Biography

Birth date: 14 July 1920
Death date: 17 July 1944
Death place: Italy
Final rank: Squadron Leader
Service number: 406243 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: No. 451 Squadron

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Squadron Leader
  • Date of Death: 17 July 1944
  • Unit: No. 451 Squadron

Collection Items

Photograph

P00869.053

MERSA MATRUH, EGYPT, 1943. PERSONNEL OF 451 SQUADRON RAAF SITTING IN THE OPERATIONS ROOM AT THE AIRFIELD. FROM LEFT ARE "REG" SUTTON, "COBBER" PAYNE, "TOMMY" JAMES, W ROOTS AND WALLY GALE; PROBABLY 406243 SQUADRON LEADER WALTER WILLIAM BERESFORD GALE (LOST ON OPERATIONS OVER ITALY ON 17 JULY 1944)...

P00869.053

Timeline

Date of birth 1920-07-14
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1940-10-07 Aircraftman.
Date promoted 1940-12-07 Leading aircraftman.
Other units 1941 Left Australia for training in Canada.
Date promoted 1941-05-29 Sergeant.
Other units 1941-09-28 No 208 Squadron.
Other units 1941-12-06 No 451 Squadron.
Date promoted 1941-12-10 Pilot officer.
Date promoted 1942-06-10 Flying officer.
Other units 1943-10-02 No 238 Squadron.
Other units 1943-10-26 No 451 Squadron.
Date promoted 1943-12-10 Flight lieutenant.
Date promoted 1944-07-03 Squadron leader.
Other units 1944-07-07 Commanding Officer No 451 Squadron.
Date of death 1944-07-17