Alan Maxwell (Max) WHITE


WHITE, Alan Maxwell

Service Number: 573
Enlisted: 4 September 1939, Point Cook, Vic.
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 21 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Parkes, New South Wales, Australia, 9 March 1916
Home Town: Aldgate, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Rostrevor College
Occupation: Book-keeper Wirrealpa Station
Died: Flying Battle, Malaya, 14 December 1941, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Singapore Memorial, Singapore
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Blinman & District WW2 Roll of Honour, Blinman Boer War, WW1 & WW2 Honour Rolls, Rostrevor College WW2 Memorial Plaques, Singapore Memorial Kranji War Cemetery
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Lieutenant, SN 573
4 Sep 1939: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 573, No. 21 Squadron (RAAF), Point Cook, Vic.
4 Sep 1939: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 573
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Flight Lieutenant Alan Maxwell White 573 was shot down while flying 21SQN Brewster Buffalo aircraft AN201 near Ipoh, Malaya - he is mentioned in the book "Buffaloes over Singapore" by Brian Cull - commemorated on the Singapore Memorial

Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Thomas Edward and Marcella Augusta White, of North Adelaide, South Australia.

ADVICE has been received by Mrs. Marcelle White, "Araluen", Aldgate, that her younger son, Alan Max well White ("Max"), aged 25, Flight Lieutenant with the R.A.A.F., Malaya, was recently reported missing, is now believed to have lost his life as a result of air operations in the vicinity of Alor Star Road, on December 17, 1941.
Flight-Lieut. A. M. White joined the Permanent Air Force just before the war. He trained at Toint Cook, Mascot, and Laverton; after obtaining his wings he was sent to Singapore in  August, 1940. Latterly he was stationed at Penang. He is the son of the late Thomas Edward White, and was born in Parkes, N.S.W., in 1916. He received his education at  Christian Brothers' College, Rostrevor. Flight-Lieut. A. M. White is a great-grandson of the late Thomas White, a pioneer of the Millicent district; and a grandson of the late Michael White, of Emerald, Millicent.
On his maternal side he came of an old pioneering family, of the Hunter River Valley, N.S.W.
Before joining the Air Force, Flight-Lieut. White was for some time bookkeeper on Wirrealpa Station. His brother, Sgt. Wireless Air Gunner Anthony H. White, is with the R.A.A.F. in England.
Deep sympathy is here extended to his bereaved mother, his brother, and his friends.