Agnes (Heenan) Wallace ((1886-1972), of Sussex, New Brunswick. He was the brother of Robert John, Mary Elizabeth, and Jean Alice Wallace. Having completed his high school in Sussex, NB, he enrolled at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS (1939-1940). He played violin and piano. He was involved in various sport activities including basketball, football, hockey, swimming, tennis, and baseball. While at university he was enrolled in the Canadian Officers Training Corps. Flying Officer Wallace trained and served in Canada between July,1940 and January, 1942. He served in the United Kingdom until January, 1943 when he was assigned to India, joining 160 RAF Squadron at RAF Station Sigiriya on January 18, 1943. On the morning of October 26, 1943 Liberator GR.III No.FL.926 took off from RAF Station Sigiriya at 5:44 am with a crew of eight to carry out a photographic reconnaissance of a new landing strip on Car Nicobar Island. The aircraft was due over the target at 11:00 am and at 11:09 am transmitted its call sign that indicated the aircraft was over Nicobar Islands. Flying Office Wallace was the pilot of the aircraft. Contact was lost and it was presumed that the aircraft was intercepted and destroyed by enemy fighters. The Japanese newspaper Mainichi reported the shoot-down of FL926. The loss has been attributed to Mitsubishi Zeros of the Imperial Japanese Navy's 331 Kokutai (Air Group). The aircraft was never located and the missing crew never recovered. The eight crew members, including Flying Officer Wallace who was the pilot of the aircraft, have no known grave and are listed on the Singapore Memorial.
Walter Allison Wallace
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