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James Walker White

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant James Walker White

May 4, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

R/193905

Age:

20

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

50 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Son of James and Elizabeth White. of Toronto. Ontario. Canada.

Commemorated on Page 476 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

POIVRES CHURCHYARD
Aube, France

Grave Reference:

Grave 7.

Location:

Poivres is a village some 45 kilometres north of Troyes, and 5 kilometres north-west of Mailly-le-Camp.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Identification– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of JAMES WALKER WHITE– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of JAMES WALKER WHITE– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
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  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star June 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star June 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star June 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Gravemarker– His grave in Poivres, Aube, France
  • Newspaper clipping– The Toronto Star, January 22, 1945, page 25

20-year old F/S White was an Air Gunner and possibly on a 2nd Dickie flight (to gain experience) as the RAF records show that he was the ‘eighth’ man and flying as a mid-under air gunner.   He was flying with the crew of Lancaster ED 870 of 50 (RAF) Squadron on the ill-fated raid 3/4May44 against the German military camp at Mailly Le Camp, France.  42 Lancasters were lost, which was 11.6 per cent of the force.  

The crew of ED 870 was airborne at 2158 on 3 May from their home base at Skellingthorpe and shot down as she approached the AP, crashing at Poivres.   All are buried in Poivres Churchyard. The RAF crew members were:  P/O A. Handley; Sgt C. T. Brown. F/O T. E. Archard; F/S R. S. Garrod; Sgt C. Whitelock;  Sgt D. Bisset and Sgt G. E. Gilpin.

The control of this raid in the target area failed to operate according to plan.  The initial low-level markers were accurate and were well backed up by Lancaster marker aircraft.  The ‘Marker Leader’, Wing Commander Cheshire, ordered the Main Force to come in and bomb but the ‘Main Force Controller’, Wing Commander L. C. Deane, could not transmit the order to do so to the waiting Lancasters because his VHF radio set was being drowned by an American forces broadcast and his wireless transmitter was wrongly tuned.  German night-fighters arrived during the delay and bomber casualties were heavy.  

The main attack eventually started when the Deputy Controller, Squadron Leader E. N. M. Sparks, took over.  The night-fighter attacks continued over the target and on the return route.  Among the aircraft shot down was	 S/L Sparks, who had stayed over the target to the end.  He evaded capture and soon returned to England.

The squadrons of No. 1 Group, which made up the second wave of the attack, suffered the most casualties – 28 aircraft out of their 173 dispatched.

[Source:  //raf.mod.uk/bombercommand; //lostbombers.co.uk]
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant James Walker White is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant James Walker White is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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