They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


David Allison Killam, D.S.C.


Lieutenant, O-38960, RCNVR


Born: 08 Nov 1917, Vancouver, British Columbia


Died: 03 Jul 1944 at sea


Book of Remembrance


KILLAM, David Allison, Lt, RCNVR, MPK - 03 Jul 1944, MTB-460 - Son of Lawrence and Edith (nee Humphrey) Killam, of Vancouver, British Columbia. Brother of Kim, Margaret, Lol and Ralph Killam. Husband of Elizabeth K. Killam, of Vancouver, British Columbia.


Lieutenant D. A. Killam was reported missing, presumed killed when his boat HMC MTB 460 (motor torpedo boat) was lost. He was last seen clinging to a gas tank bobbing in the English Channel while other members of his crew were being picked up by another MTB. Despite a 90 minute search by the MTB the rescues saw no further glimpse of Lieutenant Killam or of the eight other men listed as missing as a result of the explosion.


The province of British Columbia honoured Flight Sergeant Killam by naming Mount Killam, north of West Bay on Gambier Island, Howe Sound, New Westminster Land District.


Citation for Award of DSC:  KILLAM, David Allison, Sub-Lieutenant, Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) - Awarded as per London Gazette of 2 August 1940. "For courage and resource in withdrawal of troops in neighbourhood of Le Havre."


Ships served in:

* Enlisted 18 Mar 1940

ML 272 (Royal Navy Motor Launch) - Served in ML-272 26 May 1941 - 21 Jan 1943.

MTB-460 - Appointed to MTB-460 25 Feb 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR, Commanding Officer







(DK01-DK02) Record of Service

(DK03-DK04) Telegram and letter to Lt Killam's wife

(DK05) Newpaper article on the award of the DSC to Lt Killam



Second World War Casualty Index