LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Victor Alfred WHITE

Service No: 416162
Born: St Peters SA, 21 December 1916
Enlisted in the RAAF: 31 March 1941
Unit: No. 30 Squadron, Morotai
Died: Air Operations (No. 30 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft A19-213), Morotai, 9 January 1945, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Ambon War Cemetery, Indonesia
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Alfred Wentworth White and Alma Marie White; husband of Edith White, of Myrtle Bank, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Jamestown SA
Remembered: Panel 102, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

On 9 January 1945, Beaufighter A9-213 was tasked to attack the docks at Galela, Halmaheras. The aircraft swung to starboard on takeoff at Morotai and struck a stationary bulldozer. The Pilot was fatally injured and died at 1415 hours while the Navigator suffered bruises and shock. The crew members of A19-213 were:

Flying Officer Douglas Ernest Lyons (432832) (Navigator) Discharged form the RAAF: 17 January 1946
Flying Officer Victor Alfred White (416162) (Pilot)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 22

Bibliography:

Parnell, N.M. (Neville M.) Whispering Death: A history of the RAAF’s Beaufighter Squadrons, AH & AW Reed Terry Hills NSW, 1980
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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