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Richard Reginald (Ricky) Frederick Whitby

In memory of:

Flying Officer Richard Reginald (Ricky) Frederick Whitby

June 17, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/25983

Age:

20

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information


Son of Frederick and Alice Whitby, of Toronto, Ontario.

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:

BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

54. E. 7.

Location:

Brookwood is 30 miles from London (M3 to Bagshot and then A322). The main entrance to Brookwood Military Cemetery is on the A324 from the village of Pirbright. Brookwood Military Cemetery is owned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom, covering approximately 37 acres. In 1917, an area of land in Brookwood Cemetery (originally The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, many of battle wounds, in the London district. This site was further extended to accommodate the Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War, and American, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French and Polish plots containing the graves of Allied casualties. There are also German and Italian plots where prisoners of war lie buried.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Newspaper clipping– For the Toronto Star July 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star July 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star July 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Flying Officer RICHARD REGINALD RICKY WHITBY, Flying Officer DONALD ROSS GILCHRIST, Flying Officer PHILIP HORACE DUVAL, Sergeant ARTHUR KENNETH HRYCENKO, and Sergeant OTIS WILFRID LIBBY are listed in this excerpt of the Department of National Defense for Air Causalty List No 925 as having been Killed on Active Service Overseas.  They were killed on June 17, 1944 and are buried in adjacent graves (Section 54. E.10 to E. 6) at 9 BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, Surrey, United Kingdom and presumably died when the plane they were flying, crashed in England.
  • Inscription– Flying Officer RICHARD REGINALD RICKY WHITBY, Flying Officer DONALD ROSS GILCHRIST, Flying Officer PHILIP HORACE DUVAL, Sergeant ARTHUR KENNETH HRYCENKO, and Sergeant OTIS WILFRID LIBBY were all killed on June 17, 1944 as indicated by these inscritions on their grave markers.  They are buried in adjacent graves (Section 54. E.10 to E. 6) at 9 BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, Surrey, United Kingdom and presumably died when the plane they were flying crashed in England.
  • Grave Marker
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Richard Reginald (Ricky) Whitby is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Richard Reginald (Ricky) Whitby 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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