24.12.1944 No. 541 Squadron Spitfire XI. PL919 Fl/Lt. Whaley DFC
Operation: Photo reconnaissance
Date: 24th December 1944 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 541 Squadron (106 Group)
Type: Spitfire PR.XI.
Base: RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
Location: Bleialf, Germany
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Noel Patrick Whaley DFC. NZ/412773 RNZAF Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire at 10:55 hours to cover the area around Treir - failed to return.
Post war search discovered that the pilot had initially been buried at Bleialf cemetery in the area of his loss, but then finally to Hotton War Cemetery.
Fl/Lt. Noel Patrick Whaley DFC. Hotton War Cemetery. Grave V111.F.12. The son of Edward Gravener Whaley, and of Florence May Whaley (née Patterson), of Auckland, New Zealand. A total of 936 flying hours logged. Also served with 170 Squadron.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Cenotaph, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: