1st.PRU RAF serial BP889 P/O Gavin William Walker (24) 27.09 1942P/O G.W."Sleepy Walker" took off from Vaenga (Russia) on a photo recce mission as part of "Operation Orator". His mission this day
P/O Walker was part of a 3 PRU Spitfire detachment based at Vaenga. Their task were to monitor Tirpitz and other German vessels as part of Operation Orator. The rondels on the Spitfires were replaced with the Russian Red Star. The other two pilots were F/O Furniss and F/L Fairhurst. The Spitfires flew twelve sorties over Northern Norway. When their duties were finished, the three Spitfires were handed over to the Russians.
In June 1946 the grave was discovered by the RAF Missing Research and Enquiry Service (MRES). The F-24 camera was also found among the wreckage. They exhumed the remains and sent them to Tromsø Cemetery. In 1997 it was confirmed that they were the remains of P/O Walker.
Linzee, Morten & Kjell. Lakselv 19.08 2006