On a journey of discovery to historical sites? Download the TracesOfWar app directly on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

McAlister, Eric Milton

    Date of birth:
    December 7th, 1917 (Summer Hill/New South Wales, Australia)
    Service number:
    415170
    Nationality:
    Australian (1901-present, Federal Monarchy)

    Biography

    Eric Milton McAllister joined the military service on July 21st, 1941. He left for Great Britain on June 16th, 1942 and arrived there on August 26th . May 17th, 1943, he was transferred from the R.A.A.F. to the R.A.F. October 19th, 1945 he was back in Australia.

    Promotions:
    July 21st , 1941, Aircraftman 2nd Class;
    October 11th , 1941, Leading Aircraftman;
    April 30th, 1942, temporary Sergeant;
    October 30th , 1942, temporary Flight Sergeant;
    May 18th, 1943, Pilot Officer;
    November 18th, 1943, Flying Officer;
    August 18th, 1945, Flight Lieutenant.

    Career:
    April 10th, 1941, No. 5 Initial Training School;
    October 16th, 1941, No. 2 AOS;
    February 7th, 1942, No. 2 BAGS;
    April 5th, 1942, No., 2 ANS;
    April 30th , 1942, Air Observer;
    May 15th, 1942, No. 5 ED;
    May 28th, 1942, No. 2 ED;
    July 23rd, 1942, Navigator;
    August 26th, 1942, No. 3 PRC;
    September 17th, 1942, No. 10 AFU;
    October 27th, 1942, No. 27 Operational Training Unit;
    January 17th, 1943, No. 1656 Conversion Unit;
    March 8th, 1943, No. 101 Squadron;
    May 5th, 1943, No. 27 Operational Training Unit;
    December 28th, 1943, Headquarters No. 29 Group;
    ?, No. 81 Operational Training Unit;
    June 28th, 1944, No. 1665 Conversion Unit;
    ?, No. 196 Squadron;
    September 25th, 1944, RAF;
    ?, No. 299 Squadron;
    October 19th, 1945, No. 2 PD.

    Do you have more information about this person? Inform us!

    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    April 2nd, 1942
    RAAF Air Observers Badge
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Pilot Officer
    Unit:
    No. 101 Squadron, Royal Air Force
    Awarded on:
    October 15th, 1943
    Citation:
    "Throughout his first operational tour as N.C.O. Pilot Officer McAlister showed admirable determination to complete the task in hand combined with great skill and efficiency.
    His enthousiasm and cheerfull courage have earned for him the esteem of his crew, whose successes have been largely attained by his efforts.
    He has taken part as bomb aimer in a large number of operational flights."

    LG 36211/4562.
    Invested at Buckingham Palace on 15/5/1945 by King George VI.
    Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded with "FRANCE AND GERMANY" clasp.
    Air Crew Europe Star

    Sources

    • - Service Record
      - Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 12th October 1943, Issue 36211, dated 15th October 1943
      - Service Record

    Photo