David Whiting Photo of 22 May 2014.
DW and his daughters Philippa Forsey and Sarah Whiting. Updated:
10 AUG 2014
On 13 May 2014 David Whiting kindly
sent a number of documents
to be published on www.airmen.dk.
Pilot Officer Jack
Maxwell Whiting was the
of Lancaster LL950 that
crashed near Vesterlund in
on 22 May 1944. He was the father of David Whiting.
See newspaper article
and police report and
Reports about a crashed aircraft.
photo of R.W. Bailey, J.M. Whiting and others.
Memorial stone to the crew and one to
airman was erected
here at the crash
Vesterlundvej 68, DK-7323 Give
to the Memorial stones.
On 22 May 2014 at the wreathlaying ceremony
attended by Britons and Danes in memory of the crew that perished 70 years
ago David Whiting held this speech
representing the Group Captain David Houghton, president of the
57 & 630 Squadrons Association):
"The early stages of the Second World War saw
successful German invasions on the continent supported by Luftwaffe air
power able to establish tactical air superiority.
On 10 May 1940, the Germans
invaded France and on 22 June the French surrendered. Germany now ruled
most of central Europe; from Poland to France, Denmark and Norway.
RAF Fighter Command
defended the United Kingdom against German aerial attacks, most notably
during the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940. (See
RAF Bomber Command’s role
was to attack the enemy's own military strength.
Aerial bombing offered the
only chance to bring the war to Germany itself and Britain was the only
country left in Europe with the military strength to do it.
A major logistical centre
in the Ruhr and location of chemical, steel and iron industries,
was a primary target of Allied bombers. As such, it is considered by some
historians to be the single most heavily bombed German city by the Allies
during World War II.
The main target for Bomber
Command on the night of 21st/22nd May 1944 was Duisburg and a force of 510
Lancasters and 22
Mosquitoes were dispatched.
That raid alone cost 29
Lancasters and around 200 crew-members killed. The southern part of
Duisburg was heavily bombed with 350 buildings destroyed,
665 damaged and 124 people killed.
The other significant
operation on the night of 21/22 May was a diversion by
5 Group, Bomber Command to draw the German night fighters away from the main raid - Duisburg.
‘Gardening’ (mine-laying) this was an operation carried out by 70 Lancasters from six squadrons and 37
Halifaxes to the Frisians, Heligoland, the
Kattegat and Kiel Bay (code named ‘Forget-me-Not’). Fourteen of the
aircraft were from
630 Squadron tasked to mine the Kiel area. 3 Lancasters
were shot down,
one of which was the Lancaster and 7 airmen that we are here to remember
All Bomber Command aircrews
were volunteers. Over 55,500 gave their lives to help free Europe. We
remember them for their courage and sacrifice." (Links by AS)
Note: Seeing this on AirmenDK David
"I mentioned this
firstly as the pilots of Fighter Command had all the glory in defending the
homeland from German invasion while Bomber Command suffered more
and for years were not recognised for the great sacrifice they made during
long nights flying over enemy territory. Historians have the view that this
was largely due
to Air Chief Marshal Sir
Dowding, who built up the new Fighter Command from it’s formation in
July 1936. Due to him we had the 8-gun monoplane fighter
what we now call radar working with the
Corps and wireless communication all linked to a unique command system
the “Dowding System”.
My link to Lord Dowding is that my mother wrote
to him seeking information about her husband whose Lancaster had been
reported missing and wondered if he might have bailed out of the aircraft
and survived and was perhaps in hiding or in a prisoner of war camp
somewhere, as communications at there time were very unreliable.
I first met Lord Dowding in 1946 when he used to drive down from London
visit my mother who lived near Tunbridge Wells, Kent. They married on my
birthday in 1951."
David Whiting added that his father first served
with 9 Squadron
and moved to East
630 Squadron was formed.
Dowding had his flying license in 1913 as he recounts in
Lifetime of Aviation. In 1968
Marshal Hugh C. Dowding was interviewed by the BBC.
(See also Danish Memorials and
his statue at St. Clement Danes. AS)