Birth: September 12, 1925
Death: March 5, 1945
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Number: 1899394
Family: Son of Herbert and Caroline Florence Wager, of Harold Wood, Essex.
Grave: Runnymede Memorial, Panel 277
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
From Joy(ce) Radley (sister of Donald Wager)
My brother Don(ald) Wager, RAF Service No. 1899394 was born in Hackney, East London on September 12th 1925 to parents Caroline and Herbert. He enlisted on the 25th October 1943, aged 18 after learning that his elder brother Geoff, also an airman had been reported missing in May of that year. After training he was assigned in 1944 to 170 Squadron at Helmswell and he flew on a number of missions in a Lancaster as a mid-upper gunner before the fatal one on 5th March 1945. His death is recorded on a plaque in the Memorial Hall at Harold Wood in Essex.
I have fond memories that prior to enlistment he enjoyed energetic long distance cycle riding and he was very interested in natural history and held a pass for regular visits to London Zoo. He was artistic and enjoyed sketching animals.
Don was a much loved member of our family and my parents had great difficulty in coming to terms with the loss of their two eldest boys. They long lived in hope that the two of them were merely missing and would one day come walking home. For many years they remained in regular contact with the Australian family of John Joseph McNally, a crew member friend of Don’s. Our father died in 1970 but Mum outlived him, and was 96 when she died in 1990.