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Whapham, Alan Owen

Biographical

Surname(s)Whapham
First name(s)Alan Owen
Date of birth20 February 1913
Place of birthUckfield Registration District
Family detailsSon of Owen Thomas Whapham and Kathleen Whapham; husband of Katharine Grace Whapham, of Hampstead, London.
Previous educationErith County Secondary
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1931-1934
Dept / courseFaculty of Medicine
Military unitRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 279 Squadron
Service number121258
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death24/08/1943
Age at death30
Rank at deathFlying Officer
Commemoration(s)King’ s College; Runnymede Memorial; University of London O.T.C. & S.T.C.
Notes

Alan Whapham’s Hudson, and another, had gone to the aid of a Stirling crew who had ditched off the coast of Denmark. They dropped a lifeboat but shortly after the two Hudsons and the lifeboat were attacked by two Messerschmitt Bf110s. Wapham’s Hudson was shot down and the other one damaged. The lifeboat was attacked and sunk. The bodies of the crew were never found. http://www.flensted.eu.com

SourcesKing’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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