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    Default 100 Sqn Airmen buried in Pakistan

    Who can help me with this one i wonder?! :)

    1258348 AC2 Harold Frederick George Whatley, 100 Squadron, is buried in Karachi War Cemetery in Pakistan. His date of death in the CWGC Register is given as the 20th of April 1942. Now i know that many of the RAF survivors from the Singapore debacle made a run for it during March and April 1942, but most of them went in the opposite direction towards Australia.

    So, my question is, who can offer me any details regarding AC2 Whatley's death?

    Thanks in advance for anything that anyone can offer.

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    Greg
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    Hi Greg
    I don't know whether this will help but "Bloody Shambles" vol 2 (Chris Shores, Brian Cull and Yasuho Izawa) records on p234 that ships evacuating personnel from Tilatjap in Java in Feb 42 were instructed to proceed to Australia. Capt. Frederik Goos on the Kota Gode disobeyed orders and sailed to Ceylon instead. He had about 2000 on board. There is no mention of names other than a Sgt Richardson of 211 Sqn who is quoted in the book.It might explain how your man got to the Indian Sub-Continent. At the time it was believed that all the ships that went for Australia were sunk but one did survive carrying among it's load a Sgt C McDonald, a 100 Sqn Nav, who was wounded.
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    Hi Dick,

    Many thanks for the speedy reply, and also for the additional gen on one of my men, McDonald :) I'll keep the details you've supplied on him to hand and try and tie him up with the ORB.

    Thanks again Dick, i owe you a beer :)

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    Hi Greg,

    I have some names for you, 100 Sq members returning to India on the ship SS Tanda on 12 May 1942:
    W/C AWD Miller 33171
    S/L JG Kirby
    F/Lt FD Mitchell
    F/Lt JEF Jacklin 39284

    Lac EW Butler Fabric Maker 1171034


    Is it of interest ??
    Alain

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    Hi Greg
    If the names of 100 Sqn are useful, Bloody Shambles vol 2 lists the award of the DFC to S/Ldr I W Hutcheson, 100 Sqn, for Service in the area and announced in 1946 after his release from Japanese captivity
    Regards
    Dick

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