HERBERT ERNEST WHALE

Born: 1917, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Died on or since: 4th June 1944; age: 27; shot down at Calera, Italy.

Residence: 98, Alan Road, Ipswich.

Rank: Flight Sergeant/Navigator/Bomber; Service Number: 1576271.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 114 Squadron.

 

Grave Reference:

Collective Grave XIX.G.10.

Beach Head War Cemetery,

Anzio,

Lazio,

Italy.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Archibald James & Alice Whale, of Ipswich.

 

Father: Archibald James Whale, born 1874, Ipswich.

Mother: Alice Whale (nee Daldry), born 1874, Ipswich.

 

Herbert’s brother, William Thomas Whale, went missing and later presumed KiA in the First World War, on the 7th October 1916; age 19. William was a Private, of the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 6th Battalion. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

 

Probate to Archibald James Whale, a retired Carter.

 

6th June 1944

 

Aircraft – Boston IIIA BZ257 took off at 00.15 hrs, on a mission to carry out an armed recce of the roads to the east, west and north of Rome. Feld Weble – Helmut Bunje of 4.NJG6 claimed to have shot down the aircraft at Calera, south west of Rome, at 01.11 hrs. The aircraft wreckage was discovered in late 1944.

Crew:

Clive Alexander Pickup; Warrant Officer/Pilot; age 31; R.A.A.F.

Wilfred Henry Elsley; Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 35; R.A.F.V.R.

Ernest Edward Brett; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.

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