Flying Officer William Whitehead

Flying Officer William Anderson Whitehead, Royal Canadian Air Force. He was a Bomb Aimer with 207 Squadron and was lost on an Air Operation on 15th October 1944, aged 29. He is buried in Lastrup Cemetery, Lastrup, Denmark. He was the son of John and Christina Whitehead and had been born at Blackadder Mount near Edrom before emigrating to Canada. The Squadron flew the Avro Lancaster MK 111 from R.A.F. Spilsbury, Lincolnshire. His aircraft LM208-EM piloted by Flight Lieutenant George Montgomery was lost on a “Gardening ” operation ( mine laying ) near the German Baltic ports when it was shot down by a night fighter near the Danish village of Lastrup. The plane exploded so probably it was still carrying its load of mines. The remains of the crew were recovered by the villagers and buried in Lastrup Churchyard. ( The Squadron was part of the R.C.A.F. under the operational command of the R.A.F. ).

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