Robert Kenneth Whitney

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Robert Kenneth Whitney
Born 6 December 1898
Abbotsford, Quebec
Died 1983
Allegiance George V[1]
Service/branch Royal Flying Corps, Royal Air Force
Rank Lieutenant
Unit No. 60 Squadron RAF
Awards Distinguished Flying Cross

Robert Kenneth Whitney DFC (6 December 1898 - 1983) was a Canadian First World War flying ace, officially credited with 5 victories.[2]

Whitney joined 60 Squadron on 21 February 1918; they were equipped with Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5as. He did not win until 7 July, when he set a DFW reconnaissance afire. He destroyed another on the 18th. On 8 August, he scored a double victory, destroying a Hannover reconnaissance plane (a shared win with John Doyle), and flaming another DFW, whose crew parachuted to safety. Whitney's last victory, tallied the following day, was the destruction of another Hannover; this was another triumph shared with Doyle.[3]


References[edit]

Above the Trenches: a Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920. Christopher F. Shores, Norman L. R. Franks, Russell Guest. Grub Street, 1990. ISBN 0-948817-19-4, ISBN 978-0-948817-19-9.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Canadian airmen were required to complete an Attestation Paper in which they declared an oath of allegiance to King George the Fifth and agreed to serve in any arm of the service for the duration of the war between Great Britain and Germany. aerodrome.com
  2. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  3. ^ Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920. p. 384. 

Websites[edit]

"WWI Aces of Canada". www.theaerodrome.com. Retrieved 2008-06-14.