Walter James Savage 1919-1941

Walter James Savage was born 1919 at Radcliffe on Trent, the only son of James Savage, a railway plate layer and Sabina Kate Lorne. He had 4 sisters, Ivy, born 1905, Joyce, born 1908, Nancy, born 1913, and Ruth both 1927.

In 1939 census he was living with his parents and eldest sister on Victoria Street.

He joined the RAF Voluntary reserve as a Sergeant Service number 944281, serving with No 10 Operational Training unit in a Whitley V, P5087, stationed at RAF Abingdon, Berkshire.

On Friday 14th March after taking off from RAF Abingdon in Berkshire at 10.45 hrs they left on predetermined training route, via Stumble Head, Bardsey Island, the Isle of Man and returning to Abingdon. Nothing was heard of the crew after take off. They are understood to have probably come down in the Irish Sea and at 1930 hrs were classed as missing. None of the crews bodies were recovered and they are therefore commemorated at Runnymede Memorial, Panel 51.

Crew: P/O Bridson DFC, P/O Chapman, Observer Sgt Baldwin, Gunner Sgt Craig, Gunner Sgt Orr, and Air Gunner Sgt Walter James Savage

Information from aircrewremembered.com

10 OTU Whitley at Abingdon