Born: 1921, Ipswich.

Died: 30th June 1941; age: 20; at Dover, Kent. Killed after the aircraft became entangled in the cable of a barrage balloon.


Rank: Pilot Officer; Service Number: 44533.

Regiment: Royal Air Force, 59 Squadron.

Formerly Second Lieutenant, 44533, Suffolk Regiment.


Grave Reference:


Hawkinge Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Sydney Charles & Dorothy Winifred Whitmore, of Ipswich.


Father: Sydney Charles Whitmore, born 1894, Harwich, Essex.

Mother: Dorothy Winifred Whitmore (nee Newman), born July 1894, Great Bentley, Essex.


John attended Ipswich School.


John is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial, and at Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.


30th June 1941


Aircraft: Blenheim Bomber Mk IV; Serial Number: V5863; Operation: Wander Patrol; Squadron Code: TR-X. Take Off Time from the Base at Detling: 02.26 hrs. The crew were all killed after they became entangled with a barrage balloon cable on the return from a patrol to the coast of Holland and ditched off Dover, Kent. John’s body was the only one to be recovered, his crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.


Dennis Noel Dulley; Sergeant; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Patrick Arthur Truman; Sergeant; age 25; R.A.F.V.R.

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