THE RAF’s most decorated wartime gunner has died at 87, it was announced yesterday. Flying Officer Wallace McIntosh flew 55 deadly missions as a rear gunner in Lancaster bombers and downed eight Nazi fighters. He won the Distinguished Flying Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross twice and was one of only three men to get a congratulatory telegram from bomber commander Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris. His greatest feat came exactly 63 years ago, on June 7 1944, when he shot down THREE enemy planes on a raid to help troops advancing after D-Day. RAF spokesman Michael Mulford said: “When the nation needed heroes he didn’t let us down. Anyone who flew in Lancasters knew the odds were against them.” Scots-born Wallace flew from Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire with 207 Squadron, which lost 1,007 aircrew. In a 2003 book Gunning For The Enemy he said he joined the RAF to escape poverty as a farmhand. He died of lung cancer at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and is survived by three children.