Whitley, Roger Charles

He was the third and youngest son of Edward and Gladys Cicely Whitley (daughter of the Reverend E. Neap) of Kilmorie, Torquay, South Devon.

Being of slight build he often steered visiting crews in races against School IV. In his last year he was in Bisley VIII. Politics interested him, and his tendencies were towards the Left. He held independent views and voiced them with determination. He left in 1938 for Trinity College, Oxford.

On the outbreak of war he joined the RAFVR and passed all his tests for a commission. He had just been awarded his wings as a pilot (on September 21st 1940) when he was fatally injured in a crash near Cranwell in Lincolnshire on September 24th 1940.  He never recovered consciousness and died on 27th September at Cranwell.   The cause of the accident is unknown. He was twenty years old, and is buried in grave X.21050, Torquay Cemetery and Extension.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Whitley
  • Forenames or initials: Roger Charles
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1933-1938
  • Rank: Leading Aircraftsman
  • Regiment: RAF Volunteer Reserve
  • Date of Birth: 9th December 1919
  • Date of Death: 27th September 1940
  • How Died: Killed on Active Service
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner A2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Torquay Cemetery: Grave X.21050