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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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09.03.1942 137 Squadron Whirlwind P7036 P/O. De-Shane

Operation: Training

Date: 9th March 1942

Unit: No. 137 Squadron

Type: Westland Whirlwind

Serial: P7036

Base: RAF Matlaske, Norfolk.

Location: White Horse Common, North Walsham, Norfolk

Pilot: P/O. Charles Wilbert De-Shane J/15148 RCAF Age 20. Killed


Not many details available on this loss.

It seems that it went into a spin and crashed south-east of North Walsham, at White Horse Common, Norfolk. If anyone has further information and or photographs we would be interested to hear from you? 

Above and left Scottow Cemetery - visited by Aircrew Remembered in May 2013

Burial Details:

P/O. Charles Wilbert De-Shane. Scottow Cemetery, Norfolk. Grave 264. Son of Joseph and Florence Emaline De-Shane, of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Researched and dedicated to relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied, Les Allison and Harry Hayward - 'They Shall Grow Not Old', Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Anyone who wishes a large size copy of either the grave or Cemetery we would be pleased to email you a copy free of charge.

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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