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The Battle of Britain clasp (worn on the 1939-45 Star – or a silver gilt rosette if medal ribbons only are worn) is restricted to aircrew from 71 defined units
of RAF Fighter Command, Coastal Command or the Fleet Air Arm, who flew at least one operational sortie between 00:01 July 10 1940 and 23:59 October 31 1940.

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Readers are referred to the following sites which we have used to cross-check information and we acknowledge and thank them as respected sources for some of the material in this database:
VintageWings.ca: comprehensive listing of artworks
bbm.org: Comprehensive listing of RAF personnel and service records
Wikipedia: Life stories of leading pilots and crew
AircrewRemembered Paradie Canadian Archive Database: 45,000 Service Records of RCAF personnel
AircrewRemembered Allied Losses and Incidents Database: Covering 120,000+ Allied aircrew 1939 - 1945
AircrewRemembered Archiwum: specialist database with details of Polish personnel (in Polish)
AircrewRemembered Kracker Luftwaffe Archive: 31,000 Luftwaffe pilot and crew details
AircrewRemembered LOST: Rob Philips Memorial Archive: Dutch losses in Europe
bel-memorial.org: Comprehensive site on Belgian aircrew

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2801 WedgwoodJefferson HeywoodFlt Lt (later Sqd Ldr)37645RAFBritish253 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneKIA1942-12-17Malta Capuccini Naval Cemetery
2802 WedlockGordon VictorSgt115579British235 Sqd

DFM

Blenheim
2803 WędzikMarianSgtP-1917 793549PAFPolish302 Sqd

316 Sqd Polish

Virtuti Militari

DFC

Krzyz Walecznych (x4)

Wound Badge
Hurricane2Died1977-10-15Baled out Hurricane I (P2752) on 15 October 1940 during combat with a Bf 109 over Kent at 11:30hrs. Died in Warszawa 1977
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2804 WelchEricSgt1050617British604 Sqd

BlenheimKIA
2805 WelfordGeorge Henry EttrickPlt Off90756British607 Sqd

Hurricane
2806 WellsEdward Preston 'Hawkeye'Plt OffRNZAFNew Zealander266 Sqd

41 Sqd

485 Sqd

DSO

DFC
Spitfire11Survived war1st November 2005Born in Cambridge, New Zealand on 26 July 1916. Educated at the High School. October 1938 Wells applied for a short service commission in the RNZAF. Provisionally accepted in mid-April 1939 but was not called forward until 26th October when he reported to the Ground Training School at Weraroa. 20 November to 2 EFTS New Plymouth before moving to 2 FTS Woodbourne on 15 January 1940. Sailed for the UK on 7 June in the RMS Rangitata. He had been a champion 12-bore shot during his schooldays in New Zealand, and his outstanding marksmanship earned him the nickname 'Hawkeye'. On arrival Wells went to No. 1 RAF Depot Uxbridge to await a posting. To 7 OTU Hawarden on 4 August 1940 and after converting to Spitfires joined 266 Sqd at Wittering on the 26 August. To 41 Sqd at Hornchurch on 2nd October. Me109 destroyed on 17 October, he probably destroyed a Me109 and damaged another on the 25th and he destroyed a Me109 on 2 November. He became the first British-based fighter pilot to engage the Italians, when he chanced on some CR42's over the Channel on 11 November. He damaged a CR42 and probably destroyed a Hs126. On 27 November he destroyed another Me109 and on 22 January 1941 he damaged a He111.

Wells joined 485 Sqd at Driffield on the 15 March 1941. He scored the squadron's first victory on 5th July, a Me109 shot down during a close-cover escort for Stirlings to Lille. On the 24th Wells destroyed another Me109. DFC 7 August 1941.16 August damaged a Me109, on the 19th he destroyed a Me109 and damaged another, on 7th September he probably destroyed a Me109, on the 18th destroyed another, on the 21st destroyed two more and on 2nd October probably another. Bar to the DFC 6th November 1941. He took command of 485 Sqd on 22nd November. He led the squadron in the operations against the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau on 12th February 1942. Wells destroyed a Fw190 on 24th April and damaged another on the 25th. He was promoted to Acting Wing Commander on 5th May and appointed Wing Leader at Kenley. On 24th May he damaged a Me109 and on 20th June he destroyed a Fw190. DSO 28th July 1942 and posted back to New Zealand, on loan to the Government. Returned to the UK on 4 April 1943 and in late May was sent for a course at RAF Staff College, after which he again took over the Kenley Wing, leading it until mid-November, when he went to HQ 11 Group, as Wing Commander Training. Posted to lead the Tangmere Wing on 20 March 1944 and he destroyed a Me410 on the ground on the 28th. During the next few months he led both the Detling and West Malling Wings. On 1st November 1944 to CFE Wittering to command the Day Fighter Leaders School. Released from the RNZAF in the UK on 13th February 1947 to take up a permanent commission in the RAF. In 1954 he took command of the air defence radar station at Bawdsey, on the Suffolk coast, where he was able to indulge his love of wildfowling. After serving with the Joint Planning Staff he retired from the RAF as a group captain in June 1960.

2807 WellsMLPOBritish248 Sqd

Blenheim
2808 WellsPatrick Hardy Vesey 'Pat'Fg Off72098British249 Sqd

DSO

HurricaneWIADiedBaled out wounded on 7 September 1940 at 17:020hrs. Hurricane I (P3594) GN-O shot down by return fire during attack on Heinkel He 111s near Faversham.
2809 WelshTDPOBritish264 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
2810 WendelKenneth VictorFg Off40651RAFNew Zealander504 Sqd

Hurricane I L1615KIA1940-09-07

Archive Report

Born on the 08th May 1916 at Takapuna. Worked as a clerk for A.K. Voyce, public accountants prior to service. After serving 6 months in the territorial army joined the RNZAF on the 01st October 1934 as a clerk. Awarded his 'A' licence on the 25th March 1937. Selected for RAF short service commission 30th November 1937. Awarded his pilots badge on the 29th October 1938. Joined 504 squadron on the 23rd January 1940Also served in 222 squadron flying Blenheims. Son of Christie Victor and Christina Mabel Wendel (nee Humme), of New Zealand. A pioneer member and pupil of the Auckland Flying Corps. Grave inscription: 'One Of The Few" Treasured Memories Of Our Gallant And Devoted Son Passed To Greater Peace. Killed In Air Operations'. A Battle of Britain pilot.

Courtesy Ian Banks



2811 WestDRPOBritish141 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
2812 WestHSqd LdrBritish151 Sqd

41 Sqd

Hurricane
2813 WestcottWiliam Henry JamesSgtRAFVRBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived warMay 1989 in BirkenheadBorn on 4 August 1913 in West Ham, London England. Joined RAFVR March 1939 as an Airman u/t Observer. Called up 1 September 1939. With 235 Sqd at Bircham Newton in early July 1940. No further detils till February 1943, serving with 23 Sqd in Malta. Commissioned from Warrant Officer July 1943 and released from the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant.
2814 WestlakeGeorge HerbertPlt Off84019RAFVRBritish43 Sqd

213 Sqd

80 Sqd

No. 4 Stormo

DSO

DFC

Hurricane10Survived war18th January 2006 Age 87Born April 21 1918 Rangoon Burma (now Myanmar). Educated at Shoreham School and de Havilland Aeronautical Technical School. 1937 joined the RAFVR and began training as a pilot. Joined 213 Sqd, flying Hurricanes during the closing stages of the Battle of Britain. Shot down a Messerschmitt Bf 109 south of Selsey Bill on November 15 1940. Six months later 213 embarked in the aircraft carrier HMS Furious and headed for the Mediterranean. On May 21 his squadron took off from the ship and set off for Malta, 800 miles away. After a hasty lunch, Westlake and his fellow pilots were airborne again, and three hours later landed at Mersah Matruh, in Egypt. In their single-engine aircraft, they had been airborne for almost eight hours, all entirely over the sea. Within a few days Westlake was detached to 80 Sqd, operating in Syria. He was soon in action against the Vichy-French Air Force, and in the space of a few days had shot down a bomber and shared in the destruction of two fighters. Once the air threat had been reduced, Westlake attacked airfields and road convoys as the Vichy forces retreated. At the end of the brief campaign he left for Nicosia, where he rejoined 213 Sqd. On July 18 1941 Junkers 88 bombers appeared over the airfield, and Westlake was scrambled to intercept them. He caught one 80 miles off the coast and, in full view of a small Cypriot fishing fleet, he chased it at very low level and shot it down. The Governor of the island gave him a bottle of whisky with the promise of a crate if he repeated his success. In August Westlake shot down an Italian bomber, which crashed near Capo Greco, the first enemy aircraft to fall on the island. Unfortunately for Westlake, the Governor had left the island the day before - but he did receive a tankard. In December 213 left for the Western Desert, where it was involved in fierce fighting. Westlake was made flight commander and, during the next few months, he shot down five more aircraft and damaged three others. After almost two years of continuous action (during which his aircraft was never hit by the enemy) he left the squadron in the autumn of 1942, when he was awarded the DFC. Westlake joined No 211 Group of the Desert Air Force as a fighter operations controller and moved forward with the advance to Tunisia. He was involved in planning air support for the invasions of Sicily and Italy before taking command of a mobile operations room as a wing commander, landing in Sicily two days after the troops had gone ashore. Anxious to return to flying, he dropped a rank in order to command one of the first Italian squadrons to fight alongside the Allies, No 4 Stormo, flying the Airacobra on ground attack operations. That month he was appointed to lead 239 Wing. Westlake remained in the RAF after the war. He specialised in fighter operations, serving at HQ 12 Group before filling an exchange posting with the USAF at HQ Air Defence Command, Colorado Springs. After commanding the Southern Sector of the UK Air Defence Region, he spent two years at RAF Geilenkirchen in Germany as the wing commander in charge of flying. In 1961 he was promoted to group captain and commanded the RAF's northern fighter control station at Buchan, near Peterhead. During the Indonesia Confrontation campaign, Westlake co-ordinated air defence operations at HQ Far East Air Force. At the end of 1967 he returned to Britain responsible for flying activities at Signals Command before retiring from the RAF in July 1969. Westlake spent a number of years in Kuwait, which he much enjoyed, working as the aviation consultant, then manager, of Abdulla Al Rifai and Sons, agents for numerous large British aerospace and engineering companies. He retired to Cyprus, but returned to England in 1994.

Leader of the brilliantly executed Operation Bowler, the bombing of shipping in the docks at Venice and the only authorised wartime air attack against the Italian city. With the destruction of the rail and road network in northern Italy by early 1945, the Germans resorted to transporting desperately needed supplies by ship to Venice for onward distribution by canal and river craft. In March that year authority was given to attack the port of Venice - there were strict instructions that there must be no damage to the historic buildings and fabric of the city, which lay just outside the dock's boundary. The operation's codename was the idea of the Air Officer Commanding, Air Vice Marshal "Pussy" Foster, who anticipated being 'bowler-hatted' (dismissed from the service) should the city suffer any damage. Westlake was leader of No 239 Wing, a mixture of Kittyhawk and Mustang squadrons specialising in dive-bombing operations. During the afternoon of March 21, flying a Kittyhawk of No 250 Squadron, he led 64 aircraft on the attack. Twenty-four fighters of the USAAF were also attached to his formation, with a Spitfire squadron providing an escort. Within a few yards of the dock area were churches and housing; beyond lay a large population and centuries worth of noble buildings and works of art. Once over the target, Westlake assessed that the weather was suitable and he ordered some of the Mustangs and the American fighters to attack the gun defences as he dived almost vertically from 10,000 ft with his four squadrons following him into the attack. The results were spectacular: a large cargo ship was seriously damaged and left listing, and a number of smaller vessels and naval escorts destroyed. As the last of the Mustangs pulled away there was a huge explosion as a store of sea mines was hit. The local Italian population stood on nearby rooftops just outside the target area watching the specttacolo with great enthusiasm and admiration. The AOC was equally impressed, and sent a signal of congratulation, relieved that he had avoided a bowler hat. Westlake was awarded the DSO for his 'excellent leadership, great tactical ability and exceptional determination'.


Depicts 87 squadron pilots running to their Hawker Hurricanes during a 'Scramble'.

'B' Flight of 213 Sqd. The photograph shows Joe Lynch, George Westlake, Hank Hancock, Peter Crowther and Freddie Wilson (RCAF) sitting on the wing of a Hurricane. Hand signed by George Westlake second from left in the picture.


Plate from 'Men Of The Battle Of Britain' by Ken Wynne


2815 WestlakeRDPOBritish235 Sqd

Blenheim
2816 WestmacottInnes BentallFO (later W/C)RAFBritish56 Sqd

Hurricane4WIA1991-11-21Pre-war Regular pilot and Flying Instructor. Posted to 56 Sqd on 3 August 1940. On 18 August 1940 Hurricane I damaged in combat with Bf 110s of ZG 26 off Clacton at 17:30hrs. He shot down 4 enemy during August. On 31 August 1940 at 09:05hrs he was shot down by a Bf 110 and was badly burned when his reserve tank in his Hurricane I (V7341) exploded but still baled out successfully. Treated at Chelmsford Hospital. April 1941 on HMS Ark Royal, heading for Malta. Led the second flight of 6 Hurricanes off on the 3 April and joined 261 Sqd. Claimed a Bf109 destroyed on 28 April and a He111 probably destroyed on 6 May. 'C' Flight of 261 provided the nucleus for 185 Squadron, reformed at Hal Far on 12th May 1941 and Westmacott was appointed 'B' Flight Commander. On 13 May 1941 he was shot down and baled out, wounded in the elbow. Returned to duty on 30 July but was made Fighter Controller and then Senior Intelligence Officer at Luqa. He protested in November 1941 and asked to go back to flying duties. Malta Night Fighter Unit re-named 1435 (Night Fighter) Flight on 2 December 1941 Westmacott was given command. Night of 8 March 1942 he probably destroyed a Ju88 and on 21 April 1942 he damaged a Bf109, firing from a ground machine-gun post at Ta Kali.
2817 WestmorelandThomas EmyrsSgt741143RAFVRBritish616 Sqd

SpitfireMIA1940-08-25Shot down and killed 25 August 1940 over Canterbury at 19:00hrs. in combat with a Bf 109. Spitfire I (R9819) crashed near Maidstone. Failed to return in Spitfire R6966 after combat with BF 109s over Canterbury. Runnymede Panel 20
2818 WhallBasil Ewart PatrickSgt740484RAFVRBritish602 Sqd

DFM

Spitfire2KIA1940-08-18Ditched Spitfire I (L1019) safely at 14:55hrs on 18 August 1940 near Middleton on Sea after shooting down two Ju 87s. Killed when he crash landed Spitfire I (X4160) on 7 October 1940 after combat with Ju 88s at 17:50hrs. Aircraft crashed at Lullington, Somerset, he died of his wounds. Amersham Consecrated Cemetery England Age 22

2819 WheatcroftNRPOBritish604 Sqd

Blenheim
2820 Wheeler Norman JohnFlt Lt82668British610 Sqd

615 Sqd

AFC

Hurricane1992-05Posted from 600 Sqd to 615 Sqd on 28 August 1940. AFC on 11 June 1942.
2821 WhelanJSgtBritish64 Sqd

91 Sqd

Spitfire
2822 WhinneyMTPOBritish3 Sqd

Hurricane
2823 WhippsGeorge AlbertSgt (later Flt Sgt)741028RAFVRBritish602 Sqd

SpitfireKIFA - see notes1941-08-26Baled out Spitfire I (N3227) on 6 September 1940 at 13:30hrs. after combat with a Bf 109. Unhurt. Theydon Bois St Mary Churchyard England

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2824 WhitbreadHerbert Laurance 'Hops'Plt Off42034RAFBritish222 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-09-20Born in Ludlow in 1914. Joined the RAF on 6 March 1939. Joined 236 Sqd in November but moved to 222 Sqd at Duxford. Destroyed a Bf 109 and damaged another on 31 August 1940, he probably destroyed a Do 17 on 7 September and he destroyed a Bf 109 on the 9th. On 20 September he was shot down and killed in a surprise attack by Bf 109s. He managed to land his Spitfire, almost intact. It slid across a road into a small pond by Pond Cottage, Hermitage Farm, Higham near Rochester. Thrown clear but was already dead. Buried in Ludlow New Cemetery, Shropshire. A road in Ludlow is named after him and his family arranged for the illumination each year of St Laurence’s Church in the town to mark the anniversary of his death. Mayor of Ludlow wrote to hisparents: included the words: '...was one of the lives Ludlow and England can ill afford to lose for it is to him and his Air Force we have to look for the safety of Ludlow and England. I have known him for 20 years and have watched his career with great interest – he always did what was expected of him, even to his glorious end.' Thus the Golden Generation lost one more soul. RIP

From Ludlow, Shropshire, on patrol 20 September 1940, shot down and killed in Spitfire I (N3203) by a Bf 109 over Rochester at 11:15hrs by Hans 'Assi' Hahn. Ludlow Henley Rd Cemetery Age 26



2825 WhitbyAWSgtBritish79 Sqd

Hurricane
2826 WhiteBlair Eustace GallowayFlt Lt41510British504 Sqd

SpitfireMIAMalta
2827 WhiteFLSqd LdrBritish74 Sqd
Spitfire
2828 WhiteJackSgt (later F/O)184793RAFVRBritish72 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1945-03-17Cambrai Rue de Solesmes Cemetery France Age 26 (served in Egypt?)

2829 WhiteJBritish248 Sqd

Blenheim
2830 WhiteJohn WilliamPlt Off43833RAFBritish35 Sqd

32 Sqd

3 Sqd

FIU
MBE

Hurricane, Blenheim1Survived warAugust 1996 in HendonBorn 20 January 1914 in Nottingham England. Joined RAF at Halton in September 1929 as an Aircraft Apprentice. Posted a Fitter Airframes/ Engines to 35 Sqd on Fairey Gordons at Bircham Newton. Later to the Sudan, retrained as an air gunner. Selected for pilot, Airman u/t Pilot in December 1935 at 6 FTS Netheravon. Sergeant-Pilot in December 1936, posted to 32 Squadron at Biggin Hill in January 1937. Operations over the Low Countries, France and Dunkirk, destroying a Do17 on 19th May 1940 over Cambrai and possibly a Me109. Commissioned on 15th June, posted to 3 Squadron at Wick on 26 June. He joined the Fighter Interception Unit at Tangmere on 10th September 1940. 7 October in a Blenheim making a photographic record of AI responses for use in instructing AI Operators. The aircraft was flown by P/O DL Ryalls, with Sgt. EF Le Conte as gunner. They were attacked by three Me110s, which Ryalls managed to evade after Le Conte had fired at one attacker and possibly damaged it. White was attacked and damaged by a German raider at night on 15th October. On landing, he overshot the runway and the undercarriage of his Blenheim collapsed. January 1941 to hospital and was subsequently declared unfit for further flying because of lung damage. From April to August 1941 he was a student at the Officers Engineering College and transferred to the Engineer Branch. Engineer Officer with 264 Sqd from September to December 1941, Flight Commander of the Repair Section at 58 MU until April 1943, and OC of 235 (Mobile) MU at Netheravon until February 1944. March 1944 promoted to Wing Commander and took command of No. 1 Heavy Glider Servicing Unit at Netheravon. Station Comander RAF Netheravon till October 1945. MBE 1st January 1945. Retiring from the RAF on 12th November 1966 as a Group Captain.
2831 WhiteSgtBritish604 Sqd

Blenheim
2832 WhiteRobertSgt552576British235 Sqd

BlenheimSurviving aircrew
2833 WhiteheadCliffordSgt (later FO)45299RAFBritish56 Sqd

DFM

Hurricane8KIFA1942-07-04 Age 27Fought in France, 3 victories during brief campaign and a further kill over Dunkirk prior to the Battle. Added four more during the Battle. DFM 30 August 1940. Shot down by enemy fighters on 31 August at 08:40hrs over Colchester, but baled out of his Hurricane I (V6628) unhurt. Killed in a flying accident on 4 July 1942 while he was a Flying Instructor. Arnold Cemetery England



Redhill Arnold Cemetery
2834 WhiteheadROSgtBritish253 Sqd

151 Sqd

Hurricane
2835 WhitehouseSydney Anthony HollingsworthPOBritish501 Sqd
Hurricane

2836 WhitehouseSgtBritish32 Sqd

Hurricane
2837 WhitfieldJoseph JamesSgt526295RAFBritish56 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-07-13On patrol in Hurricane (P2922) on 13 July 1940. Shot down and killed by Bf 109 of JG 51 off Calais at 16:15hrs. Runnymede 21 Age 25
2838 WhitleyEric WilliamSqd Ldr (later W/C)New Zealander245 Sqd (CO)

DSO

DFC
Hurricane5+Died1973-10-25Born in Epsom on 17 August 1908. Educated at Kings College in Auckland, New Zealand. Went to England in 1930 to join the RAF. Flight commander in April 1935. September 1935 posted to the Central Flying School for an instructor's course. After three years promoted to Squadron Leader and appointed Station Commander at RAF Marham. 6 November 1939 posted to 245 Sqd. First Hurricanes arrived March of 1940. Pperational in April and flew patrols over the Dunkirk beaches and the Channel. Led a very successful low level attack on the airfield at Roven-Boos. Considerable damage was done to around fifty aircraft on the ground, with at least twenty of them destroyed. For his part in the action Whitley was awarded DFC, In July 245 Sqd moved to Northern Ireland to fly convoy patrols over the Irish Sea and the eastern Atlantic. As part of Belfast's defence it flew night patrols over the city and shipyards. Early 1942 Whitley made Wing Commander Flying in the Western Desert. Mention in Dispatches in June 1942 and the DSO in September. Rest of the war on staff duties. Destroyed at least five enemy aircraft but details of his actual score are not on record. Retired from the RAF. in 1952 and returned to New Zealand.
2839 WhitleyDavid 'Bull'Plt Off42036RAFBritish264 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIA1940-08-28Sgt R.C.Turner and his pilot P/O D.Whitley were killed 28 August 1940 at 08:55hrs. Defiant I (N1574) shot down by a Bf 109 of JG 26 over Thanet. Bedford Cemetery Age 21
2840 WhitneyDouglas MitchellPlt OffNew Zealander245 Sqd

HurricaneDied
2841 WhitsunAlfred DanielSgt746745British236 Sqd

BlenheimMIA
2842 WhittickHarry GeorgeSgt116055British604 Sqd

Blenheim
2843 WhittinghamCharles DerekFg Off70734British151 Sqd

HurricaneDied
2844 WhittyWilliam Hubert RigbyFlt Lt90288British607 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneDiedCanada
2845 WhitwellPeter CoulsonSgtNZ/40613RNZAFBritish600 Sqd

DFM


Blenheim

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With 600 Sqd during the Battle. November 1942 he was a gunner on a Stirling that was shot down over Belgium. Born on the on 16th August 1920 at Hartlepool, County Durham, the son of the Revd. Samuel Mapleton Whitwell and Gwendoline Whitwell (née Coulson), of Ashley Green, Buckinghamshire, England. Served with the Scots Grays before emigrating in late 1938. Joined the RNZAF as air gunner on the 13th February 1940. Served with 600 Squadron on Blenheims during the Battle Of Britain.

DFM citation 19th December 1941:

'This airman was the rear gunner of an aircraft which carried out a daylight attack on shipping off Borkum. During the operation the aircraft was attacked by a force of 8 Messerschmitt 109s. Displaying great coolness and accuracy of fire, Sergeant Whitwell warded off the first 4 attacks and, in the next one, seriously damaged one of the attackers which was observed to dive steeply away with the engine emitting black smoke. Three further attacks were made by the enemy aircraft and, in the last one Sergeant Whitwell scored a further success. Following a well-aimed burst by him, one of the enemy aircraft turned over and dived vertically. Oh another occasion, when his aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt 110, Sergeant Whitwell withheld his fire until the attacker had closed to a range of 50 yards and then shot it down in flames. This airman has displayed great ability, tenacity and courage'.

Courtesy Jennifer Lemaire

2846 Wickings-SmithPeter ClaudePlt Off42929RAFBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-09-11 Age 22Flying escort to Fairey Albacores on the 11 September 1940. Albacores from the Fleet Air Arm were on a raid on Calais at 17:30hrs. Blenheim IV-f (L9396) flown by P/O Wickings-Smith was shot down. P.C.Wickings-Smith and the crew all died on the mission (A.W.V.Green & R.D.H.Watts). Runnymede Panel 10
2847 WickinsArthur StanleySgt47997British141 Sqd

DFC
Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
2848 WicksBryan JohnFg Off (later Sqd Ldr)40774RAFBritish56 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane2KIA1942-10-12Regular of 56 Sqd 'B' Flight that fought in France. Scored one kill but shot down behind enemy lines on the 22 May. Evaded capture for 10 days, making his way to Dunkirk where he was arrested by the French on suspicion of being a spy. Handed over to the English, then he was taken back to England and returned to 56 Sqd. One victory during the Battle. Shot down once, on 26 August 1940 but baled out of Hurricane I (V7340) unhurt. DFC on 6 June 1941. Killed over Malta on the 12 October 1942. Malta Memorial Panel 2 Column 1 Age 22
2849 WiddowsStanley CharlesSqd Ldr26218RAFBritish43 Sqd

29 Sqd (CO)

45 Sqd

47 Sqd

Order of the Bath

DFC

Blenheim1Survived war20th January 2010 Age 101Born at Bradfield, Berkshire England 4 October 1909. Educated at St. Bartolomew's School, Newbury. Joined the RAF in September 1926 as an Aircraft Apprentice and passed out in August 1929 as a Fitter. Cadetship at the RAF College, Cranwell and entered as a Flight Cadet there on 20th September 1929. 24 July 1931 posted to 43 Squadron at Tangmere. In 1932 he served with 29 Squadron at North Weald. 28 February 1933 to 45 Squadron at Helwan, Egypt. November to 47 Squadron at Khartoum. Then posted to RAF Ramleh, Palestine on 14th August 1936. To UK in 1937. 1 September test pilot to A&AEE, Martlesham Heath, for extensive performance tests on the first production Hurricane, L1547, and the first production Spitfire, K9787. To 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 6th July 1940 from A&AEE for a refresher course. He moved to 5 OTU, Aston Down on the 14 July, converted to Blenheims and was posted to 29 Squadron at Digby on the 15, taking command next day. Destroyed a Ju88 at night on 13th March 1941 which crashed at Smiths Farm, Dovedale near Louth, Lincolnshire. DFC 4th April 1941. 7 May 1941 Widdows found a Ju88 over the English Channel. His Beaufighter was badly damaged by return fire and Widdows ordered his radar operator, Sgt. B Ryall, to bale out. He managed to get the aircraft back to base. A search found no trace of Ryall. Posted away in June 1941 to command RAF West Malling. In 1942 he became Group Captain Night Ops at HQ 11 Group and 12 Group. He was SASO 85 Group in 1943/44 and Group Captain Organisation at Supreme HQ Allied Expeditionary Forces later in 1944. Retired from the RAF on 29th December 1958, as an Air Commodore.
2850 WiggRonald GeorgeFg Off41229RAFNew Zealander65 Sqd

1 Sqd (SAAF)

SpitfireSurvived war4th August 1976 Kawakawa New ZealandBorn in Remuera, Auckland New Zealand 20 October 1914. Attended Kings College. Came to England in April 1938, accepted for RAF. Initial training course 8 E&RFTS Woodley on 25 July 1938. To 7 FTS Peterborough on 1st October, moving on 21st November to 8 FTS Montrose. Completed training at 2 FTS Brize Norton and 6 ATS Warmwell. 4 August 1939 joined 65 Sqd at Hornchurch. Operations over Dunkirk May 1940. 12 August 1940 at Manston the squadron was lined up for take off, the pilots did not realise the airfield was being bombed. Blast from one near Wigg stopped the propellor. He exited and took shelter. Posted to 55 OTU Aston Down on 25 February 1941 as an instructor.12th November sailed from Liverpool to 73 OTU Aden, arriving 4 January 1942. In mid-September 1942 posted to the Middle East 1 Sqd (SAAF) Squadron in the Western Desert on the 25 September 1941. He flew with the squadron throughout the Battle of El Alamein. January 1943 went to HQ 206 Group Aboukir, to be a test pilot on Hurricanes and Spitfires. He remained there until late July 1945 when he was posted for return to the UK. On 1st August 1945 transferred to the RNZAF. He sailed for New Zealand on 30 November 1945 and was released from the RNZAF on 14 April 1946 as a Squadron Leader.
2851 WigglesworthJohn SpencerPlt Off42930British238 Sqd

HurricaneKIA
2852 WightRonald Derek GordonFlt Lt34187RAFBritish213 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane10.5KIA1940-08-11With 213 Sqd at the outbreak of the war. Shot down 4 in France plus 6 more over Dunkirk for which he was awarded the DFC. He was shot down and killed off Portland on 11 August 1940 in Hurricane I (P3789) at 11:00hrs whilst leading 3 Hurricanes against 60 Bf 110s. DFC. Cayeux sur Mer Communal Cemetery Age 24
2853 WightmanOwen MauriceMid (FAA) (later Sub Lt)RNBritish151 Sqd

Hurricane1KIA1941-06-30Midshipman O.M.Wightman a regular FAA pilot loaned to Fighter Command in June 1940 Joined 151 Sqd on the 1 July 1940. On 9 July 1940 Wightman took off at 14:40hrs in Hurricane I (P3806) for convoy patrol. He shot down a Bf 109 and was then shot down himself by another, baling out safely over the Thames Estuary. Rescued by a trawler. Wightman rejoined the Navy in February 1941, he was KIA on 30 June 1941. Gibraltar North Front Cemetery Age 20
2854 WilchPOBritish141 Sqd

Defiant

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2855 WilcoxCharlesSgt46167British248 Sqd

BlenheimKIA
2856 WilcoxEdgar JohnFg Off70830RAFBritish72 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-08-31Shot down and killed in Spitfire I (P9457) on 31 August 1940 at 19:10hrs over Dungeness. Staplehurst All Saints Churchyard Kent England Age 23
2857 WildbloodTimothy SeddonPlt Off33478RAFBritish152 Sqd

MiD

SpitfireMIA1940-08-25Shot down and killed off Portland on 25 August 1940 at 17:30hrs in Spitfire I (R6994). He was Mentioned in Dispatches. Failed to return in Spitfire R6994 from combat over the channel. Runnymede Panel 10

2858 WildeDenis CliftonPlt Off83291British236 Sqd

BlenheimDied
2859 WilkJackP/O76932 78451RAFVRBritish149 SqdKIA1940-08-17 Son of Abraham and Fairie Wilk nee Mindelsohn. Barrister (MA, Ll.B), living at 73, Westfield Road, Birmingham. Born in 1904 in South Africa, volunteered for the RAF 1939-12-30. He was at No 1 Air Armament School, Manby, Lincolnshire and then No. 11 OTU at Bassingbourn. Pilot Officer/Air Gunner with 149 Sqd, Bomber Command . He was Killed in Action on 1940-08-17 aged 36 years. He is buried at Durnbach, Germany, grave 6-H-6.

It is unclear if 149 Sqd personnel qualify as Battle of Britain participants
2860 WilkesGeoffrey NormanSgt741315RAFVRBritish213 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-08-12Killed when Hurricane I (P2854) shot down over the Channel off Bognor at 12:45hrs on 12 August 1940. Runnymede Panel 21 Age 21
2861 WilkinsonKenneth AstillSgt (later FO)172142British611 Sqd

616 Sqd

19 Sqd

234 Sqd

165 Sqd
SpitfireSurvived war31st July 2017 aged 99.Born on 29 June 1918 at Barrow-in-Furness England. Educated at Cheltenham Grammar School. Joined RAFVR in March 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot (745210). Called up on 1 September 1939, went to ITW and did not reach 5 EFTS, Hanworth until 26 March 1940. He was at 10 (Advanced) EFTS, Yatesbury from 25 May to 7 June, moving then to 8 FTS, Montrose. Arrived at 7 OTU, Hawarden on 1 September 1940. Converting to Spitfires, he joined 611 Sqd at Tern Hill, moved to 616 Sqd at Kirton-in-Lindsey on 1 October and then to 19 Squadron at Fowlmere on the 17 October. Posted away to 56 OTU, Sutton Bridge on 27 January 1941, as an instructor. On 23 October joined 1488 Flight at Shoreham. He was sent on a course to CGS, Sutton Bridge on 10 May 1942 to become a pilot gunnery instructor, after which he was posted to II Group Practice Camp at Martlesham Heath. To 61 OTU, Rednal on 23 February 1943 for a refresher course on Spitfires before joining 234 Sqd on 23 April at Skeabrae. He moved to 165 Sqd at Ibsley on 8 July 1943. To 53 OTU, Hibaldstow on 27 December 1943. Commissioned February 1944 and remained there until 7 June. He went to 24 OTU, Honeybourne on 28 August and moved on to 10 OTU, Abingdon on 27 May 1945. Released from RAF in November 1945, as a Flying Officer. He served in the RAFVR from 1947.


Signed by Ken Wilkinson (616 Sqd), Vivian Snell (501 Sqd), Ken Mackenzie (501 Sqd), Les Harvey (54 Sqd)

Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Spitfire in RAF Squadron Service in July 1938. The cover artwork is by respected aviation artist Brian Petch and shows a Spitfire Mk 1 of 19 Sqd in 1938 and a Mk XXIV (24) of 80 Sqd in 1952. 19 Sqd was the first RAF squadron to receive Supermarine Spitfires replacing their Gloster Gauntlet biplanes at RAF Duxford in July 1938. 80 Sqd was the last RAF squadron to operate Spitfires flying from RAF Kai Tak in Hong Kong through until January 1952.


2862 WilkinsonRoyce Clifford 'Wilkie'Fg Off44125RAFBritish3 Sqd

71 Sqd (Eagle)

121 Sqd (Eagle)

174 Sqd

1 Sqd

OBE

DFM & Bar

Croix de Guerre (France)
Hurricane9+Survived warSheerness, Kent 1990Born in Mexborough, Yorkshire on 26th November 1913 and educated at the secondary school there. Joined the RAF at Halton in January 1930 as an Aircraft Apprentice and passed out in December 1932 as a Fitter, Aero Engines. He was posted to RAF Aboukir in 1933. Applied for pilot training. Joined 3 Sqd at Kenley in May 1937.On 10th May 1940 the squadron went to France, attached to 63 Wing. Wilkinson shared in destroying a Hs126 on the 12th, destroyed a He111 and a Hs126 on the 13th, two Me109's on the14th, a Me110 on the16th, two He111's on the 19th and he shared in the destruction of two He111's on the 20th. The squadron withdrew to Kenley on the same day. Received the double award of DFM and Bar 31st May 1940. Commissioned 15 May, whilst he was in France, appointed 'A' Flight Commander on that day, with the rank of Acting Flight Lieutenant. Destroyed 9 2/3 enemy aircraft in one week. He helped form two American 'Eagle' Squadrons. 71 Sqd was formed on 21st October 1940, of which he was a founder member as 'B' Flight Commander. To Kirton-in-Lindsey on 14 May 1941 to form 121 Sqd (Eagle) on its formation on 14th May 1941. Posted away on 3 March 1942 to form and command 174 Sqd at Manston, the first Hurricane fighter/bomber squadron which he commanded. 3rd May 1942 shot down in Hurricane IIc BE674 by flak during an attack on Abbeville airfield and baled out at a very low level. With the aid of a French woman, Madame Duhamel of the French Resistance, who later became his daughter's Godmother, he evaded capture and arrived back in England through France and Spain to Gibraltar, going almost everywhere by train and car in broad daylight, and in his own words 'I had a lovely time'. He eventually reached Marseilles and crossed into Spain. Wilkinson flew back to England in a Sunderland from Gibraltar. Commanded 1 Sqd at Acklington and Biggin Hill from 1st August 1942 to 30th May 1943, when he was appointed to lead the Gravesend Wing. In March 1944 he was given command of HQ 149 Airfield, in 11 Group. He formed one of the Mobile Airfields of 2nd. TAF for the invasion of Europe in 1944 and in the Pacific he led the longest Spitfire raid of the war, a four-hour-fifty-minute flight from Darwin, Australia to Timor Island and back, without loss. He always led from the front and was highly decorated being awarded the OBE, DFM and Bar, Croix de Guerre. In August 1944 Wilkinson was sent to Australia on special duties. After return to the UK he went to a staff appointment at the Air Ministry in December 1945. Wilkinson was released in April 1946, as a Wing Commander.



Biography 'Spitfire RCW' by Nelson Kenneth James



Plaque on Eagle Memorial, US Embassy London

US Embassy London
2863 WilkinsonRodney LevettSqd Ldr26192RAFBritish266 Sqd
SpitfireKIA1940-08-16Took command of 266 Sqd 6 July 1940. Destroyed a Dornier Do17 on 12 August and a Junkers Ju 88 on 15 August. Shot down and killed by Bf 109s on 16 August 1940 at 12:35hrs in Spitfire I (R6768) near Deal, Kent Margate Cemetery England Age 30


2864 WilkinsonWilfred ArthurSgt49914British501 Sqd
Hurricane
2865 WillansDerek Alan (AJ?)Plt Off41089British23 Sqd

DFC
BlenheimKIA
2866 WillcocksCPLSgtBritish610 Sqd

Spitfire
2867 WillcocksPeter HamiltonSgt742044RAFVRBritish610 Sqd

66 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-11-28 Age 20Joined 610 Sqd on 27 July 1940. Moved to 66 Sqd in early September. Force-landing on 14 September 1940 following engine failure, and another on 29 September 1940, slightly wounded, after combat. Spitfire II (P7491) involved in a mid-air collision with P/O H.R.Allen (who baled out unhurt) on 28 November 1940. Killed. South London Crematorium Mitcham England

2868 WilliamsAPOBritish604 Sqd

Blenheim
2869 WilliamsCedric WatcynSqd Ldr26219RAFBritish17 Sqd
HurricaneMIA1940-08-25Leader 17 Sqd during the Battle. On 18 August 1940 Hurricane I (V7404) damaged in combat with Bf 109s off Dover at 13:50hrs. Shot down and killed on 25 August 1940 in a head on attack in Hurricane I (R4199) on a Bf 110 off Portland at 17:45hrs. Hurricane R4199 crashed near Portland after being badly damaged in a head-on attack with a BF 110. Runnymede Panel 4
2870 WilliamsDennis CononFg Off41230British141 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIA
2871 WilliamsDesmond GordonPlt Off41890RAFBritish92 Sqd
SpitfireKIA1940-10-10Killed when Spitfire I (X4038) collided with Spitfire I (R6616) of F/O J.F.Drummond on 10 October 1940 over Tangmere at 18:15hrs. Williams's aircraft crashed East of Brighton, Sussex. Salisbury London Rd Cemetery Age 20
2872 WilliamsEric EdwardFlt Sgt562960RAFBritish46 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-10-15Killed on 15 October 1940 when Hurricane I (V6650) shot down by a Bf 109 at 14:30hrs. Hurricane crashed near Gravesend in Kent. Runnymede Panel 11 Age 28
2873 WilliamsGwilym TrevorSgt48736British219 Sqd

OBE

DFM
Blenheim
2874 WilliamsThomas DraperPlt Off90658British611 Sqd

DFC
Spitfire
2875 WilliamsWilliam DudleyPlt Off78985British152 Sqd

DFC
SpitfireDied

2876 WilliamsWycliff StuartPlt Off42173RAFNew Zealander266 Sqd
MiD

Spitfire3KIA1940-10-21Joined newly-formed 266 Sqd in November 1939. On 12 August 1940 he shot down a Ju 88 but was himself forced to belly-land at Bembridge. Barely cleared of blazing Spitfire I (N3175) when it exploded. Shot down two more aircraft during the Battle. On 21 October he took part in an interception and after the action he landed at another airfield to refuel, as he took off he flew low across the airfield and then seemed to stall. His engine cut and unable to pull out, he crashed and was killed. Stradishall St Margaret Churchyard England Age 20

2877 WilliamsMark AlanPlt Off79553British604 Sqd

2878 WillisRonald FrankAC1003600British219 Sqd

BlenheimKIA
2879 WillisWilliam OwenSgtNew Zealander600 Sqd

BlenheimDied
2880 WillsWilliam ClaudeSgt740355British3 Sqd

73 Sqd

HurricaneKIALibya
2881 WilsdonAlbert AlfredSgt510613British29 Sqd

BlenheimKIA
2882 WilsonDonald FraserFg OffNew Zealander141 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
2883 WilsonDouglas StrachanFlt Lt90342RAF AAFBritish610 Sqd

Spitfire2DiedPre-war member of 610 Sqd. Destroyed Bf 109 on 25 July and another Bf 109 on the 26 August 1940

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2884 WilsonLeonard DonaldPlt Off44307British29 Sqd

Died
2885 WilsonRobert RoyPlt Off41513RAFVRCanadian111 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-08-11Shot down in Hurricane I and killed in combat 11 August 1940 at 14:25hrs. Runnymede Panel 10 Age 20
2886 WilsonWilliamSgt553328British235 Sqd

DFM

BlenheimJoined RAF February 1939 as a Boy Entrant then as an Airman u/t WOp/AG. Joined 235 Sqd at Bircham Newton 13 July 1940. First operational sortie on that day as a convoy escort. 11 August Wilson was a member of the crew of a Blenheim, one of three from 235, returning after escorting a reconnaissance Blenheim to the French coast. On the return flight they were attacked by two Me109's. One fighter was shot down and the other driven off by concentrated fire from the Blenheim gunners. 18th August Wilson involved in shooting down a Ju87. DFM 22 October 1940. 19 November 1940 Wilson's flight went to RAF Aldergrove where it combined with a flight from 236 Sqd to reform 272 Sqd on the 21st. First 272 Sqd sortie 23rd November. No further details available
2887 WilsonWilliam CharlesAC2910832British29 Sqd

BlenheimKIASon of Morris and Anna Winburn aka Winberg of 11 The Oakes West, SunderlandVolunteered 1939-11-05. Training School 32 in West Hartlepool, followed by Prestwick, Bicester and Wattisham. Killed in action 1940-07-24 aged 28 years. Runnymede Panel 21.

Unclear if 29 Sqd personnel qualify as Battle of Britain participants

2888 WinbergIsraelSgt755989RAFVRBritish110 Sqd

Son of Morris and Anna Winburn aka Winberg of 11 The Oakes West, SunderlandVolunteered 1939-11-05. Training School 32 in West Hartlepool, followed by Prestwick, Bicester and Wattisham. Killed in action 1940-07-24 aged 28 years. Runnymede Panel 21.

Unclear if 110 Sqd personnel qualify as Battle of Britain participants

2889 WingfieldVictor JohnSgt801551British29 Sqd

BlenheimKIA
2890 WinnCharles VivianFg Off40586British29 Sqd

DSO

DFC
Blenheim
2891 WinskillArchibald Little 'Archie'Plt Off84702RAFVRBritish72 Sqd

603 Sqd

41 Sqd

165 Sqd (CO)br>
222 Sqd (CO)br>
232 Sqd (CO)br>
KCVO

CBE

DFC & Bar

Air Efficiency

Spitfire5.5Survived war9 August 2005, aged 88Winskill was born on 24 January 1917 in Penrith, Cumberland, England. Educated at Penrith and Carlisle Grammar Schools. 1937 Winskill joined the RAFVR and trained as a pilot. Mobilised in September 1939. Between September 1939 and June 1940, he served as a staff pilot at RAF Catfoss. Commissioned on 25 August 1940 as a pilot officer. Posted to 72 Sqd 4 October 1940. To 603 Squadron RAF based at RAF Hornchurch on 17 October. Shot down a Messerschmitt Bf 109 over Dungeness, Kent on 29 October 1940. In November, he shared in the destruction of a Heinkel He 111 with two other pilots from his squadron. 23 November, he shot down two Fiat CR.42 fighters. In January 1941, Winskill was appointed a flight commander of 41 Sqd. Fighter sweeps and bomber escort sorties over Nazi occupied France. 14 August 1941 over France escorting bombers whose target was the St Omer railyards near Lille. One of the Blenheim bombers was attacked by two Messerschmitt 109 fighters. He went to its aid, shooting down one of the Messerschmitts. However, in the dogfight with the remaining Nazi fighter, his Spitfire sustained damage and burst into flames. He was forced to bale out at a low altitude from his out of control aircraft. He landed safely and a French farmer hid him until nightfall. The farmer' son, Felix Caron brought him to the safety of their farm in Saint-Folquin. After two weeks in a French Resistance safe house, the French speaking Winskill was moved down the Pat Line,mover the Pyrennes then, via Andorra, Barcelona and Madrid, to British Gibraltar. He arrived back in England in December 1941; it had taken him three months to arrive back in England after being shot down.

As flying over Europe was forbidden to those who had used a Resistance escape route for fear that if captured they would divulge the information, he was posted to an air defence squadron in Scotland. On 6 April 1942, he formed 165 Squadron RAF. Then appointed officer commanding 222 Sqd. November 1942 CO 232 Sqd. To North Africa in December 1942 for close air support for the First Army in Algeria and Tunisia as part of the Desert Air Force. On 18 January 1943, he was shot down off the Tunisian coast and baled out into the sea. Rescued by Arabs and taken to the shore. From there, he made his way back to his squadron through German controlled positions. This made him one of the very few men who had evaded capture twice during World War II. In April 1943, he shot down a Junkers Ju 87 and shared in the destruction of a second one. He also destroyed two aircraft on the La Sebala Airfield. Returned to UK June 1943. Instructor at the Central Gunnery School based at RAF Catfoss. Commandant of the Fighting Wing of the school.[3] He served in that post between September 1943 and December 1944. On 15 February 1968, Winskill was appointed Captain of the Queen's Flight. In that role he did not fly the aircraft but was responsible for the safety and comfort of the Royal passengers in addition to commanding the flight.

Wikipedia Bio

Photograph of Archie Winskill which was used for his forged passes whilst he was evading. Photograph shows Archie dressed as French Civilian after being shot down and being helped to evade by the French Resistance.
2892 WinstanleyJohnSgt52550British151 Sqd

HurricaneWIAInjured in Hurricane I (R4185), he hit the ground at Biscathorpe, Lincs, chasing a He 111 through low cloud, at 17:30hrs on 17 September 1940.
2893 WinterDouglas CyrilPlt Off43372RAFBritish72 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-09-05Killed 5 September 1940 at 14:25hrs. Spitfire I (X4013) shot down in combat with a Bf 109 over Kent. Baled out of his aircraft too low. South Shields Harton Cemetery Age 26
2894 WinterRichard ArthurFg Off73015British247 Sqd

GladiatorDied
2895 WiseJohn FrancisSgt746875RAFVRBritish141 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
MIA1940-07-19

Archive Report

On convoy patrol 19 July 1940 when attacked by Bf 109s off Dover. Defiant (L6983) damaged and the gunner bailed out. MacDougall crash landed the aircraft and was safe. The gunner (Sgt J.F.Wise) was killed. Runnymede Panel 21

Born on the 6th December 1920. Husband of Hetwigg Louise Karpp of Poplar, London, England.


2896 WisemanWilliam DouglasPlt Off82719British600 Sqd

Blenheim
2897 WisslerDenis HeathcotePlt Off42665British17 Sqd

HurricaneWIAMIA1940-11-11Wounded on 24 September 1940 at 09:15hrs. Hurricane I (P3168) damaged by a Bf 109 and he crash landed. Killed on 11 November 1940 while on patrol, shot down whilst attacking Ju 87 Stuka over the Thames Estuary. Fiancée Edith Kup working in Fighter Command Sector Control heard him over the RT as he was shot down on fire. Runnymede Panel 10
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2898 WithallLatham CarrFlt Lt39361RAFAustralian152 Sqd

Spitfire I P9456MIA1940-08-12Shot down and killed 12 August 1940 at 12:20hrs by a Ju 88 off the Isle of Wight in Spitfire I (P9456). Runnymede Panel 5 Age 29

Born on the 25th May 1911 in Toodyay. Son of Latham (died 23rd March 1971) and Mabel Withall (died 29th May 1969) of Brighton, Victoria, Australia and husband of Beryl Ethel Withall, of Ealing, Middlesex, England.

Archive report

Courtesy Oleg Marin


2899 WitorzeńcStefanFg Off (later W/C)76730PAFPolish501 Sqd
Virtuti Militari

DFC

Krzyz Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x4)

Hurricane5Died1994-12-13Flew with 501 Sqd RAF and took active part in the Battle of Great Britain. Shot down a Bf 109 from II Gruppe og JG 51 on 18 August 1940 near Whitstable at around 17:35hrs. In November 1940, he transferred from 501 Sqd to 306 Sqd Polish as commander.. - May 14, 1941 transferred to 302 Sqd Polish and from 27 May he was the commander of the squadron until November 24, 1941 and on that day he took command of 131 Polish Wing until September 25, 1942. Pozwaski Cemetery Poland Age 86


2900 WłasnowolskiBolesław Andrzej 'Vodka'Plt Off76736PAFPolish32 Sqd

607 Sqd

 213 Sqd

Virtuti Militari

Krzyz Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy

Hurricane5KIA1940-11-01Flew with 607 Sqd, 32 Sqd & 213 Sqd. Joined 32 Sqd on 8 August 1940. On 18 August 1940 he damaged his Hurricane I (R4081) when he ran into a tree stump at Biggin Hill after combat. 4 kills during the Battle. Shot down by a Bf 109 over Portsmouth in Hurricane I (N2608) and KIA 1 November 1940, aged 23. VM on 1 February 1941 and KW on 31 October 1947. Chichester Cemetery Age 23
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