Graveyard / Begraafplaats: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery
Location / Locatie: KK grave 10
Militairy Service / Krijgsdienst: Royal Canadian Air Force
Rang: Pilot Officer
Regiment: 426 Sqdn.
Number / Nummer: J/88871
Age / Leeftijd: 23
Date of death / Overlijdensdatum: 20/02/1944
Place of death / Overlijdensplaats: Valkenswaard
Son of Michael and Estelle Whalen from Port Arthur; Ontario; Canada.
The plane crashed at 2 km north-north-east of Valkenswaard.
The plane, a Lancaster, was flown by pilot McKenzie and was on the way back from an attack on Leipzig, crashed at 05:45. Departed from Airport Linton-on-Ouse at 23:54.
The 426 Squadron was part of the RCAF and crew consisted almost entirely of Canadians, with the exception of the flight engineer Gwynne, who was from the RAF.
The plane was shot down by a night fighter and exploded before it hit the ground. All crew members were killed here.
Total volume of this attack was 823 aircraft: 561 Lancasters, 255 Halifaxes and 7 Mosquitos.
44 Lancasters and 34 Halifaxes were lost.
It was a bad night for Bomber Command. From the Dutch coast to over German territory it was under fire from German night fighters.
The effect of the bombing was hard to detect by the poor visibility.
On the photos:
Group Photo – Vernon Whalen and Daniel Hart (DFC) in England (best friends since their school days)
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Morris Allan Mckenzie - Pilot Officer
John Vernon Gwynne - Sergeant
Harold Alton Hancock - Flying Officer
Foster Richard Alleyn - Pilot Officer
Paul Conroy Cox - Flying Officer
Edward Albert Dowe - Pilot Officer
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