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6 June 2019
Crew 42, Pilot Peter Freston Whatling – 462 Squadron RAAF

 

Crew 42 - Rear Gunner Jock Whyte, Flight Engineer Dennis Claude Coleman (Ron), Wireless Operator Lew Edwards, Mid-Upper Gunner Jim Whitworth, Bomb Aimer John William Harris, Pilot Peter Whatling, Navigator Warwick Young - all posted to 462 Squadron - Driffield and Foulsham.
Photo from the John W. Harris Collection.
An identical photo has also been received from David Coleman.

 

 

Crew 42 of 462 Squadron, Driffield 1944, and Foulsham 1945.

Back row, left to right:
Rear Gunner Sgt James WHYTE; (Jock);
Flight Engineer Sgt Dennis Claude COLEMAN (Ron);
W/Op F/Sgt Llewellyn George EDWARDS (Lew);
M/UG Sgt James Sunderland WHITWORTH (Jim).

Front row, left to right:
Bomb Aimer F/Sgt John William HARRIS;
Pilot W/O Peter Freston WHATLING;
F/Sgt Navigator Warwick Denis YOUNG (Blue or Bluey).

This crew was posted to 462 Squadron at both Driffield and Foulsham. Based on the background in similar photos of other Crews, this photo was most likely taken at Foulsham, Norfolk.

Links to Pilot Whatling, Nav Young, B/Aimer Harris,
W/OP Edwards, MU/AG Whitworth, R/AG Whyte,
F/Eng Coleman; and Additional Crew information.

 

 

Crew 42 Reunion 1998 - L to R Dennis Claude Coleman, Peter Freston Whatling, Warwick Denis Young, all previously in 462 Squadron, Driffield and Foulsham.
Photo from the Dennis Claude Coleman Collection.

Crew 42 Reunion 1998.

Left: Dennis Claude Coleman, former Flight Engineer
Centre: Peter Freston Whatling, former Pilot/Captain
Right: Warwick Denis Young, former Navigator

In the background is Parker's Piece, a well known cricket ground in Cambridge.

 

Crew 42 Reunion 1998 - L to R, Warwick Denis Young, Peter Freston Whatling, Dennis Claude Coleman, all previously in 462 Squadron, Driffield and Foulsham.
Photo from the Dennis Claude Coleman Collection.

Crew 42 Reunion 1998.

Left: Warwick Denis Young, former Navigator
Centre: Peter Freston Whatling, former Pilot/Captain
Right: Dennis Claude Coleman, former Flight Engineer

In the background is the Jack Hobbs Pavilion Restaurant, which is opposite Parker's Piece cricket ground, Cambridge.

 

The above 2 photos are of Dennis Coleman, Peter Whatling and Warwick Young when they met up in 1998. Warwick had travelled to the UK from Australia in order to meet up with his grown up children who reside there, so he also took the opportunity to reunite with his old crew mates. The three of them met in Cambridge for lunch. The photos were taken at Parker's Piece, a well known cricket ground in Cambridge, in front of the Jack Hobbs Pavilion Restaurant. Both Peter and Dennis were keen cricket players in their day. For identification purposes, former Pilot Peter Whatling is the chap in the middle of both photographs, and Warwick Young is the man wearing the spectacles.
Dennis Coleman was aged 72 in May 1998, and Warwick Young was aged 74 in December 1998.

The reunion photos were kindly supplied by, and used with the permission of David Coleman, son of F/Eng Dennis Coleman.

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PILOT
Name: Peter Freston WHATLING (known as Peter)
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Number: 1389305 (195582)
(1389305 allocated from August 1940 from Euston;
new Service No. allocated after Commission.)

Date of Birth: Not known
Place of Birth: Not known
Date of Enlistment: From August 1940
Place of Enlistment: Euston, UK
Next of Kin: Not known
Date of Discharge: Not known
Rank: Warrant Officer, later Pilot Officer
Posting at Discharge: Unknown (ex 462 Squadron)
Prisoner of War: No

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NAVIGATOR
Name: Warwick Denis YOUNG
(known as Blue or Bluey – common Aussie nicknames for redheads)
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 430297
Date of Birth: 23 December 1924
Place of Birth: North Melbourne, Victoria
Date of Enlistment: 1 January 1943
Place of Enlistment: Melbourne, Victoria
Next of Kin: YOUNG, W
Date of Discharge: 12 April 1946
Rank: F/Sgt, later Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit
Prisoner of War: No
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BOMB AIMER / Observer
Name: John William HARRIS (known as Jack at 462 Sqdn)
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Number: 1337631
(allocated from November 1940 from Uxbridge and Weston-super-Mare)
Date of Birth: 2 April 1923
Place of Birth: Kent, UK
Date of Enlistment: From November 1940
Place of Enlistment: Uxbridge or Weston-super-Mare
Next of Kin: Not known
Date of Discharge: Not known (after May 1946)
Rank: Sgt, later F/Sgt (Warrant Officer post-war)
Posting at Discharge: Not known (possibly West Kirby)
Prisoner of War: No
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WIRELESS OPERATOR
Name: Llewellyn George EDWARDS (known as Lew)
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 419117
Date of Birth: 23 March 1924
Place of Birth: Ballarat, Victoria
Date of Enlistment: 14 July 1942
Locality on Enlistment: Thornbury
Place of Enlistment: Melbourne, Victoria
Next of Kin: EDWARDS, Arthur
Date of Discharge: 11 March 1946
Rank: Warrant Officer (F/Sgt during conflict 1945)
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit
Prisoner of War: No
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MID-UPPER GUNNER
Name: James Sunderland WHITWORTH (known as Jim)
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Number: 1582513
(allocated from June 1941 from Birmingham)

Date of Birth: Not known
Place of Birth: Not known
Date of Enlistment: From June 1941 (?)
Place of Enlistment: Birmingham (?)
Next of Kin: Not known
Date of Discharge: Not known
Rank: Sergeant, later F/Sgt
Posting at Discharge: Not known (ex 462 Squadron)
Prisoner of War: No
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REAR GUNNER
Name: James WHYTE (known as Jock)
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Number: 3020584
(allocated from May 1943 to ATC Cadets, Edinburgh)

Date of Birth: 17 May 1924
Place of Birth: Airdrie, Scotland
Date of Enlistment: 20 September 1943
Place of Enlistment: Edinburgh, as ATC Cadet
Next of Kin: Elizabeth Williamson (mother)
Date of Discharge: 08 May 1947
Rank: Flight Sergeant (at 462 Sqdn)
Posting at Discharge: 101 Personnel Dispersal Centre, RAF Kirkham
Prisoner of War: No
(Date and place of birth, place of enlistment, and date and posting at Discharge
advised by the family of James Whyte.)

 

James WHYTE, 3020584, RAFVR, Rear Gunner Crew 42, 462 Squadron.
Photo courtesy of the Whyte Family.

James WHYTE, 3020584, RAFVR, Rear Gunner Crew 42, 462 Squadron. His Air Gunner is clearly visible, but not visible are any Sergeant stripes or Flight Sergeant stripes/badge. This indicates that his rank was Warrant Officer. As he is also wearing his Medal Ribbon bar, this dates the photo as being after the War, possibly just prior to, or at release from the RAFVR in 1947. His last pay was at the rank of Warrant Officer.

 

Crew 42 of 462 Squadron, Foulsham, from Rear Gunner F/Sgt James Whyte, 3020584 RAFVR.
Photo courtesy of the Whyte Family.

Possibly Pilot Whatling's Crew 42 of 462 Squadron, Foulsham, on a tea break with an unknown WAAF. Photo is from Rear Gunner F/Sgt James Whyte's collection, but he is not included, so may have been taking the photo. Pilot Whatling is also not present. The location is not known. The writing on the curtained section on the left is not legible at magnification. The room does not look like Nissen Hut living quarters, so where are they, and for what purpose?

Left to right, possible identification by comparison with crew photo:
1. Unknown WAAF; 2. MU/AG Whitworth; 3. W/Op Edwards (darker RAAF uniform); 4. B/Aimer Harris (RAF badge; top of F/Sgt crown just visible); 5. Nav Young (darker RAAF uniform); 6. RAF Flight Sergeant (so not Flight Engineer Sgt Coleman).

If anyone can confirm or correct identification, and/or location, please make contact.
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FLIGHT ENGINEER
Name: Dennis Claude COLEMAN
(known as Ron, after Ronald Colman, an English actor of that era)

Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Number: 3005236
(allocated from May 1943 to ATC Cadets Cardington)

Date of Birth: 24 May 1926
Place of Birth: Chelsea, London
Date of Enlistment: May 1943
Place of Enlistment: RAF Recruiting Centre, Lords Cricket Ground, London
Next of Kin: Not known
Date of Discharge: January 1948
Posting at Discharge: RAF Aldergrove, Northern Ireland, UK
Rank: Sergeant (1944-1945, during conflict)
Rank: F/Sgt when posted from 462 Squadron in September 1945
Prisoner of War: No
(Date and place of birth, place of enlistment, and date and posting at Discharge
advised by the family of Dennis Coleman.)

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RFC and RAF Service Numbers from website ....
http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/rfc_raf.pdf
(Copy and paste, not a clickable link)

Series 1330001 to 1340000 were allocated from November 1940 from Uxbridge and Weston-super-Mare (i.e. J.W. Harris)
Series 1375001 to 1400000 were allocated from August 1940 from Euston (i.e. P. F. Whatling)
Series 1575001 to 1585000 were allocated from June 1941 from Birmingham (i.e. J. S. Whitworth)
Series 3000000 to 3010000 were allocated from May 1943 to ATC Cadets Cardington (i.e. D. C. Coleman)
Series 3020001 to 3025000 were allocated from May 1943 to ATC Cadets Edinburgh (i.e. J. Whyte)

 

Additional Crew information.

For a list of Crew Operations, please view the page for Bomb Aimer John William Harris, created for 6 March 2012. Information there was sourced from John's log book and the 462 Squadron Operation Record Book. Also on John's page is a section listing WW2 connections between the Whatling crew and the Crew of NA240. The Whatling crew also participated in the night Op of the 10 April 1945 when NA240 failed to return.

On the 462 Squadron photo page ... Warwick Young may also be seen in the back row of the Navigators photo (Feb/March 1945). John Harris is in the back row of the Bomb Aimer's photo (March 1945). Dennis Coleman was on leave so missed being included in the Flight Engineer's photo. Other members of this crew may also have been on leave, or may be in other group photos on that page but have not yet been identified. Whatling is not present in either of the Pilot photos.

Except for the Log Book for John Harris, no other log books had been located, and Service Files were not available, so crew information had been taken from 462 Squadron ORBs, or as supplied by family of crew members. After contact in March 2019 by James C Whyte, son of Rear Gunner Jock Whyte, information has become available from Jock's Log Book. Some of his details are recorded later in this section.

From service information for B/A John Harris, he was posted to No. 10 Operational Training Unit (10 OTU), RAF Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK, from 17 April 1944 to 28 July 1944. As 'crewing up' usually occurred at an OTU, it is probable that Whatling's crew of 6 formed there. From service information for Jock Whyte, he also commenced flying training with Pilot Whatling from 02 June 1944, at 10 OTU.

B/A John Harris was posted to 1658 Heavy Conversion Unit (1658 HCU) Riccall, Yorkshire, UK. from 10 Sept 1944 to 26 Oct 1944, and it could be assumed that the crew was posted together, and here F/Eng Dennis Coleman would have joined as the 7th permanent member of the crew, training in Halifax aircraft.

According to the ORB, this crew was Posted To 462 Squadron Driffield in November 1944, and John Harris's information records his date of posting as 3 Nov 1944, to 'A' Flight. Pilot Whatling's first Op as a 2nd Pilot was on 6 November 1944 with the Byrom Crew. Whatling's first Op with his usual crew was on 16 November 1944. The crew relocated with 462 Squadron from Driffield to Foulsham at the end of December 1944. Their last Op at Foulsham was on 2 May 1945.

Pilot Whatling, Bomb Aimer Harris, MU/AG Whitworth and R/AG Whyte were all Posted From 462 Squadron Foulsham in May 1945, however their new postings were not recorded. Harris's information records his next posting as 199 Squadron, 'B' Flight, North Creake, Norfolk. Information from Jock Whyte's son was that Jock was posted to 171 Squadron, North Creake, Norfolk.
F/Eng Coleman and the two RAAF crew members, Nav Young and WOP Edwards, all remained at Foulsham until September 1945. Coleman was then posted to RAF Bruntingthorpe, and Young and Edwards were posted to 9 Air Crew Holding Unit (9 ACHU), RAF Gamston, in preparation for repatriation to Australia. The extra few months together at Foulsham probably strengthened their bonds of friendship.

On Posting To 462 Squadron, Driffield, ORB November 1944, Form 540, page 30 ....
Whatling was Warrant Officer;
Young and Edwards were both RAAF Flight Sergeants;
Harris, Whyte, Whitworth, and Coleman were all Sergeants.

On Posting From 462 Squadron, Foulsham, ORB May 1945, Form 540, page 83 (Officers) and page 84 (NCOs) ....
Whatling had already received his Commission and promotion to the rank of Pilot Officer (page 83);
Harris and Whitworth and Whyte had all been promoted to Flight Sergeants (page 84).

On Posting From 462 Squadron, Foulsham, ORB September 1945, Form 540, pages 117 and 118 (NCOs) ....
Coleman had also been promoted to Flight Sergeant;
Young and Edwards had both been promoted to RAAF Warrant Officers.

Dennis Claude Coleman 3005236 RAFVR Flight Engineer

He was sometimes recorded in the Squadron ORBs as R C Coleman, most likely because he was nick-named 'Ron', after the 1930s/1940s English actor Ronald Colman. Dennis was also incorrectly recorded as G C Coleman, and also with incorrect Service Numbers 2005236 and 3005326.
There were two other crew men with the name Coleman posted to 462 Squadron – Pilot Gerald Coleman, September to October 1944 (KIA MZ400 Z5-J on 9 October 1944), and Mid-Upper Gunner Mervyn John Coleman of the Finley crew (August to December 1944).
Family info records advise that Dennis flew 29 ops with 462 Squadron before the end of the war, so was declared one Op short of "a tour". The ORB lists 28 of those Ops, however with the many errors in the ORB, the extra Op may yet be located. Alternately, one Op may have been a non-starter, at or before take-off, so not recorded in the ORB.

The following information has been provided by David Coleman, so is mostly as written by him. At our first contact on 17th December 2015, his father Dennis was alive, aged 89, but was very poorly. Sadly, but as expected by his family, Dennis passed away peacefully in his sleep on 19th December 2015. Three members of the crew had met up in Cambridge in 1998 (details in previous section with photos). Peter Whatling and Warwick "Bluey" Young are also now both deceased, as is John Harris.

In the words of David Coleman (son of F/Eng Dennis Claude Coleman) .........

"About a week before his death, Dennis provided me with some wonderful stories relating to crew 42 and how he affectionately referred to them as his “band of brothers”. He also gave me the whereabouts of all the documentation he collected in the last 20 years relating to his experiences with 462 Squadron during 1944 and 1945. In this collection there was an original copy of the crew photograph which you have on the website provided by the family of John Harris. Dennis had hand written all the crew names on the reverse side of his copy. He also had a copy of 462’s group photo of flight engineers taken at Foulsham. Dennis was absent from this photo because he was on leave! I have attached a photo of Halifax NA148, Z5-Z that Dennis also had in his collection. It was taken at RAF Foulsham sometime in early 1945 which I hope you can add to your website."
(See photo of NA148 on the Halifax page)
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"I knew that in the last 20 years Dennis had travelled to Kew in London so as to access the official RAF records kept there. I have scanned copies of the documentation he collected and this too provides a fascinating insight into the flight operations of his crew. I have attached copies of this documentation to this email. I hope you will be able to use this documentation to help build up even more information about 462 Squadron’s history as well as the personnel who served in it. One attachment is the official diary taken from the squadron’s flight operations log (form 540) relating to the missions flown by Crew 42. It also summarises their formation as a crew as well as what immediately happened to Dennis when the squadron was disbanded after the war in 1945. The second attachment is someone’s recollection of the missions flown by crew 42 – I wish I had asked Dennis as to who the author was, but I can only surmise it was another crew member who had typed up the missions flown and had been in communication with Dennis long after the war had finished. I particularly like the references made to their emergency landing at RAF Manston on 12/12/44 because of fuel shortage and the subsequent enforced leave whilst their aircraft was fixed – “trying to find the fleshpots of nearby Margate”! There is also another reference made to having to land at nearby RAF Woodbridge because of thick fog at Foulsham after their op on 2/12/44. There is another hand written entry made by Dennis that refers to his last op in which he and Peter Whatling flew some top brass officials over to Flensburg in July 1945 returning with a captured Luftwaffe colonel and "pieces of booty". I wonder what the booty consisted of?"
(Documentation received and held pending identification of authors, but this has not yet been successful.)

"Dennis rarely spoke to us, his family, about the missions themselves, preferring to recount some of the good times and capers he and his mates got up to whilst on leave. Without doubt, he along with all his crew mates and squadron colleagues would have experienced real danger every time they flew their Halifax bombers on operational sorties into hostile territory, but like so many of his generation he was very reserved about discussing this with anyone other than his comrades. He did however give me an insight into the mission on 24/02/45 in which 4 of the 10 aircraft were lost. I have attached a typed communication Dennis had with a colleague about this mission. I recount that Dennis had told me that the op was a mess up from the very beginning and that the flight had ended up “in the wrong place at the wrong time” because of poor planning by high command. German night fighters subsequently set upon the flight without any protection from the Mosquitoes who had been originally tasked to provide cover. Dennis’s aircraft, MZ429 sustained some damage but remained perfectly airworthy returning to base at Foulsham. I cannot imagine how the whole Squadron must have felt with such a severe loss of life resulting from this one operation."
(Documentation received and held pending identification of second author, but this has not yet been successful. The four crews lost on 24 February 1945 were Ely and Crew 39, Rate and Crew 13, Ridgewell and Crew 37, Tootal and Crew 57.)

"I have not yet found my Dad's flying log book, if indeed he kept the original, but will continue to hunt for it. All the information I have given you about his service postings are based on my personal conversations with him before he died. After 462 Squadron was disbanded, my Dad was posted to RAF Bruntingthorpe in September 1945. Shortly after that he was posted to 107 MU based at RAF Kasfareet, Egypt where he spent two years. In late 1947, he was posted back to the UK where he served his final months at RAF Aldergrove before leaving the service in January 1948. He had responded to the big recruitment drive by the UK Government at the time for suitable ex-forces personnel to be trained as teachers. My Dad subsequently trained and then worked as a primary school teacher in Cambridge, before emigrating to Canada where he became head teacher of the the town's school in Oxbow, Saskatchewan. in 1963 he returned to the UK and spent  the rest of his teaching career working in primary schools in Warwickshire. He retired from the profession in 1986."
(MU – Maintenance Unit, Suez Canal Zone.)

"I have also attached a couple of photos of my Dad when he met up with Peter Whatling and Warwick Denis Young in 1998." (Photos and description included in the previous section).

James WHYTE, 3020584 RAFVR Rear Gunner – Information and scans of documents kindly supplied by his son, James C WHYTE; also some details from the 462 Squadron Operational Record Book (ORB.).

A summary of his basic Service Details is shown in a previous section, along with a portrait photo.

At 462 Squadron, James Whyte was known as Jock, possibly because there was also another James/Jim in the crew (MU/AG Whitworth), or possibly just because he was Scottish. He was born in Airdrie (east of Glasgow) Scotland, and at Release from the RAF, his final Rail Pass was to the Railway Station at Airdrie. (See later Documents)

His service number 3020584 is of the sequence that was issued to ATC Cadets (Air Training Corps) in Edinburgh. He had spoken of his time in the ATC, but his family have no formal record of this.

03 March 1941 - Commenced Apprenticeship as Turner, at Murray & Patterson Ltd. (age 16 years 9½ months)

15 September 1943 - Left his "protected" job (Reserved Occupation) to join the RAFVR. He returned to complete his Apprenticeship with the same Engineering Works after the war. (See later Documents)

20 September 1943 - Commence full-time service in the RAFVR (See later Documents)

12 February 1944 - First entry in flying log book

1944 - Trained at Isle of Man (I.o.M.)

June 1944 - Posted TO 10 Operational Training Unit (10 OTU), first flight with W/O Whatling on 02 June 1944. (This matches information for the Crew's Bomb Aimer John Harris, with his posting to 10 OTU, RAF Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK, from 17 April 1944 to 28 July 1944).
September 1944 to October 1944 - Posted TO 1658 Heavy Conversion Unit (1658 HCU), Riccall, Yorkshire (as for B/A Harris).

November 1944 to 29 December 1944 - 462 Squadron, 4 Group, 'A' Flight, Driffield, Yorkshire

29 December 1944 - Relocation from Driffield to Foulsham, in Halifax III aircraft, Z5-E, departed Driffield 1430 hours; flight time 1 hour 10 minutes (Halifax LV955, re-tagged from Z5-W, after loss of LL599 E on 23 October 1944 Nelder Crew 28)

January 1945 to May 1945 - 462 Squadron, 100 Group - 'A' Flight, Foulsham, Norfolk

14 April 1945 - Whyte now at the rank of Flight Sergeant (as recorded in ORB, Whatling crew, Op to Hamburg, on that date)

25 May 1945 - Whatling flew a "Cook's Tour" to the Ruhr (which included B/Aimer Harris). It is likely this was the last flight together as a Crew. (This was one of four Squadron aircraft on that Cook's Tour - all with their crew of 7, plus 7 ground crew as passengers; two aircraft also carried passengers from a nearby Fighter squadron - no Pilots, or aircrew, or passengers were named in the ORB.)

May 1945 - Posted FROM 462 Squadron (as were Pilot Whatling, B/Aimer Harris, MU/AG Whitworth)

Undated, but probably late May or early June 1945 - Posted TO 171 Squadron, North Creake, Norfolk, "A"Flight, flying in Halifaxes. 171 Squadron was also a Special Duties Squadron of 100 Group, having been formed from 199 Squadron (Special Duties, 100 Group), North Creake.
14 June 1945 - Fighter Affiliation and Bombing (possibly bomb disposal in the North Sea?)

03 July 1945 - last flight with 171 Squadron to Flensburg. 171 Squadron was disbanded on 27 July 1945, so Jock Whyte would have been posted FROM the squadron on or prior to 27 July.

Please refer to Jock Whyte's log book for June and July 1945. This must have been a bit strange for Whyte to have a new pilot, after having flown with Peter Whatling since 02 June 1944. (See later Documents)

Undated - Re-mustered as Radar Operator (see later Documents), posted TO Radar Station, possibly near Durness on the north coast of Scotland (North-west Sutherland) - Jock had talked to his family about a radar station in the north of Scotland on high cliffs overlooking the sea. This posting was non-flying.

13/03/1947 - Departure from 101 Dispersal Centre, RAF Kirkham; granted 56 days leave commencing following day; Rail pass to Airdrie Railway Station. (See later Documents) He is erroneously recorded as Sergeant, but was at the rank of Flight Sergeant by 14 April 1945. His final pay was at the rank of Warrant Officer.

08 May 1947 - Effective day of Release from RAF (i.e. last day of Service) at end of 56 days leave. (See later Documents)

11 April 1948 - Completed his Apprenticeship as Turner at Murray & Patterson Ltd., Coatbridge. (See later Documents)

James WHYTE's personal life - as advised by his son (James/Jim WHYTE), and included with family agreement.

James was born on 17 May 1924, at Airdrie, Scotland. His next-of-kin was his mother Elizabeth (Lizzie) WILLIAMSON. His father was also named James Whyte. (To differentiate between the father/son, the RAFVR James WHYTE will be referred to as Jock WHYTE.)

In September 1957, in Glasgow, Scotland, Jock WHYTE married  Sheila Rea REITZE  (whose father was a son of a German immigrant who moved to Scotland in the 1800s).
Jock and Sheila had 3 children in the 1960s - James C, Alastair G, and Janet A Whyte.
Jock died of cancer in Nov 2003.
...... and on his death bed he talked about the RAF, the best days of his life, being in the war with the rest of his crew; having a accident when pillion on a motorbike after skidding at a farm entrance; and a MG sports car they stripped the paint off (Aluminium bodied) after noticing the paint being stripped off a aircraft from a brake fluid leak; stealing aircraft fuel for their car; the breakfast after a mission.
..... and the not so good stories about a De Havilland Mosquito (made with balsa wood and paper) catching fire with live ammunition on board and nobody being able to help the two crew inside as it was going off. 
..... This shows that the bond they made all those years ago, stayed with him all his life. Jim believed his father Jock and "Pilot" Peter Whatling met up after the war at Blackpool, England.
..... After the war Jock had various jobs in Engineering and ended up as a Production Engineer in the south of England. He brought his family back to Scotland in 1976 after owning a Sub post office and stores in Surrey England.
Still intact, and with the family, is Jock's silk map for France, Holland and Germany - now over 75 years old.

Jim has forwarded a photo of Squadron personnel in front of, and on the wings of a Halifax. Jock is on the wing, 2nd from left. The photo is undated, with no other information recorded. It is possibly of 171 Squadron, but this needs to be researched further. Lots of grass, and leafy trees are visible in the photo, so it looks like summer, which matches his North Creake posting of June and July 1945.

Jim has identified his father in the photo of Air gunners of A Flight, 462 Squadron Foulsham, back row, 3rd from right, and has the same picture in the his possession.

Jim has also sent a photo of 462 Squadron Personnel in front of a Halifax, on the left a large sign marked 462 SQDRN RAAF (also shown at 462 Squadron Foulsham). That photo has been dated as sometime between 07 March 1945 and 10 April 1945, due to the presence of Sullivan Crew 61, and Ball Crew 59. The Whatling crew are not in that photo, and are believed to have been on leave (Op on 22 March, then gap to next Op on 10 April). Ball's Crew were on leave from 03 April to 09 April, last Op on 10 April, and Failed to Return. This narrows down the date to sometime between 23 March and 02 April (?) during which time Sullivan's and Ball's crews were both on Ops. If anyone has a definitive date, please make contact.

James WHYTE - Documentation

James WHYTE, 3020584 RAFVR, Log book for June and July 1945, 171 Squadron, North Creake.
Document courtesy of the Whyte Family.

Above: James WHYTE, Rear Gunner, Log book for June and July 1945, "A" Flight, 171 Squadron, North Creake.
14 June 1945 - Halifax "T", Pilot W/O Nelson, Fighter Affiliation, and Bombing; 1 hour 35 m night flying.
03 July 1945 - Halifax "G", Pilot F/O Philipson, Exercise "Flensburg"; 5 hours 20 m day flying (to Germany and return).

Total Flying - day - 152 Hours 25 Minutes
Total Flying - night - 194 Hours 05 Minutes
Total all Flying - 346 Hours 30 Minutes

Above: James WHYTE, 3020584 RAFVR, Rail Pass 2520/10, RAFVR Service and Release 2520/11
Document courtesy of the Whyte Family.

Above: James WHYTE, 3020584 RAFVR, Rail Pass 2520/10, RAFVR Service and Release 2520/11

Left side: RAF Form 2520/10, record of Rail Pass, 3rd Class, for single journey TO Airdrie (Scotland), on leave on Release, dated 13 March 1947, 101 Personnel Dispersal Centre, RAF Kirkham.

Right side: RAF Form 2520/11, record of Service and Release, dated 10 March 1947.
Served in the RAFVR from 20 September 1943 to 12 March 1947.
Aptitudes or Qualities ..... (quote) .... "As Air-Gunner completed a tour of operations. Remustered as Radar Operator, and has proved himself competent as an N.C.O. able to take charge. Character - Very Good. Intends to return to Engineering."

James WHYTE, 3020584 RAFVR, Release Authorisation, 2520/25
Document courtesy of the Whyte Family.

Above: James WHYTE, 3020584 RAFVR, Release Authorisation, 2520/25

Left side: RAF Form 2520/25, Release Authorisation Part I, dated 13 March 1947, 101 Personnel Dispersal Centre, RAF Kirkham.
Sgt J Whyte, 3020584, Class A Release; to Class G1 (?) of the Reserve (Note error in rank, was W/O);
RAF Service from 20 September 1943 to 13 March 1947;
56 days of Leave commencing departure from Dispersal on 13 March 1947;
Effective day of Release 08 May 1947.

Right side: RAF Form 2520/25, Release Authorisation Part II, dated 13 March 1947, 101 Personnel Dispersal Centre, RAF Kirkham.
Reporting for Employment - crossed through and Cancelled, as he intended to return to Engineering.

Ralph DAUGHTERS, Flight Engineer for the Robertson crew, was also processed for Release from the RAF, at 101 PDC on 17 March 1947, plus 56 days leave, effective day of Release 12 May 1947. His similar set of documents are shown on that crew's page.

 

James WHYTE, 3020584 RAFVR, Reference and Statement of Employment from Murray & Patterson Ltd.
Document courtesy of the Whyte Family.

Above: James WHYTE, 3020584 RAFVR, Reference and Statement of Employment from Murray & Patterson Ltd.

Coatbridge Engineering Works, Coatbridge (General Mechanical Engineers), dated 24 September 1948

"This is to certify that James Whyte served
part of his apprenticeship in these works as a
Turner from 3rd March, 1941, till 15th September,
1943, when he volunteered for service in the R.A.F.

He returned from War Service on 21st
September April, 1947 and resumed an interrupted apprentice-
ship, his time being out on 11th April, 1948.

During this period he worked all classes of
Turning Lathes.

While in our service he proved himself a
satisfactory worker and a good timekeeper.

Signed by J.M. Davidson, Secretary of Murray & Patterson Ltd.
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