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Lade Alan Walter



Born 5th October 1924 at Scottsdale Tasmania to Francis and Sylvia Lade, Alan was a mill worker when he enlisted and at the time of his death on the 6th January 1945 he was a member of the crew of H.M.A.S. Australia.

From November 1943 to September 1944, “ Australia ”was involved in bombarding enemy held islands in the South West Pacific, prior to allied assaults, from Cape Gloucester in the New Britain area to Morotai in the Netherlands East Indies.

On 21 October 1944, after bombardments in Leyte Gulf in the Philippines , “ Australia ” was hit by a Japanese suicide plane. Six officers and 23 ratings were killed and her Commanding Officer, Captain E.F.V. Dechaineaux DSC RAN, later died of wounds. Nine officers, 52 ratings and one AIF soldier were wounded.

By 5 January 1945 she was back in action in the Lingayen Gulf covering the allied invasion of Luzon Island . Here she was subjected to repeated suicide attacks, this time there was no doubt of the Kamikaze nature of the Japanese planes. “ Australia ” was hit on 5, 6, 8 and 9 January, losing 3 officers and 41 ratings killed and 1 officer and 68 ratings wounded.















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