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    Hello all,

    Can someone with access to the No.83 Sqn. ORB, help with determining the cause of death of AUS407565 Sgt Leonard Garth WHIBLEY RAAF, on 13-2-1942?

    Whibley's fate is not recorded in BCL3/32 (possibly no aircraft loss), and BCL9RoH/143, incorrectly records his unit as 82 Sqn.

    In the Title of Whibley's undigitised A705 (NAA: A705 163/177/218), there is mention of Manchester I L7389 being involved on 13-2-1942.

    Whibley rests in Hebburn Cemetery, Durham.

    How did Whibley die?

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    Col

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    Killed by Flak in Hampden AE133. (According to Low/Harper 83 Sq.)

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    Gents,
    Assume NAA is correct for Manchester L7389; Hampden AE133 crashed on the German island Sylt 11-1-1942.
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    Confirm WHIBLEY on Manchester L7389. Operation 'Fuller'. Took off Scampton 13.35h. Attacked by fighter aircraft. Remaining crew safe:
    P/O R. McFARLANE; F/Sgt J.E. PARTRIDGE; Sgt ELSMAN; P/O J.P. HAYES; Sgt KIDD, and Sgt A. IRELAND.
    Regards,
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    Henk & John,

    Thanks for your efforts, an awkward one cleared-up.

    Col.

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    Henk,

    In light of what Alan Storr has to say in RAAF Fatalities (Vol.4. 51 to 100 Sqns. p.383 of 534), I think we need to look at this again.

    Unfortunately, Storr quotes two Manchester serials ie, L7387 and L7378, adding to our problems.

    Here is Storr's crew list (with some additional notes of my own):

    111222 P/O (Pilot) Robert McFARLANE RAFVR (awarded a DFC for this action).
    742635 F/Sgt (2nd Pilot) John Eely PARTRIDGE RAFVR (later DFC)
    106564 P/O (Nav.) John Rowland FEIRN RAFVR (+ 13-3-42. 83 Sqn)
    47610 P/O (W./Op.) John Peirson HAYES DFM RAF
    930648 Sgt (2nd W./Op.) John Horace RIDD RAFVR (+ 3-4-43. 137523 P/O. 83 Sqn)
    - ? - Sgt (Air Gnr.) - ? - ALLAN
    AUS407565 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Leonard Garth WHIBLEY RAAF + (13-2-42)

    Can anyone add to the above, and also confirm that the Manchester involved, was in fact L7389.

    Thanks,

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 20th July 2010 at 03:49.

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    Dear Col
    Can I put a spanner in the works here?
    Low & Harper list Whibley as being lost in Manchester R5838 OL-S
    crew as listed by Henk.
    Aircraft attacking battle cruisers in North Sea. Sgt Whibley killed by flak.

    The earlier mix up with Hampden AE133 was due to a print layout error on the page in Low & Harper

    So yes he was in a Manchester but possibly a different number to the one you already had.
    Hope this helps
    James

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    This should be quiet straightforward,, There are not that many Manchesters for a start has anyone got access to

    Avro Manchester: The Legend Behind the Lancaster by Robert Kirby - I think it has a production listing

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    This should be quiet straightforward,, There are not that many Manchesters for a start has anyone got access to

    Avro Manchester: The Legend Behind the Lancaster by Robert Kirby - I think it has a production listing

    According to Ross's list on this site:


    L7246 L7247 Manchester Avro
    L7276 L7526 Manchester Avro
    R5768 R5797 Manchester Avro
    R5829 R5841 Manchester Avro

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henk Welting View Post
    Confirm WHIBLEY on Manchester L7389. Operation 'Fuller'. Took off Scampton 13.35h. Attacked by fighter aircraft. Remaining crew safe:
    P/O R. McFARLANE; F/Sgt J.E. PARTRIDGE; Sgt ELSMAN; P/O J.P. HAYES; Sgt KIDD, and Sgt A. IRELAND.
    Regards,
    Henk.
    Have to review my reaction mentioned before. Don't know how I could come up with L7389 and confirm what's in my files: R5838 - OL-S.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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