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#Name*First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir ForceCommandUnitDateofIncident *See NoteAircraftTypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring Database                        Notes                        Links/Archive Reports
17001 WheadonSydney JohnFlight Sergeant2213579Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command425 (Alouette) Sqn, RCAF
1944-02-25HalifaxIIILW431KW:UTholthorpe21:35AugsburgUnknownPoW/Killed by friendly fireBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery 6.B.19On the 19th April 1945 Typhoons strafed a PoW column near Gresse and amongst the many victims was Flt Sgt. Wheadon. He was initially buried in the Communal Cemetery at Gresse

Son of Sidney and Matilda Wheadon, of Salford, Lancashire.
17002 WhearJohn WillardFlight SergeantR6869816th January 1919 at Fort William, OntarioCanadianWireless Operator/ Air GunnerRCAFBomber Command142Sqn
1942-09-16WellingtonIVZ1380QT:ARAF Grimsby20:20EssenSee archive report for detailKiAReichswald War Cemetery, Grave 11 F 4Paradie Archive Database
17003 WheatleyL MSergeantRCAFBomber Command434Sqn RCAF
1943-11-18HalifaxVLK693IP-ATholthorpe1657Mannheim?PoWParadie Archive Database
17004 WheatleyRichard John AmbroseFlying OfficerJ16134CanadianNavigatorDFM
RCAFBomber Command83 Sqn
1944-05-10LancasterIIIND494OL:GConingsby22:28GennevilliersClaim by Walter Prues 7/NJG1 - 26km North East of Lisieux: 1,500m at 01:02. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 2 - Theo Boiten). The aircraft was hit by light flak at low level when passing close to Rouen homebound. Flt Lt. Meredith tried to gain height, but the Lancaster was attacked by a night fighter, which set the starboard wing on fire, and a crash-landing was carried out on a hillside between Rouen and Caen, about twenty miles short of the Normandy coast. (83 Squadron - Chris Ward)PoW No 5109, Stalag Luft 3Flt Sgt Wheatley was awarded DFM whilst with 207 Sqn. London Gazette 20th November 1942. Citation: 778287 Flight Sergeant William James ROSE, No. 207 Squadron. 1271000 Sergeant Ronald Sydney WILSON, No. 207 Squadron. Aus.408145 Sergeant John Henry LOVELL, Royal Australian Air Force, No. 207 Squadron. 1258979 Sergeant Arthur John PERRIN, No. 207 Squadron. Can./R.100368 Flight Sergeant Charles Woodrow Wilson PECK, Royal Canadian Air Force, No. 207 Squadron. As navigator, pilot, wireless operator/air gunner and rear gunner respectively, these airmen flew in an aircraft which took part in an attack on Le Creusot on 17th October, 1942. Shortly after taking off, engine trouble developed. Despite great efforts, Sergeant Wilson was unable to continue his mission and course was set for base. Near to the French coast, whilst flying at only 40 feet above the sea, the aircraft was attacked by three enemy float planes. In the face of a trying situation Sergeant Wilson displayed fine airmanship and, splendidly supported by his gunners whose skill destroyed two of them and drove off the third, he eventually flew the aircraft back to an aerodrome in this country. During the combat Flight Sergeant Rose coolly continued his duties and his subsequent navigation was of the greatest assistance to his pilot. Throughout, this crew displayed great courage, high skill and perfect teamwork.
17005 WheatleyColin HavelockSergeantJ/16324Born on the 20th June 1919CanadaObserverRCAFBomber Command22 Operational Training Unit. 6 Group1942-04-07WellingtonIcR1773Not known RAF Wellesbourne Mountford, Warwickshire 120Training See archive report for further brief details Seriously injured - killed later on 1943-11-24 with 37 SquadronSee LN329 - Milan War Cemetery. IV. B. 9

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17006 WheatleyColin HavelockFlight Lieutenant J/16324Born on the 20th June 1919CanadaObserverRCAFBomber Command37Sqn1943-11-23WellingtonXR1773LF-NDjedeida No. 1, Tunisia1930Turin See archive report for further brief details Killed Milan War Cemetery. IV. B. 9

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17007 WheatleyColin HavelockFlight Lieutenant J/16324Born on the 20th June 1919CanadaObserverRCAFBomber Command37Sqn1943-11-23WellingtonXLN329LF-NDjedeida No. 1, Tunisia1930Turin See archive report for further brief details Killed Milan War Cemetery. IV. B. 9

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17008 WheelerG HFlying OfficerRCAFBomber Command207Sqn
1943-02-25LancasterIED356EM-WLangar1950NurnbergCrashed at LudwigshafenKilledDurnbach War CemeteryParadie Archive Database
17009 WheelerM WSergeantRCAFBomber Command419Sqn RCAF
1944-03-29HalifaxIIHR912VR-FMiddleton St George1819VairesKilledRunnymede Paradie Archive Database
17010 WheelerJ WPilot OfficerRCAFBomber Command434Sqn RCAF
1944-02-15HalifaxVLK971WL-YCroft1719BerlinKilledRunnymede Paradie Archive Database
17011 WheelerJ E Pilot OfficerRCAFBomber Command434Sqn RCAF
1943-11-22HalifaxVLK953IP-CTholthorpe1642BerlinCrashed at BarsselermoorPoWParadie Archive Database
17012 WheelerC ESergeantRCAFBomber Command51Sqn
1941-10-24WhitleyVZ6874MH-Dishforth1737FrankfurtCrashed near Pihen-les-GuinesKilledPihen-les-GuinesParadie Archive Database
17013 WheelerJ AFlight SergeantRCAFBomber Command57Sqn
1944-02-19LancasterIIIND503DX-EEast Kirkby2357LeipzigCrashed near VolkseKilledHannover War Cemetery
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17014 WheelhouseClifford JamesSergeant175807Age 21Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command420Sqn RCAF
1944-04-20HalifaxIIILW692PT-VRAF Tholthorpe, North Yorkshire2113LensSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledGrandcourt War Cemetery. Grave E.4.Son of John Henry and Emily Alice Wheelhouse, of Stockton-on-Tees, Co. Durham, England
17015 WhelanJoseph William Beter PaulSergeantR/1713621924CanadianBomb AimerRCAFBomber Command425 (Alouette) Sqn RCAF
1944-04-24HalifaxIIILW591KW-TTholthorpe2140KarlsruheSee Archive report for detailsEvader Paradie Archive Database
17016 WhelanJ JSergeantRCAFBomber Command431Sqn RCAF
1943-12-29HalifaxVLK701SE-LCroftBerlin?KilledHannover War Cemetery
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17017 WhelerT RFlying OfficerPilotFighter411Sqn RCAF
1944-08-07SpitfireIXMK941RecceAbandoned near Lisieux
17018 WhellumLeslie KeithFlight Sergeant41754523rd June 1923 in Kensington, South AustraliaAustralianWireless Operator/Air GunnerRAAFBomber Command102 (Ceylon) Sqn
1944-06-28HalifaxIIINA502DY:SPocklington22:16BlainvilleNA502 was claimed by Maj. Paul Semrau, his 26th or 27th Abschuss and either his second or third of four this night, from Stab III./NJG2, in the Gisors-Gournay area at 3.200 m at 00:45 hrs. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (12 May 1944 - 23 July 1944) Part 3 - Theo Boiten). The aircraft came down 2 km NE of Ons-en-Bray (Oise) and 10 km west of Beauvais.PoW, 78442 Buchenwald, PoW No. 8123 Stalag Luft 3Whilst evading he was betrayed and arrested by the Gestapo then and taken to the Fresnes prison located to the south of Paris.  This was were French political prisoners were held and ordinarily Allied airmen, after questioning, were moved to a PoW Camp.  In the summer of 1944, with the Allies having liberated Paris and closing in, the Gestapo guards started reducing the prison population by execution, and then relocating surviving prisoners to various concentration camps east of France.

On the 15th August 1944 he was one of 169 Allied PoWs and hundreds of French men and women who were packed into a freight train and transported to Buchenwald concentration camp on a journey lasting five days.  Note: Fg Off. J.M. Stevenson C27788 RCAF escaped from the train and successfully evaded. Buchenwald was located 8 km north of Weimar, in the German province of Thüringen.

Sqn Ldr. Lamason and Fg Off. Chapman succeeded in getting all but two of the Allied PoWs transferred to Stalag Luft 3. Two airmen, 1st Lt. Levitt Clinton Beck Jr. O-736945, US AAF and Fg Off. Philip Derek Hermmens, 152583, RAFVR, died in the camp hospital.
17019 WhettonL MPilot OfficerBomber Command432Sqn RCAF
1943-09-22WellingtonXLN547QO-GSkipton on Swale1907Hannover?PoW
17020 WhighamR G MFlying OfficerBomber Command405Sqn RCAF
1941-07-24WellingtonIcW5551LQ-UPocklington1130BrestShot down at PloudanielKilledLesneven Communal
17021 JacksonRobert JamesSergeantR8390424th February 1921 in Toronto, OntarioCanada2nd PilotRCAFBomber Command20OTU
1942.01.19Wellington IcR1646RAF LossiemouthTrainingTook off on a cross-country flight and failed to return at the scheduled time. On or around the 19th February the police relayed a message to Lossiemouth indicating that the wreckage of an aircraft had been reported in the vicinity of Clunie Water (or Clunie Glen) near Braemar in Aberdeenshire.

Three days later, a service party struggled across the snow-covered countryside and confirmed that the remains were those of the Wellington. From evidence gathered at the scene it seemed likely that the bomber came down at around 12:50 hrs. Of the eight members of the crew six were recovered but only two had been identified. The remaining two crew members were recovered after the weather had permitted access to the crash site
KiADyce Old Churchyard Grave 13Son of James and Ella Maud (née Young) Jackson, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
17022 WhinfieldG A FSergeantRCAFBomber Command1664HCU
1944-10-14HalifaxIIHR802DishforthDuisburgKilledRunnymede Paradie Archive Database
17023 WhippleJohn WilliamFl/Sgt. W/Op. Air GunnerR/105760RCAFCoastal Command415Sqn RCAF
1943-04-03HampdenIL4084GX-RAF Thorney Island, HampshireTraining Crashed at Goose Green, near Arundel, Sussex KilledLittlehampton Cemetery, Sussex. Sec. D. Grave 4271Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
17024 WhippleJ APilot OfficerRCAFBomber Command426Sqn RCAF
1945-04-18Halifax VIIPN226OW-NLinton on Ouse952HeligolandReturned to base damaged Paradie Archive Database
17025 WhistonArthur JamesFlight LieutenantJ/8406PilotRCAFBomber Command408Sqn RCAF
1943-10-22LancasterIIDS778EQ-URAF Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire1756Kassel See archive report for further information KilledHanover War Cemetery. Collective grave 15.G.2-7Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
17026 WhitbreadDennis LawsonSergeant1624919Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command433Sqn RCAF
1944-05-08HalifaxIIIMZ828BM-H RAF Skipton-on-Swale, Yorkshire 1038St-Leu See Archive report for further details KilledKempston Cemetery. Block J. Grave 30 Read Archive Report
17027 WhitbyS ASergeantBomber Command428Sqn RCAF
1943-09-23HalifaxVEB207NA-BMiddleton St George1848Mannheimcrashed at UersfeldKilledRheinberg War Cemetery
17028 WhiteE FPilot OfficerRCAFBomber Command106Sqn
1942-10-15LancasterIW4195ZN-WSyerston1900KolnCrashed near ValburgPoWParadie Archive Database
17029 WhiteC SPilot OfficerRCAFBomber Command115Sqn
1941-09-26WellingtonIcR1332KO-XMarham1850EmdenDitched off Frisian IslandsKilledParadie Archive Database
17030 WhiteEarl DouglasSergeant Air GunnerR/200964RCAFBomber Command115Sqn
1944-07-17LancasterIIILM616KO-JRAF Witchford420Emieville (Operation Goodwood) Crashed at West End Farm, Great Offley, Hertfordshire on return KilledBrookwood Military Cemetery 52.F.8.Paradie Archive DatabaseRead Archive Report 3 Civilians within the farm house buildings also killed.
17031 WhiteD HSergeantRCAFBomber Command138Sqn (Special)
1943-09-14HalifaxIIHR666NF-ETempsford1753SOEShot down off Korsor DenmarkPoW Paradie Archive Database
17032 WhiteKFlying OfficerRCAFBomber Command149Sqn (East India)
1942-06-29StirlingIBF310OJ-HLakenheath.0025.BremenCrashed in IJsselmeer off HoornKilledAmsterdam New EasternParadie Archive Database
17033 WhiteD HPilot OfficerJ16896RCAFBomber Command149Sqn (East India)
1943-04-14StirlingIIIBF500OJ-MLakenheath2157StuttgartCrashed Belval FranceKilledBelval CommunalParadie Archive Database
17034 WhiteG PWarrant Officer Class 1RCAFBomber Command15Sqn
1944-01-27LancasterIED323LS-DMildenhall1750BerlinKilledRunnymede Paradie Archive Database
17035 WhiteErnest GriffithFlight SergeantR8593820th December 1918 in OntarioCanadianWireless Operator/Air GunnerRCAFBomber Command22OTU
1942-07-28WellingtonICX9696DD:ZWellesbourne Mountford22:04HamburgReason for loss unknown. Two unidentified Wellingtons were claimed by German night fighters on this mission.KilledKiel War Cemetery Coll.grave 5.C. 14-15
Paradie Archive DatabaseSon of Arthur Chandler and Elizabeth Ann (née Giles) White, of Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
17036 WhiteD ASergeantRCAFBomber Command26 OTU
1942-09-16WellingtonICDV941?-GWing2029EssenCrashed off Dutch coastKilledRunnymedeParadie Archive Database
17037 WhiteE KSergeantRCAFBomber Command405Sqn RCAF
1943-07-25HalifaxIIHR864LQ-MGransden Lodge2146EssenCrashed at Ten Boer HollandKilledTen Boer Paradie Archive DatabaseAttacker
17038 WhiteJ DWarrant OfficerR91819RCAFBomber Command405Sqn RCAF
1943-04-03HalifaxIIDT808LQ-VLeeming1958EssenShot down near Vierlingsbeek Holland KilledGroesbeek Canadian War Cementery Paradie Archive Database
17039 WhiteJ GFlying OfficerRCAFBomber Command408Sqn RCAF
1944-03-30LancasterIILL633EQ-LLinton on Ouse2204NurnbergCrashed GerolzhofenPoWParadie Archive Database
17040 WhiteC HFlight SergeantRCAFBomber Command408Sqn RCAF
1945-04-18Halifax VIINP776EQ-RLinton on Ouse1019HeligolandKilledRunnymedeParadie Archive Database
17041 WhiteRFlying OfficerJ/3253RCAFFighter418Sqn RCAF
1942-06-23BostonIIIW8394Night IntruderKilledAmsterdam New Eastern Cemetery NetherlandsParadie Archive Database
17042 WhiteC CSergeantRCAFBomber Command419Sqn RCAF
1944-06-12LancasterXKB714VR-YMiddleton St George2135CambraiCrashed at Courcelette {Somme}KilledMeharicourt Communal Cemetery Paradie Archive Database
17043 WhiteR GFlight SergeantRCAFBomber Command419Sqn RCAF
1944-08-27LancasterXKB724VR-KMiddleton St George1743MimoyecquesCrash landed at Appleton Wiske Yorkshire on take off Paradie Archive Database
17044 WhiteLloyd ErnestFlight SergeantR/8739010 Aug 1921CanadianPilotRCAFBomber Command420Sqn RCAF
1942-10-15WellingtonIIIX3808PT-BMiddleton St George1852KolnPossible claim by Lt Erich Gollasch 12/NJG1 - Sea 30km North West of Vlieland (Salzhering or Tiger): 800m at 2321 hrs. The aircraft may have been claimed by Flak of IV Zug 2/lei Res Flak Abt 988 and light Marine Flak (Wellington North of Juist in sea 2105 hrs)KilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 107 Paradie Archive Database Son of Herbert W. and Lillian White, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
17045 WhiteR CSergeantRCAFBomber Command424Sqn RCAF
1943-04-03WellingtonXHE367QB-TrainingOvershot Topcliffe Paradie Archive Database
17046 WhiteRobert JohnFlying OfficerJ/17506CanadaNavigatorDFM

RCAFBomber Command427Sqn RCAF
1944-03-30HalifaxIIILV898ZL-DLeeming2220Nurnberg Shot down by a night fighter and crashed over Herhahn whilst on a bombing raid to Nuremberg. Crashed Herhohn Killed Age 26Rheinberg War Cemetery
Paradie Archive Database Halifax LV898, piloted by Squadron Leader J. M. Bissett, DFM was detailed to attack Nuremberg, as part of the main force of 795 aircraft, and was shot down by an enemy night-fighter and crashed at Herhahn, 4km north west of Schleiden, on 30-31 March 1944. All the crew were killed.

The raid on Nuremberg on the night of 30-31 March 1944 was the blackest night for Bomber Command in the whole of the War, with some 96 aircraft lost. 'The Bomber Command War Diaries' by Martin Middlebrook gives the following account: ‘This would normally have been the moon and stand down period for the main bomber force but a raid on the distant target of Nuremberg (8 hours round trip) was planned on the basis of a forecast predicting protective high cloud on the outward route. 795 aircraft were despatched. The German Controller ignored all diversions and assembled his fighters at 2 radio beacons which happened to be astride the route to Nuremberg. The first night fighters appeared just before the bombers reached the Belgian border and a fierce battle in the moonlight lasted for the next hour. 82 bombers were lost on the outward route. The action was much reduced on the return flight, when most of the night fighters had had to land but 96 bombers were lost in total, the largest Bomber Command loss of the war. The main raid over Nuremberg was a failure, the city was covered in thick cloud and a fierce cross wind which developed on the final target approach made the Pathfinder aircraft move too far to the East, little damage was caused. Subsequent research showed that 120 aircraft had bombed Schweinfurt, 50 miles to the North West of Nuremberg and that there had been a 10 mile ‘creep back’ in the main bombing.’ Three Halifax’s from 427 Squadron were lost in the raid with only two crew members surviving. 'The Nuremberg Raid' by Martin Middlebrook gives additional information onLV898: ‘At least nine flight commanders went missing, all killed. 427Sqn lost both A and B flight commanders- Squadron Leader’s Bissett, DFM, and Laird, DFC both Manitobans. Bissett’s crew had already caused anxiety on the squadron when starting their second tour by their apparent unconcern at the importance of keeping on course and his loss was not unexpected. In fact, Bissett’s Halifax had crashed almost exactly on track south of Aachen.’
17047 WhiteV MFlying OfficerJ22537RCAFBomber Command427Sqn RCAF
1943-06-24HalifaxVDK135ZL-Leeming2307WuppertalCrashed WSW RotterdamPoW Paradie Archive Database
17048 WhiteJFlight SergeantR114141RCAFBomber Command428Sqn RCAF
1943-05-04WellingtonXHE727NA-KDalton2234DortmundCrashed at WilnisKilledRunnymedeParadie Archive Database
17049 WhiteT HWarrant OfficerR100561RCAFBomber Command428Sqn RCAF
1943-04-14WellingtonXHE176NA-FDalton2114StuttgartCrashed FreiburgPoW Paradie Archive Database
17050 WhiteW GFlight SergeantRCAFBomber Command434Sqn RCAF
1945-03-15LancasterXKB835WL-JCroft1631HagenCrashed at Landen [Brabant]KilledHasselt [Kruisveld] Communal CemeteryParadie Archive Database

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