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    Hi

    This may not be the correct place for this question - if so I apologise.

    I am doing some research into my family tree and would like to find some more things out about Wing Commander Donald Arthur White (42927)

    He served during WW2 and in 1947 - he was in the Aircraft Control Unit

    He left the RAF in 1968 with the rank of Wing Commander.

    I met him many times, the last time a few years before he died (he used to live in Sussex)

    In 1957 (as a Squadron Leader) he was Mentioned in Desptaches for services in Malaya.

    Does anyone know what he may have done to be MiD?

    Thanks

    Simon

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    Other more knowledgeable than I may know.
    But it may well have something to do with this a/c crash ?

    AIR81/4661 Leading Aircraftman R N Tait: killed; Flying Officer D A White: injured; aircraft accident, Oxford V3229, RAF College Cranwell, 23 December 1940. C16688759

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    401223 - Unaccounted airmen 23-12-1940 What caused the death of and/or what were the places of death registration for: AC2 Albert E. GOULDING - 978247 - 35 Sqn (Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire) - killed on active service. AC2 Robert E. MADDEN - 928206 - 10 BC, 925 (Balloon) Sqn, Manchster & Bowlee - not found Flight archives. Oxford I N6277 of 2 FTS flew into high ground at night Southrop LG, Gloucestershire (as casualty already LAC [Pilot u/t] Alfrede M.P. DICKFORD - 919448. Oxford I V3229 of RAFC crashed Belton Park, Grantham, Lincolnshire (as casualty already LAC [Pilot u/t] Richard N. TAIT - 1165238; death registered at Grantham). Regards and thanks for your help. Henk. ....Read More. Henk Welting on 14th July 2008 09:16:16

    Details from the Air 81 section in this forum.

    Also see this old post -

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...&p=11491#11491

    Alex
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    Hi Alex,

    Thanks a lot.

    I 'sort of' knew he was injured in WW2 - I remember as a kid his right hand had been damaged but he never talked about it and I never asked him.

    I have info from the London Gazette about his promotions and postings but nothing definite about his service.

    May I ask what is 'Pilot U/T' - Pilot untrained or Under Training? If so would 'Uncle Don' have been training him at the time of the accident?

    AIR81/4661 Leading Aircraftman R N Tait: killed; Flying Officer D A White: injured; aircraft accident, Oxford V3229, RAF College Cranwell, 23 December 1940. C16688759

    Oxford I V3229 of RAFC crashed Belton Park, Grantham, Lincolnshire (as casualty already LAC [Pilot u/t] Richard N. TAIT - 1165238; death registered at Grantham).

    Many thanks

    Simon




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    Hi

    I have just found this on the internet

    23/12/1940
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    V3229
    Belton Park
    This aircraft was wrecked at 1815hrs whilst practising night circuits and landings at Barkston Heath. The pupil pilot took off normally, climbed to 1000 feet and lost sight of the flarepath in mist. Whilst searching for it again, the aircraft lost height and crashed into rising ground nearby. Instructor F/O DA White was seriously injured, pupil LAC RN Tait was killed.

    thanks

    Simon

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    Thank you Simon, it confirms the event and fatality, but still does not verify if perhaps his actions that day was the reason for his MiD ?
    Alex

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    He is unlikely to be getting an MiD in 1957 for a 1940 incident and the MiD is stated to be for Malaya service in the LG.

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    Hi

    He was after about 1943 in the Aircraft Control Branch, looking at the various LGs I have downloaded, he seemed to end his career in that Branch.

    Its more than likely he was MiD for aircraft control rather than actual combat.

    I know he did mention working in the 'control tower' at some point in his career.

    Thanks for the help

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    Hello Dennis,
    Good to see that you are watching, I missed the 1957 date in post 1 :(
    Alex

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