Flight Sergeant Anthony Joseph Gallagher

Flight Sergeant Anthony Joseph Gallagher

Nathalia, Strathbogie Shire, Victoria, Australia
Death 7 Nov 1943 (aged 19–20)
Tuam, County Galway, Ireland
Burial Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Plot Grave 5.
Memorial ID 144814053 · View Source
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410595 Flight Sergeant Anthony Joseph Gallagher
The Royal Australian Air Force.

Aged 20
Son of James Daniel and Margaret Ellen Gallagher, of Nathalia, Victoria, Australia.

Probably a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner.

He was a member of the crew of a Handley Page HP57 Halifax V Bomber, EB 134, that crashed during a night training exercise at Lavally, near Tuam, Co. Galway. They were part of 1663 Heavy Conversion Unit of 7 Group Training Command, based at RAF Rufforth in North Yorkshire from where it had taken off, but was instructed to land elsewhere, when it lost its way. The entire crew were killed in the crash. In accordance with usual practice, the Irish authorities handed over the bodies of the victims to the British Military authorities on the border with Northern Ireland at Belleek, rendering full military honours.
The bodies of Gallagher, Gardner, Johnston and Sansome were buried at Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh.
The bodies of the others were returned to their families Britain for burial.

Lavally Crash

The seven man crew comprised

Allan Stewart Johnston
Edgar William Camp
Co-Pilot / Flight Engineer.

Robert Mair Clark
Navigator / Bomb Aimer.

Anthony Joseph Gallagher
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner.

George Hilton Sansome
Bomb Aimer / Air Gunner.

Norman William Gardner
Air Gunner.
Leslie Harold Wildman
Air Gunner.


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  • Created by: John
  • Added: 9 Apr 2015
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Flight Sergeant Anthony Joseph Gallagher (1923–7 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 144814053, citing Irvinestown RC Cemetery, Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland ; Maintained by John (contributor 47032041) .