Bombardier William Whitney


Bombardier Whitney, 3rd Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, was killed on the 6th June 1944, aged 25. The Hamilcar glider he was travelling in, Chalk Number 501, "the Bag of Baghdad", carrying a 17-pounder anti-tank gun and 8 men of the Battery, suffered a broken tow rope shortly after crossing the French coast and landed in an orchard near the village of St. Vaast-en-Auge. German troops attacked the glider at dawn; Whitney was killed along with Gunners Frank Newham, Douglas Stanley and Staff-Sergeant Leslie Ridings of the Glider Pilot Regiment who was mortally wounded. Sergeant Harris, the co-pilot, escaped.