Diary of David Taylor Galt

Accession Number AWM2019.22.227
Collection number PR03274
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 39 Image/s captured
Maker Galt, David Taylor
Place made United Kingdom
Date made 1943
Conflict 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 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).