Personnel Index - Detail

Name
WHITEHILL
First Names
Maxwell Elliot
Rank
F/Sgt
Service
RAAF
Service Number
407022
Crew Position
Air Gunner
Age
29
Date of Death
07/06/1942
Cemetery

 

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke



M E Whitehill is front row LHS..........1st Australian Training Group. Image courtesy of Dale Inns and the Australian War memorial.

Photograph courtesy of Graham Inns
 

The troopship in which Sgt Whitehill was sailing from Australia was torpedoed (see the newspaper article below)
 

Photograph courtesy of Graham Inns

Colin Cripps (49Sqn Researcher ) has tracked down more details of the attack on F/Sgt Whitehill's ship (the SS Memnon)
 

6/7 June, 1942; EMDEN:

In good weather conditions, a main force of 233 aircraft set out to attack the German town of Emden. With only a slight ground haze over the target, successful bombing results were achieved by the crews. 49 Squadron detailed 7 aircraft for the operation, but only 5 managed to become airborne from Scampton by 23.30hrs. The price of success was paid for in the loss of 9 crews out of the total force - 3 Manchesters, 3 Wellingtons, 2 Stirlings and 1 Halifax failed to return. Tragically, two extremely experienced aircraft captains and their crews from 49 Squadron were amongst those reported missing: Five crew members of the aircraft piloted by S/Ldr Peter De Mestre DSO DFC (L7469) were killed and the captain plus two others were reported missing.
 

Manchester L7469
S/L P.M. De Mestre DSO DFC Pilot (Missing)
Sgt A.F. Buttel RAAF 2nd Pilot (Killed)
P/O R.H.J. Thorndyke A/OB (Missing)
F/S M.E. Whitehill RAAF A/G (Killed)
Sgt G.C. Whitfield W/AG (Killed)
Sgt L.J. Jones W/AG (Missing)
Sgt D.S. Halliday W/AG (Killed)