WHITE Douglas John 427966

LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Douglas John WHITE

Service No: 427966
Born: Cottesloe WA, 15 August 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 11 October 1942
Unit: No. 30 Operational Training Unit (RAF), RAF Hixon, Staffordshire
Died: Air Operations (No. 30 Operational Training Unit Wellington aircraft MF968), Irish Sea, 12 October 1944, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Herbert John and Catherine Braithwaite White, of Peppermint Grove, Western Australia
Roll of Honour: Peppermint Grove WA
Remembered: Panel 259, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey
Remembered: Panel 132, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Wellington MF968 of No 30 Operational Training Unit RAF took off from RAF Seighford satellite aerodrome at 0300 hours on 12 October 1944, on a night cross country exercise. Approximately 30 minutes after take off the first position report was received from the aircraft, but after that nothing was heard and MF 968 did not return to base. The route of the exercise was over the Cardigan Bay area. In 1949 it was recorded that the missing crew had lost their lives at sea.

The crew members of MF968 were:

Warrant Officer John Richardson Gibson (426094) (Navigator)
Sergeant Hubert Glasper (1699735) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Ronald George Kingsley (419758) (Air Bomber)
Flight Sergeant William Mathew Schafer (433034) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Angus Reginald Telford (437884) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Douglas John White (427966) (Pilot)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/43/907