of Cyril and May Withers; husband of Joan Withers
Withers, like Sergeant Eliot, joined 161 (Special Duties)
Squadron from 31 Base and, from the records, it appears that
he soon "teamed up" with Sergeant Eliot. Before
joining Ian's crew he had completed several operations with
a variety of different captains.
three weeks before he was killed, Dennis was married to Joan.
One of the memories Joan recounts is that, on D Day, she and
Dennis were walking along a road to the vicarage, to collect
their Banns, when he remarked to her "you nearly didn't
have a husband last night; we landed back with a damaged tail
and a broken wing. A tribute to the pilot's skill." Unfortunately,
whilst the record books show a mission for that night, I have
been unable to find any combat or damage report.
He is buried at Makkum,