Anthony Joseph Gallagher

Royal Australian Air Force Flight Sergeant Anthony Joseph Gallagher flew in No. 1663 Heavy Conversion Unit, RAF when Halifax EB134 crashed in November 1943.

Flight Sergeant

Anthony Joseph Gallagher

410595

Flight Sergeant Anthony Joseph Gallagher was the Australian Wireless Operator/Air Gunner of Handley Page Halifax EB134 that crashed near Tuam, Co. Galway on 7th November 1943.

Flight Sergeant Anthony Joseph Gallagher (410595) served in the Royal Australian Air Force. He died aged 22 years old in a plane crash over Co. Galway, Ireland.

He was the son of James Daniel Gallagher and Margaret Ellen Gallagher of Nathalia, Victoria, Australia. Anthony is one of many Australian and New Zealander service personnel buried in Northern Ireland.

Flight Sergeant Gallagher was a wireless operator/air gunner of Handley Page Halifax EB134 on 7th November 1943.

The Halifax bomber took off from RAF Rufforth, Yorkshire. The crew from No. 1663 Heavy Conversion Unit, RAF was on a non-operational, night training flight.

Their destination was changed to RAF Marston Moor, North Yorkshire while completing the flight. The captain acknowledged the change of course but the Halifax never arrived at the airfield.

Crash of Halifax EB134

Around 2243hrs, the Halifax’s engines were heard by a lookout at Flat Head, Co. Cork. Several other lookout posts observed the plane on a northbound flight.

Just after 2350hrs, the bomber came down near Lavally, Bernaderg about 6 miles north of the Co. Galway town of Tuam. Mystery still surrounds the causes of the crash. Authorities recovered all 7 bodies of the aircrew from the plane. They returned them from neutral Ireland to Northern Ireland.

Remembering the Halifax Crew

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInformation
JohnstonAllan StewartFlight SergeantPilotRAAF 409125
SansomeGeorge HiltonFlight SergeantAir BomberRAAF 423386
GallagherAnthony JosephFlight SergeantWireless Operator/Air GunnerRAAF 410595
GardnerNorman WilliamWarrant OfficerAir GunnerRCAF R/65741
CampEdgar WilliamSergeantFlight EngineerRAF 1605423
WildmanLeslie HaroldSergeantWireless Operator/Air GunnerRAF 1158064
ClarkRobert MairSergeantNavigatorRAF 1051117

Anthony Joseph Gallagher’s grave is in Grave 5 of Irvinestown Sacred Heart Churchyard, Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh. His name is on Panel 122 of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.

At 1400hrs on 5th August 2007, the Old Tuam Society and Lavally Community held a ceremony to unveil a memorial to the crew of Halifax EB134. Throughout 2006-2007, Tuam historian Anne Tierney researched the plane and its crew. The memorial stands in a garden of remembrance at Ryehill, Tuam, Co. Galway. Families of the airmen attended along with Her Excellency Anne Plunkett – Australian Ambassador to Ireland. Also in attendance were John Banim of the Canadian Embassy and Brian Mahoney of the British Embassy.

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