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Headstone dedicated to airman William.

A WARWICKSHIRE airman killed in action during a bombing raid over Germany has been dedicated in a new headstone. Pilot Officer William Proffitt White, aged 23, from Shotteswell, near Stratford, was a gunner on Halifax LK709 which crashed into a lake near Berlin after being hit by flak at about 3am on January 29, 1944.

The bodies of four of the seven crew were recovered by the Soviets in 1959 and subsequently buried in the Berlin War Cemetery under a single headstone.

The other three, including William, were recorded as having no known graves and were commemorated on the Runnymede memorial. Now the headstone in Berlin has been changed to honour all seven crew members.

Tim Proffitt White, William's second cousin, said, "It was a very memorable and poignant day.

"I am very happy that I and my family were able to all be here to pay our respects to these brave men of bomber command who made the ultimate sacrifice."

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Apr 30, 2016
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