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Whitley V T4204 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Whitley V T4204

National Archives AIR81

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AIR81/4785Pilot Officer W A Bates: killed; Sergeant W A Davis, Sergeant F Waldren, Sergeant Balcombe, Sergeant E A Grunsell: uninjured; aircraft abandoned over Lindholme, Doncaster, Whitley T4204, 78 Squadron, 1 January 1941.C16688883

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Whitley V T4204

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Pilot OfficerWilliam Albert BATES (86711) Whitley V T4204   1941-01-0178 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery

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