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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring DatabaseLinks/Archive Reports                        Notes                        
1651 WhitefordRobertSergeant W/Op. Air Gunner1366140RAFVRBomber Command101 Sqd
1945-02-01LancasterIII JA715SR-C RAF Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire 1544LudwigshafenCollided with Lancaster ME863 SR-K and crashed near SornevilleSurvived - minor injuriesNone - Survived the war Read Archive Report
1652 WhiteheadWilfredFlight Sergeant1511705Age 21Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command103 Sqd
1945-03-16LancasterING492PM-DElsham Wolds1714NurnbergSee archive report for further detailsKilledDurnbach War Cemetery Collective grave 11.J.17-20Read Archive Report
1653 WhiteheadNormanSergeant1213624Air/BmrRAFVRBomber Command218 Sqd
1943-01-27StirlingIN6077HA-VRAF Downham Market, Norfolk1703Gardening See archive report for further details KilledHannover War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3. A11-17
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1654 WhitehurstDouglas ArthurFlight Sergeant421779AustraliaRAAF3 Refresher Flying RAF1944-05-16RAAF Honour Roll
1655 WhiteleyArthurFlying Officer172174PilotDFC

RAFVRBomber CommandNo. 2 Flying Instructors School1944-12-28Airspeed OxfordIIED188Not knownRAF Montrose1305Training exerciseSee archive report for detailsKilledManchester Southern Cemetery. Sec. S. C. of E. Grave 266 Read Archive Report
1656 WhitingtonArthur RexSergeant416028AustraliaRAAF11 (PilotS) Advanced Flying RAF1942-05-02RAAF Honour Roll
1657 WhitleyJames WoodburnSergeant 9780301921 at Chorlton, LancashireBritishAir GunnerRAFVRBomber Command550 Sqd
1944-03-30LancasterIIILM425BQ-N RAF North Killingholme, Lincolnshire 2145NürnbergCrashed Barrage de la GileppeKilledHeverlee War Cemetery. Grave 5B.18. Read Archive Report
1658 WhitlockRobertPilot Officer163028Age 29Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command10 Sqd1941-06-09WhitleyVZ6932ZA-?RAF Leeming, YorkshireAir test See archive report for further brief details Injured Killed later on 1944-16-06Sidon War Cemetery. Grave 3.G.13. Son of Arthur and Amy Whitlock, of Knightsbridge, London, England Read Archive Report
1659 WhittinghamJohn ArthurFlying Officer1025671914PilotRAFVRBomber Command78 Sqd
1942-06-25HalifaxIIW1067EY-Middleton St George2300BremenClaim by Uffz Heinz Vinke 5/NJG2 IJsselmeer North of Molkwerum at 0042. Crashed into the IJsselmeerKilledHemelumer Oldefred (Koudum) General Cemetery Plot A Row 1 Grave 18Son of John Edmund and Lilian Ellen Whittingham, of Putney, London
1660 WhittleGeoffrey RexSergeant18517391924.11.23Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command76 Sqd
1944-06-02HalifaxIIILK783MP-CHolme on Spalding Moor2241TrappesCrashed Treon {Eure-et-Loir}KilledDreux Communal Cemetery. Row 1. Coll. grave 1-4.He was the eldest of five children of Frank and Annie Louisa (née Matthews) Whittle living in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England.
Archive Report
1661 WhyteArthur HughSergeant1399865Air Gunner (Mid Upper)RAFVRBomber Command103 Sqn
1945-03-07LancasterIII JA857PM:MElsham Wolds17:01DessauShot down at approx 22:00 hours at Großneuhausen, some 3km from the airfield at Kölleda.

Possible claim by either Hptm. Ernst-Georg Drünkler (1.NJG5 NE Erfurt) or Oblt. Peter Spoden (6.NJG6 50-60 km SSW Dessau) (Nachtjagd War Diaries Volume 2 (April 1944 - May 1945) - Dr Theo E.W. Boiten & Roderick J. Mackenzie)
KilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 277Husband of Doris Ethel Whyte, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1662 WilbyGeorge ArthurFlight Sergeant Air Gunner1590994RAFVRBomber Command156 Sqd
1944-06-23LancasterIIIJB230GT-SRAF Upwood, Cambridgeshire2354CoubronneCrashed at Zuytpeene {Nord}KilledZuytpeene Churchyard Row C Grave 3 Read Archive Report
1663 WildsmithPercy ArthurSergeant936016Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command207 Sqd
1944-08-15LancasterILM263EM-NRAF Spilsby, Lincolnshire959Dealen Luftwaffe airfield See archive report for further details KilledArnhem Moscowa General Cemetery. Grave 35 Read Archive Report
1664 WilkinsonRobertFlying Officer149065Age 22Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command103 Sqd
1945-03-16LancasterING492PM-DElsham Wolds1714NurnbergSee archive report for further detailsKilledDurnbach War Cemetery Collective grave 11.J.17-20Read Archive Report
1665 WilkinsonArthur MorleySergeantR/182329Air/GnrRCAFBomber Command115 Sqd
1943-12-29LancasterIIDS834KO-FRAF Witchford, Cambridgeshire1728Berlin See archive report for full details KilledTungelroij Roman Catholic Cemetery Row 1. Grave 1Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
1666 WilksArthur AlexanderFlying Officer1652947Age 29UKAir BomberRAFVRBomber Command103 Sqd
1944-05-27LancasterIIIND925PM-CRAF Elsham Wolds2343AachenTook off from RAF Elsham Wolds at 23:42. Claim by Maj Wilhelm Herget Stab I/NJG4 - West of Vlissingen in sea (LG 1): 3,800m at 03:17. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 3 - Theo Boiten) Blew up near Eggevaartskapelle, Belgium 6km South East of Veurne. Courtesy John JonesKilledEggevaartskapelle Churchyard Collective GraveSon of William Aubrey and Theresa Catherine Edwards, of Canton, Cardiff. Grave inscription: 'Requiescant In Pace'.
1667 WilksArthur G.Flight SergeantR/211126CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1945-05-14TyphoonIbRB446F3-B.150 HustedtRecceFuel starvation when switching from long range tanks to internal fuel. Belly landed near Flensburg Luftwaffe airfield.Slight injuriesAccident report
1668 WillcoxArthur JackPilot Officer424499AustraliaRAAF111 OTU RCAF1943-12-22RAAF Honour Roll
1669 WilliamsArthur Richard VaughanFlying Officer332931916ObserverRAFBomber Command37 Sqd
1939-12-18WellingtonIaN2904LF-BFeltwellReconnaisance Last reported with the Starboard wing burning furiously and heading out to sea off Wilhelmshaven, Germany. KilledBecklingen War Cemetery Grave 26 C. 13. Son of Arthur and Amy Stella Vaughan Williams. Husband of Elizabeth Deborah Margaret Vaughan Williams.

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1670 WilliamsArthur James HeppelSergeant1112414W/Op/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command11 Operational Training Unit (‘C’ Flight)1943-03-15WellingtonICX9792KJ-QRAF Westcott, Buckinghamshire1654Training exercise See archive report for further details KilledConwy Churchyard (St. Agnes) Sec. C. Grave 81 Read Archive Report
1671 WilliamsHenry AlbertSergeant1801135NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command166 Sqd
1943-12-16LancasterIIIJB639AS-SRAF Kirmington, Lincolnshire1620BerlinCrashed at Little Walk Farm, Thornton Curtis, Lincolnshire on returnKilledBeckenham Crematorium and Cemetery. St. John's Sec. 353/354/ Grave 19339 Read Archive Report
1672 WilliamsLeonardSergeant1095530Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command35 Sqd
1944-12-24LancasterIIIPB366TL-SRAF Graveley, Cambridgeshire1535Koln See archive report for further details KilledStaveley Cemetery. Sec. K.K. Grave 30
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1673 WilliamsMark Arthur LetheringtonSquadron Leader40584PilotRAFVRBomber Command427 Sqd RCAF
1943-01-15WellingtonIIIBK364ZL-GRAF Croft, Yorkshire1702Lorient See Archive report for further details KilledGuidel Communal Cemetery. Row 2. Collective grave 15-18 Read Archive Report
1674 WilliamsTracy Arthur ThomasPilot OfficerJ/1890820 Jan 1922CanadianAir GunnerRCAFBomber Command78 Sqd
1943-08-23HalifaxIIJD248EY-JBreighton2024BerlinShot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Netzow, 11 km NNE of HavelbergKilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, 2.E.9 Paradie Archive Database Son of Arthur Dougal Williams and Topsy Phyllis Williams, of Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada
1675 WilliamsLeslie ArthurFlight SergeantNZ/422082PilotRNZAF2nd Tactical Air Force13 Operational Training Unit1944-11.06MosquitoFB.VIHJ669Not knownRAF Harwell, Berkshire1135TrainingSee archive report for further detailsKilledOxford Cemetery (Botley) Plot H/3. Grave 76Read Archive Report
1676 WilliamsDerek GordonFlight Lieutenant151596ObserverDFC

RAFVRBomber Command139 Sqn (Jamaica)
1945-01-02MosquitoXXKB222XD:RUpwood16:40BerlinCrashed at Natho, 10km ESE of Zerbst.KilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery 5.C.18Son of Arthur Edward and Hannah Mary Williams, of Penylan, Cardiff.

DFC Gazetted 14th September 1944, 139 Sqn, with effect from 1st January 1945 (since deceased)
1677 WilliamsFrederick ArthurSergeant1295227Age 34W/op/Air/GnrRAFVRBomber Command149 Sqd
1943-05-25StirlingIIIBK710OJ-ARAF Lakenheath, Suffolk2344DusseldorfSee archive report for further brief detailsMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial Panel 170Son of George Frederick and Mary J. Williams; husband of Phoebe May Williams, of Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England
1678 WilliamsPeter CharlesFlight Sergeant1322617ObserverRAFVRBomber Command515 Sqn
1945-03-18MosquitoVINS9573P:?L Snoring00:35BSPatrol Kitzingen airfield. Collided over Belgium with 425 sqn Halifax III MZ495. Both aircraft crashed near Ciney (Namur), 14km ENE of Dinant.KilledHotton War Cemetery Coll.grave I.C.1-7Son of Arthur Evelyn and Gwendoline Mary Williams; husband of Dorothy Williams, of Hull
1679 WilliamsArthur RolandWarrant Officer421484AustraliaRAAF159 Sqd RAF
1945-01-31RAAF Honour Roll
1680 WilliamsArthur LloydSergeant401019AustraliaRAAF450 Sqd RAAF
1942-05-22RAAF Honour Roll
1681 WilliamsArthur EdwardLeading Aircraftman439507AustraliaRAAF5 Service Flying Training School Uranquinty1944-04-18RAAF Honour Roll
1682 WilliamsArthur HenryFlight Sergeant427164AustraliaRAAF51 Sqd RAF
1944-03-31RAAF Honour Roll
1683 WilliamsCilmyn George LanePilot Officer45542PilotDFMRAFCoastal Command217 Sqd1941-02-15BeaufortIL9784MW-RSt. Eval, Cornwall1640Admiral Hipper See archive report for further brief details Missing - believed killed Runnymede Memorial. Panel 35. Son of Arthur Solomon Williams and Ada Lane Williams and husband of Violet Williams. Read Archive Report
1684 WillmottAnthony PatrickPilot Officer1594681922PilotRAFVRBomber Command627 Sqn
1944-02-01MosquitoIVDZ551AZ:EOakington18:13BerlinCrashed near HannoverKilledHanover War Cemetery 2.H.16
Son of Arthur Stanley Willmott and Marjorie Joyce Willmott, of Lustleigh, Devon
1685 WillsStanley ArchibaldSergeant13832341921Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command218 Sqd
1942-09-01StirlingIN3714HA-QDownham Market2346SaarbruckenClaim by Hptm Walter Ehle Stab II/NJG1 - Mosseghem between Brussels-Leuven: 4,000m at 04:13. Crashed Sterrebeek 9km ENE from the centre of BrusselsKilledNossegem Communal Cemetery Collective Grave 1-5Son of Arthur W. Wills, and of Sarah Ann Wills, of Hornchurch, Essex
1686 WillsArthur ReginaldSergeant402430AustraliaRAAF458 Sqd RAAF
1942-02-16RAAF Honour Roll
1687 WilmhurstErnest ArthurSergeant941200Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command1654 Heavy Conversion Unit (5 Group)1944-05-11StirlingIIILJ524HRAF Wigsley, Nottinghamshire253Training See archive report for further details KilledBottesford Churchyard (St. Peter Ad Vincula) Read Archive Report
1688 WilsonKenneth SPilot Officer81026PilotRAFBomber Command149 Sqd
1941-01-12WellingtonIcT2807OJ-?RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk2130near Venice Beach, ItalySee archive report for detailsPoW No. 2547 Stalag Luft 3 Sagen and BellariaNone - thought to have survived the war Read Archive Report
1689 WilsonEdwardLAC550920W/Op/Air/GunnerRAFCoastal Command217 Sqd1940-02-06AnsonIK8746MW-ORAF St. Eval, Cornwall740Convoy Patrol See archive report for further details Safe - Picked up by HMS VimyNone - survived the war Read Archive Report
1690 WilsonErnest GeorgeFlight SergeantR/76046Age 23CanadianWireless Op/Air GunnerRCAFBomber Command214 Sqd
1942-07-02StirlingIBF313BU-TRAF Stradishall, Suffolk0150BremenShot down by night fighter of 4./NJG 2. Crashed at Westernieland, NL.KilledWesternieland General Cemetery, De Marne, Grave N.469.Accident reportSon of Arthur W. and Cassie Curran Wilson, of Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. Labouer and Truck Driver. Grave inscription: 'Grave inscription: 'He Giveth His Loved Ones Sleep'. Enlisted on the 10th October 1941
1691 WilsonRobert ArthurSergeant1602530Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command103 Sqn
1944-05-03LancasterIIIND411PM:JElsham Wolds22:08Mailly-le-CampHit by 1-4/gem Flak Abt 593. Crashed Beauchert at 01:05. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 2 - Theo Boiten)KilledBeauchery-St-Martin Communal Cemetery Grave 4.
Lancaster ND411, piloted by Pilot Officer J. E. Holden, was shot down and crashed over Beauchery-St-Martin, whilst on a bombing raid to the German military base at Mailly-Le-Camp, on 3-4 May 1944. All the crew were killed. The Bomber Command War Diaries by Martin Middlebrook states: ‘Late on 3 May 1944, 346 Lancasters of 1 and 5 Groups along with pathfinder Mosquitoes attacked the large German military base at Mailly-Le-Camp. The control of this raid in the target area failed to operate according to plan. The initial low level markers were accurate and well backed up by Lancaster marker aircraft. The Marker leader (Wing Commander G. L. Cheshire) ordered the main force to come in and bomb but the main force Controller (Wing Commander L. C. Deane) could not transmit the order to do so to the waiting Lancasters because his VHF set was being drowned by an American Forces Broadcast and his transmitter was wrongly tuned. German fighters arrived during the delay and bomber casualties were heavy.

The main attack eventually started when Deputy Controller (Squadron Leader E. N. M. Sparks) took over. Approximately 1500 tons of bombs were dropped with great accuracy. 114 barrack buildings, 47 transport sheds and some ammunition buildings in the camp were hit; 102 vehicles including 37 tanks were destroyed 218 German soldiers were killed and 156 were injured. Most of the casualties were Panzer NCO’s. There were no French casualties but some were killed when Lancaster ND411 was shot down and crashed on their house.’ This aircraft was homeward after the raid but North of its tracked course. There has been some dispute over French soldier deaths held in the barracks.

The Australian Government publication, Invasion to Victory April 1944 to May 1945, states: ‘The people of Beauchery-St-Martin, a little village to the South East of Paris, also had good reason to remember the night of 4-5 May 1944. Rachel De Boisgelin, the American born wife of a local landowner, was woken up by the noise: “Many of us living near were awakened by a tremendous roar of motors, by firing and then the sky was lighted up for miles around by explosions. But at that time the Germans were masters here and anyone who stepped out of a house before five in the morning risked being shot. By the noise and the glow in the sky, when the planes came down the Germans knew what had happened and they were looking at everything before anyone else. It gives me grief to tell these painful details but the planes caught fire which made identification of those who were in them extremely difficult” RAAF Flight Sergeant Clifford Gay was in one of the planes, Lancaster ND411 of 103 Squadron. Two Lancasters came down very near to each other and of the 15 crew only one survived. The remains of the others were placed in five coffins and were buried by the villagers in a collective grave in the Beauchery Communal Cemetery.’

A local teacher, Simone Rustang wrote to the sister of Sergeant James Moore, the flight engineer in ND411: ‘Never has our village seen such a big crowd - 1800 to 2000 people. At that lovely time of the year there were plenty of lilacs and lilies of the valley also tulips and rarer flowers. The five coffins disappeared under the tulips and whilst they were all being taken to their last resting place in this peaceful corner of the cemetery where the grass often grows, we were thinking of their families who might be thinking of them alive somewhere in Europe.’
1692 WilsonJames ArthurCorporal9164AustraliaRAAF24 Sqd RAAF
1942-01-19RAAF Honour Roll
1693 WilsonNeville ArthurPilot Officer420310AustraliaRAAF455 Sqd RAAF
1944-05-01RAAF Honour Roll
1694 WilsonArthur RoySergeantNZ/411963Born on the 22nd September 1917 Age 24New ZealandPilotRNZAFTraining Command12 Operational Training Unit. 6 Group1942-01-17WellingtonIcR1340-RAF Chipping Warden, Northamptonshire1115TrainingSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledBrookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 2.A.8

Courtesy Jenifer Lemaire

Son of John Francis Wilson and of Eva Kathleen Wilson (née Madden), of Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to service worked as an assistant accountant for the Radio Corporation of New Zealand. A total of 190 flying hours logged with 103 solo on the Wellington.
1695 WinchesterSidney ArthurFlight LieutenantW/Op/Air/GnrRCAFCoastal Command502 Sqd1944-10-04HalifaxGR11HR686JRAF Stornaway2308Rover Patrol See archive report for further details PoW Stalag Berlin-Steglitz None - survived the warParadie Archive Database Read Archive Report
1696 WincottArthur RonaldFlight Sergeant15807621924Bomb AimerRAFVRBomber Command149 Sqn
1944-06-05StirlingIIILK385OJ:CMethwold22:28D-Day SupportDropping 'Ruperts' Exploding dummy parachutists. Hit by Flak and crashed near Baudre 4km SSE of St-Lo., time unknown ((Nachtjagd Combat Archive (12 May 1944 - 23 July 1944) Part 3 - Theo Boiten)KilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 223
Son of Albert E. and Edith Wincott, of Birmingham
1697 WincottGordon LouisSergeant11018471922Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command107 Sqn
1941-10-25BlenheimIVZ7704OM:?Luqa, MaltaZuara-Benghazi roadOne of two Blenheims patrolling the Tauza-El He section, searching for targets of opportunity. Crashed 26km east of Tauza at 13:50 hrs, believed while low flying.KilledTripoli War Cemetery 5.E.17Died of severe injuries on the 27th October

Son of Arthur Louis and Blanche Wincott, of Fulwood, Sheffield.
1698 WinderRonaldSergeant10814791921Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command166 Sqd
1944-01-28LancasterIIIDV180AS-WKirmington12BerlinThe aircraft was homebound at 18,000ft, whilst altering course NE of Berlin collided with another aircraft (Other aircraft not known). A violent explosion blew the nose right off the Lancaster this resulted in the two survivors being thrown clearKilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery Plot 4 Row E Collective Grave 23-25 Son of Arthur and Lillian Winder, of Dewsbury, Yorkshire
1699 WinkHarold (Harry) ArthurSergeant627802W/Op/Air/GnrRAFBomber Command9 Sqd
1941-06-09WellingtonIcR1758WS-?RAF Honington, Suffolk1530Reconnaissance See archive report for further details PoW No. 18297. Camps. Stalag VIIIB - Lamsdorf, Stalag Luft VI - Heydekrug, Stalag 357 - FallingbostelNone - survived the war Read Archive Report
1700 WinstoneJane2nd Officer24th September 1912New Zealand PilotRAFAir Transport Auxiliary1944-02-10Spitfire L.FIXMK616Not issued Vickers Aircraft factory, Cosford 1020Delivery flight See archive report for further brief details KilledMaidenhead Cemetery. Sec. D. Row W. Grave 17

Daughtervof Arthur George and Lina Storme Winston (née Clapham)

Courtesy Jenifer Lemaire

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