Wilfred Theobald was the youngest of a family of 2 brothers and 5 sisters.
Before WW2 he farmed in Koemga in South Africa. His father was a tea, rubber and sisal farmer in Borneo and Sumatra before WW2.
On 11 June, 1943 Short Stirling Mk.1 R9286 took off at 23.38 from RAF Oakington on a operation to Munster with on board Wilfred Theobald as navigator. On the return the aircraft encountered technical problems 20 miles off the Norfolk coast.
Search and rescue operations swung into action within half an hour but no trace of the aircraft or crew was ever found.
Flight Lieutenant Theobald is commemmorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 121.
? Leading Aircraft Man
4 April, 1942: Pilot Officer on Probation (emergency)
4 October, 1942: Flying Officer (war sub)
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