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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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128 Squadron Crest
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

Serial: RV306

Code: M5-U

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


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.

Burial details:

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.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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