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Buckinghamshire’s Dambuster

When we think of war graves, images come to mind of headstones arrayed in the foreign fields of Flanders, spread throughout Europe or the desert sands of North Africa to the hillsides of Burma’s ‘Green Hill’. The oceans have their own poignancy, enfolding thousands of sailors, asleep in the deep.

The well-ordered cemeteries evoke the essence of sacrifice and provide a focal point for pilgrimage to honor the fallen. And yet, in the quiet villages and bustling towns and cities of Britain, can be found occasional white headstones, singly or in small groups, marking the passing of a serviceman or woman, often from the local community.

One such headstone can be found in St. Michael & All Angels Church, Halton Village, near Wendover. It bears the name of Group Captain Ivan Whittaker OBE DFC and Bar.

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