Born: 9th October 1917, Brondesbury, Middlesex.

Baptised: 25th November 1917, at Christ Church, Brondesbury, Brent, Middlesex. Parents: Janet & John George Wheeler, a Cabinet Maker, of 67, Derwent Drive, Hayes, Middlesex.

Died: 15th April 1943; age: 25; aircraft shot down over target.


Rank: Sergeant/Navigator/Bomber; Service Number: 900266.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 40 Squadron.


Grave Reference:

Collective grave V.D. 9-10.

Enfidaville War Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John George & Janet Wheeler, of Ipswich.


Father: John George Wheeler, born August 1887. A Cabinet Maker.

Mother: Janet Wheeler (nee Tytler), born January 1886, Hampstead, London. A Shop Manageress.


Probate to Janet Wheeler – mother.


15th April 1943


Aircraft: Wellington III HZ 125 nP took off at 20.17, from Gardabia South, mission to attack the airfield at St. Marie du Zit. Herbert & crew were shot down over their target by FW Lubenka of II/NJG2.


John Gregson Hibbert; Flight Sergeant/Pilot; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.

Joseph Thomas Knox; Flight Sergeant/Pilot; age: 24; R.A.F.V.R.

Christopher Blake Freeman; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age: 24; R.A.F.V.R.

Basil Charles Marling; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age: 28; R.A.F.V.R.

Ralph Malcolm Jay; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age: 20; R.A.F.V.R.

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