Cause: Lost with Lancaster AJ-E, Operation Chastise
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Samuel Leslie Whillis 1912 - 1943 was a member of the Whillis family. Samuel was born on 1912 in England. Samuel died on May 16, 1943 at 31 years old.
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Pilot Officer Samuel Whillis joined the RAF in 1940 and trained as a flight engineer. His squadron service included 61 Squadron, Bomber Command, after which he was assigned to the newly-formed 617 Squadron. On May 16, 1943, Pilot Officer Whillis lost his life when the Lancaster he was assigned to flew into a high tension pylon near Haldern, Germany, with the loss of the crew. He left behind a wife, Gladys Winifred Whillis.
Rank: Pilot Officer
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit/ship/squadron: 617 Sqdn.
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