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28.12.1944 No. 2 FIS Airspeed Oxford II ED188 F/O. Arthur Whiteley

Operation: Training

Date: 28th December 1944 (Thursday)

Unit: No. No. 2 Flying Instructors School

Type: Airspeed Oxford II

Serial: ED188

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Montrose

Location: Meadows Farm, Near Brechin, Scotland

Pilot: F/O. Arthur Whiteley DFC 172174 RAFVR Age 24. Killed

Pilot 2: Sgt. Harold Gibson Black 1517655 RAFVR Age 23. Killed


A call was received that this aircraft had crashed at Meadows Farm some 15 miles south west of Brechin at 13:05 hrs. The aircraft was discovered shortly afterwards at 14:15 hrs when they also discovered the bodies of the two aircrew.

It is said that the aircraft hit a tree whilst carrying out low level manoeuvres. We welcome any further information on this loss.

Burial details:

F/O. Arthur Whiteley DFC. Manchester Southern Cemetery. Sec. S. C. of E. Grave 266. Son of William Arthur Seaton Whiteley and Athalie Jessie Whiteley, of Didsbury, Manchester, England. DFC Awarded during service with 619 Squadron.

Sgt. Harold Gibson Black. Carnmoney Cemetery. Sec. D.D. Grave 200. Son of Harold Eveleigh Black and Agnes Black, of Whitehead, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Mike Berrell for grave photo and advising us of this loss - December 2016. Also thanks to the RAF Commands Forum for information. Other sources indicated below.

KTY - 05.12.2016

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