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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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183 Squadron Crest
01.01.1945 No. 183 Squadron Typhoon Ib EK947 HF-E Fl/Lt. Donald Webber

Operation: Unknown

Date: 1st January 1945 (Monday)

Unit: No. 183 Squadron

Type: Typhoon 1b

Serial: EK497

Code: HF-E

Location: Gilze Rijen Airfield, Holland

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Donald Webber 138091 RAFVR Age 31. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Shot down in error by a USAAF P-51 Mustang over Gilze Rijen airfield at 15:00 hrs.

Hawker Typhoon 1b EK497 photographed here before entering squadron service, it was used as a trials aircraft by Hawkers. Seen here in August 1943 with eight 60 lb. rocket projectiles. It then moved to A and AEE before moving to 183 squadron.

Burial Details:

Fl/Lt. Donald Webber. Venray War Cemetery, Holland. Plot 8. Row 7. Grave 3. Son of William John and Martha Elizabeth Webber, husband of Winifred Margaret Webber, of Bowden, Cheshire, England. Grave inscription reads ‘Death Has Made His Darkness Beautiful With Thee.’

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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