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Name: William Charles Whitman Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force 119 Squadron Service No: R/76029 Rank: Sergeant (Pilot) Wireless Operator Air Gunner (WAG) William Charles Whitman was the son of Crofton Fitzgerald Uniacke Whitman (born 1885) and Emma May Whitman of Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia 119 Squadron was stationed at Yarmouth from July 21, 1940 through to January 10, 1942 serving as anti-submarine reconnaissance. The Bolinbroke's three crew on December 11, 1941 were Sergeant (Wireless Operator Air Gunner) William Charles Whitman, aged 22, Sergeant (Pilot) John Frederick Riess, age 21, and Sergeant (Pilot) Earl Gordon Bawtinheimer. The history for Bolingbroke #9053 records that the crash occurred following engine failure on approach to Yarmouth at 4:12 PM and that it came down in the woods 1/4 of a mile from the end of the runway. Date of Death: December 11, 1941 Age: 22 Cemetery: Lawrencetown (Fairview) Cemetery Commemorated on Page 48 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on February 4 Sources and Information: Veterans Affairs Canada See:
William Charles Whitman
Photo: Courtesy of George Whitman