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Whymark, John Percy

    Date of birth:
    January 9th, 1920
    Date of death:
    October 4th, 1945 (Crashed into the sea north of Corsica)
    Buried on:
    Air Forces Memorial Runnymede
    Service number:
    53481.
    Nationality:
    British (1801-present, Kingdom)

    Biography

    Dienstnummer 53481.

    John Wymark enlisted in 1938 as an aircraft mechanic and was placed with the Advanced Air Striking Force in Le Mans, France in June 1940.
    After the fall of France and the retreat of the AASF to England he went on to become an air gunner with No's. 149 and 148 Squadron.
    In August 1943 he was commissioned as a gunner and was placed with No. 101 Squadron.
    On October 4th, 1945 Whymark took off from RAF Connington destined for Naples Italy to transport personnel returning from UK leave (Operation Dodge). On board were another 5 crew members and nineteen female passengers.
    East off Marseille it was radioed that they were experiencing engine problems. At approximately 04:40 flames and an explosion was reported. The plane crashed about 50 km NNW off the coast of Corsica.
    All were lost and no wreckage or personal effects of any kind were ever found.
    John Wymark, who completed 89 up to 97 ops, is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial on Panel 266.

    ? :Warant Officer
    August 27th, 1943: Pilot Officer (probation/emergency)
    February 27th, 1944: Flying Officer (war sub)
    August 27th, 1945: Flight Lieutenant (war sub)

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Flying Officer
    Unit:
    No. 101 Squadron, Royal Air Force
    Awarded on:
    October 13th, 1944
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Acting Flight Lieutenant
    Unit:
    No. 103 Squadron, Royal Air Force
    Awarded on:
    October 26th, 1945
    Citation:
    "Since the award of the D.F.C. in June, 1944, this officer has been employed as gunnery leader of his squadron. In this capacity he has done excellent work both in the air and on the ground. On his first tour this officer participated in attacks on Benghazi, Taranto and Tripoli. During this time his aircraft was involved in two serious crashes whilst returning to base after being damaged by enemy action. Fit. Lt. Whymark has also operated to Western Europe. His missions have included attacks on Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Chemnitz, Munich, Berlin and Essen. Fit Lt Whymark has at all times displayed skill and determination while on operations."
    Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

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