25.08.1944 No. 164 Squadron Typhoon Ib MN711 FJ-Z Fl/Sgt. Ronald A.E. White
Date: 25th August 1944 (Friday)
Unit: No. 164 Squadron
Type: Typhoon Ib
Base: RAF Martragny (B7)
Location: Vatteville-La-Rue, West of Rouen, France.
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Ronald Albert Edward White 1323288 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Relatives of the pilot would very much like to hear from anyone who’s relatives who may have served with him - please contact us in the first instance.
REASON FOR LOSS:
One of three Typhoons lost this day whilst attacking tanks and military transport with rockets. No details as to cause of loss but crashed in flames at the location described.
The others from 164 Squadron lost:
Typhoon Ib PD457 Flown by Sq/Ldr. Ian Dousland Waddy DFC. NZ/402915 RNZAF - taken PoW.
Typhoon Ib MN588 Flown by 23 year old George Raymond Trafford NZ/412001 RNZAF - Killed
The memorial stone was laid close to where the plane came down. He was shot down on the 25th August but his body was only recovered on the 29th August when British Troops overran the Germans and Liberated the village. His memory is honoured on the 29th August every year in Vatteville-La-Rue with many locals attending. (courtesy Alan White)
Fl/Sgt. Ronald Albert Edward White. St. Sver Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France. Block "S". Plot 4. Row P. Grave 8. Son of Frederick James White and Matilda Ada White, of Tilbury, Essex, England.
Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to Alan White, nephew of the pilot, for photograph of memorial.