Wales, Alexander William (Flying Officer, b.1921 - d.2006)

Accession Number PR04932
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1.5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Log book
Maker Wales, Alexander William
Place made Australia, Canada, United Kingdom
Date made 1941-1944
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the Second World War service of 10991 Flying Officer Alexander William 'Alec' Wales, 460 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, 1941-1944.

Wallet 1 of 1 – Consists of one flying log book of Flying Officer Wales, with entries dated between 3 April 1941 and 21 August 1944.The entries record details such as dates and times of flights, types and numbers of aircraft, crewmembers, and purposes of the flights. On notable entry is that of 29 December 1943, which records that Flying Officer Wales flew Lancaster bomber 'G for George' in a bombing raid targeting Berlin, Germany. Other flights recorded include general and advanced training flights, cross country flights, strategic bombing operations over enemy-occupied Europe and aircraft conversions. This log book also contains certificates for courses completed and one aerial photograph.

History / Summary

Flying Officer Alexander William "Alec" Wales enlisted to the Royal Australian Air Force on 15 July 1940. He trained as a pilot in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, and went on to serve two operational tours with 460 Squadron, based in the United Kingdom. With 460 Squadron, Flying Officer Wales flew Avro Lancaster bombers in the strategic bombing campaign targeting enemy-occupied Europe. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Distinguished Flying Medal. Flying Officer Wales was discharged on 10 October 1944.