Private Walter W Elliott

Private Walter William Elliott was the son of William and Elizabeth Ellen Elliott, of Smethwick, Staffordshire, and the husband of Joan Elliott. He originally enlisted with the Royal Engineers before transferring to airborne forces and became part of the Defence Platoon of HQ 1st Airborne Division.

Pte Elliott took part in the Battle of Arnhem, during Op Market Garden. One of the few from 1st Airborne Division to escape from the  battle, he remained with the Defence Platoon and in early May 1945, he was amongst the troops sent to Norway as part of Op Doomsday to keep order and disarm the German forces in the region.

On 10 May 1945 Short Stirling, LK297, l9-G took off from RAF Great Dunmow at 0355 hours, bound for Gardermoen airfield in Norway. The aircraft crashed at Andtjernâsen, ten miles north of Oslo, plowed down the hillside and exploded.  The weather conditions at the time were terrible, with thick fog and rain compounding problems created by the poor signal from the Eureka beacon at Gardermoen. The crash killed all on board, including the six crew members, Air Vice-Marshal J R Scarlett-Streatfield, and 17 members of the British 1st Airborne Division, who where being transported to Oslo as part of Operation Doomsday.

The aircraft was not found until 21 June 1945, when soon afterwards they where buried at Vestre Gravlund in Oslo. In 1995 a large memorial marker was raised at the crash site.

Private Elliott died on 10 May 1945, aged 23 years old, and is now buried in a collective grave at Vestre Gravlund, Western Civil Cemetery, Oslo, Norway.

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  • Maj Gen Urquhart at the mass burial of the men who perished in the Short Stirling LK297, Oslo, 1945.

    Maj Gen Urquhart at the mass burial of the men who perished in the Short Stirling LK297, Oslo, 1945.

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