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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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541 Squadron Crest
24.12.1944 No. 541 Squadron Spitfire XI. PL919 Fl/Lt. Whaley DFC

Operation: Photo reconnaissance

Date: 24th December 1944 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 541 Squadron (106 Group)

Type: Spitfire PR.XI.

Serial: PL919

Code: Q-?

Base: RAF Benson, Oxfordshire

Location: Bleialf, Germany

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Noel Patrick Whaley DFC. NZ/412773 RNZAF Age 24. Killed


Taking off from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire at 10:55 hours to cover the area around Treir - failed to return.

Post war search discovered that the pilot had initially been buried at Bleialf cemetery in the area of his loss, but then finally to Hotton War Cemetery.

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. Noel Patrick Whaley DFC. Hotton War Cemetery. Grave V111.F.12. The son of Edward Gravener Whaley, and of Florence May Whaley (née Patterson), of Auckland, New Zealand. A total of 936 flying hours logged. Also served with 170 Squadron.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Cenotaph, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

KTY - 12.09.2017

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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