Born: 1917, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

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

Residence: 96 – 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,





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


Father: Archibald James Whale, born June 1874, Ipswich. A Steam Engine Attendant.

Mother: Alice Whale (nee Daldry), born March 1874, Ipswich. A General Shop Attendant.

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 – father.


4th 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.


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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