07/08.03.1945 No. 128 Squadron Mosquito XV1 RV306 M5-U Sq/Ldr. Armstrong
Operation: Berlin, Germany
Date: 7/8th March 1945 (Wednesday/Thursday)
Unit: No. 128 Squadron
Type: Mosquito Mk. XVI
Base: RAF Wyton, Huntingdonshire
Location: Gilze-Rijen Airfield, Holland
Pilot: Sq/Ldr. John David Armstrong J/5707 RCAF Age 31. Killed
Nav: F/O. William Edward Whyte J/42207 RCAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
On return to the base at RAF Wyton one of the engines failed. The crew then decided to land at the B.77 Gilze-Rijen, airbase.
Eye witnesses stated that the aircraft made a downwind approach but crashed whilst trying to go round again.
Sq/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.
F/O. William Edward Whyte. Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland Grave: 8.D.11. Understood to be from Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - March 2017. Gave photographs courtesy of Astrid, the remainder from the Michel Beckers collection.