WHITMORE Robert Andrew
Regiment : Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service number : 123047
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 9th July 1943 aged 24
Buried : Ashbourne Cemetery, Derbyshire, England, Section A. Grave 357.
Relatives : Son of Alfred and Margaret Ellen Whitmore, of King's Norton, Birmingham
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
The birth of Robert A. Whitmore is registered in the September Quarter 1918 under the Bromsgrove Registration District, mother’s maiden name: Sandilands. The marriage of Alfred Whitmore to Margaret E. Sandilands is registered in the September Quarter 1913 under the Bromsgrove Registration District.
0n 9th July 1943 Robert Whitmore was on board Blenheim Mark V Serial No AZ876 of No 42 OTU with two other crew members taking part in a night time practice bombing exercise. The aircraft took off from Ashbourne at 01.30 to practise bombing at a range between Carsington and Brassington, Derbyshire. Around twenty minutes later while flying at an altitude of between 2000 and 5000 feet, the aircraft went out of control and dived into the ground at high speed near Belper. The Accident Investigation Branch report gave three possible causes for the crash.
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