07/08.03.1945 128 Squadron Mosquito XV1 RV306 M5:U Sqn.Ldr. Armstrong
Operation: Berlin, Germany
Date: 7/8th March 1945 (Wednesday/Thursday)
Unit: 128 Squadron
Type: Mosquito Mk. XVI
Base: RAF Wyton, Huntingdonshire
Location: Gilze-Rijen Airfield (B.77), Holland
Pilot: Sqn.Ldr. John David Armstrong J5707 RCAF Age 31. Killed
Nav: Fg.Off. William Edward Whyte J42207 RCAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
On returning to base on just the port engine, the crew decided to land at Gilze-Rijen (B.77) airfield in Holland. Eye witnesses state the Mosquito made a download approach and crashed while trying to go round again.
Sqn.Ldr. John David Armstrong. Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland Grave: 8.D.12. Son of Claude Hickman Beer Armstrong and Winnifred Russell Armstrong and husband of Hilda Armstrong, of Victoria, British Columbia.
Fg.Off. William Edward Whyte from his service record
Fg.Off. William Edward Whyte. Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland Grave: 8.D.11. Son of Frederick and Edith (née Gartley) Whtte of Ontario, Montreal.
Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - March 2017. Grave photographs courtesy of Astrid, the remainder from the Michel Beckers collection.