Battle of Britain Veteran Remembered
Royal Air Force Marham paid tribute to a Battle of Britain veteran ‘Wing Commander Tony Whitehouse’ on Friday 16th January 2015 at a Memorial Service in St Margaret’s Church.
The service was attended by members of his family, friends, former colleagues and a large number of personnel from across RAF Marham and the wider Royal Air Force with HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall being represented by Station Commander Gp Capt Harvey Smith OBE DFC ADC MA RAF.
Wing Commander SAH ‘Tony’ Whitehouse was born in London on 18th December 1919, educated at Harrow and Oxford, he joined the RAF on 1st September 1939. Following flying training and conversion to Hurricanes he served with to 32 Squadron at Biggin Hill in July 1940 and then 501 Squadron at Gravesend in August 1940. He was shot down over Cranbrook on 25 October 1940, he bailed out at 2000 feet, landing unhurt he returned to Kenley in an army car to serve another day. He also served on 167 Squadron at Scorton as a Flight Commander and also in India and Burma later in the Second World War. He was released from the RAF in 1946 in the rank of Wing Commander.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with his widow Sylvia and his son Anthony.