Details of RAF hero are sought

RAF rear gunner ACII Cyril Cecil Whitley (Service No 632190) was just 19 years old when he died over Aalborg Denmark on 26 April 1940. His MK 5 Whitley bomber N1383 was on a reconnaissance mission shortly after the German invasion of Denmark and he was laid to rest in Vadum cemetery. See Air War over Denmark website (

Photographs in uniform and information about the other crew members have recently been obtained but I wish to add Cyril’s photo and any other available information about him so that his sacrifice can be remembered. I also plan to provide information about the crew and the mission to the 102 squadron website.

Cyril was born in the late summer of 1920 in Belfast and was the son of Hugh and Caroline (nee Lyons) Whitley. In 1930 the family lived at 25 Lomond Avenue, Belfast, then moved to Millbrook, Larne for five years until 1937 when the family moved to 141 Dunluce Avenue, Belfast. Cyril had five brothers Trevor, James, George, Bertie and Dennis. Both Trevor and Cyril were members of the 1st Larne Company Boys Brigade.

If anyone has any information that can help me to obtain any further details about the short life of Cyril Cecil Whitley then I would be most grateful. I have visited his grave which is beautifully tended and I will do my best to ensure that the story of this brave young man from Larne, who is remembered in perpetuity in Vadum, is recorded on official websites.

Chris Beith

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