Flying Officer Walter Richard Tanner

Royal Australian Air Force - WWII


Service Number: 424230

No. 622 Squadron. Royal Australian Air Force

Born: 27 August 1916 in Waverley, NSW, Australia

Date of death: 13 June 1944, age 27

Status: KIA – Oirschot – The Netherlands



- Air Observer Badge


Buried in Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery, The Netherlands KK coll. grave 72

“His duty fearlessly and nobly done. Ever remembered”

Collective grave with F/O William Rattle



Walter Richard Tanner was the son of Walter and Eleanor Tanner of Maroubra, New South Wales, Australia.

The husband of Lillian Ruby Tanner and father of David Walter and Wendy Gail.

Walter was born in Waverley, NSW, Australia and was a clerk-accountant before the war. He worked for the Australian Gas Light Company in Sydney.



Intermediate and Final Accountancy, Law exams.


He enlisted on August 15, 1942 age 25 and married.

His medical was on February 4, 1942 in N°2 Recruiting Centre, Sydney.

Height: 5 ft 8 inch

Weight: 156 lbs

Complexion: Fair

Eyes: Hazel

Hair: Brown


Embarked Sydney for UK May 25, 1943

Disembarked UK July 7, 1943

Walter was promoted to Flying Officer on October 29, 1943.


Lancaster I LL812 took off from RAF Mildenhall at 2300 on 12 June 1944 for a mission to an oil plant in Gelsenkirchen near Essen, Germany.

Attacked and shot down by a night-fighter and exploded to the West of Oirschot (Noord Brabant) some 13 km NW from the centre of Eindhoven, all of the crew died and are buried in the Woensel General Cemetery.


Flt/Sgt Richard Paul Percival Holden - Service Number - 429323 

Born May 8, 1924 in Sydney, NSW, Australia - Place of enlistment - Brisbane

Plot KK. Coll. grave 72.

Flt/Sgt Richard John William Moore - Service Number - 423433 

Born August 2, 1919 in Travandrum South India - Place of enlistment - Brisbane

Sgt Moore RAAF held a Diploma in Agriculture which he gained in Hawkesbury.

Plot KK. Coll. grave 72.

Sgt. Francis Michael Leaney N° 623992,

an Australian in the RAF 

Plot KK. Coll. grave 72.