|Collection type||Digitised Collection|
|Physical description||39 Image/s captured|
Galt, David Taylor
|Place made||United Kingdom|
Second World War, 1939-1945
|Copying Provisions||Copy provided for personal non-commercial use|
|Source credit to||This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.|
Diary of David Taylor Galt
Diary relating to the Second World War service of 400976 Pilot Officer David Taylor Galt DFC, 460 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force.
In his diary, Galt recounts his experiences as the pilot of an Avro Lancaster bomber that was hit, caught on fire, and crash landed in France in late November 1942 with no fatalities. He describes the details of his return to England, including his evasion of German soldiers, travelling through fields and woods and avoiding roads, seeking help from French villagers, taking several train trips, making friends, forging identity papers, walking through the Pyrenees Mountains, being stopped by Spanish Carabineros, and finally returning to England via Madrid. The last three pages of the diary have a list of “Observations” about his successful escape. Galt later lost his life in a flying battle over the Bay of Biscay on 13 August 1943.
This collection also contains a copy of a photograph of David Taylor Galt (see P04777.001).