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John Whitworth

John Nicholas Haworth Whitworth
Air Vice-Marshal 'Dambusters Raid' in May 1943
Born (1912-01-10)10 January 1912
Died 13 November 1974(1974-11-13) (aged 62)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Rank Air Commodore
Battles/wars World War II

Air Commodore John Nicholas Haworth Whitworth CB, DSO, DFC and Bar, RAF (10 January 1912 – 13 November 1974) was a Royal Air Force pilot in the 1930s and a commander during and after the Second World War. He was educated at Oundle School in Northamptonshire.

Whitworth was station commander of RAF Scampton during the planning of Operation Chastise; in 1955 he was a technical advisor for the film dramatisation of the raid, The Dam Busters. Whitworth was portrayed by Derek Farr in the film.

Whitworth was later the Chief of Staff of the Ghana Air Force; he was succeeded by the Ghanaian J. E. S. de Graft-Hayford in 1962.


  • Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation - Air Cdre Whitworth
Military offices
Preceded by
I M Gundry-White
Chief of Staff Ghana Air Force
1961 – 1962
Succeeded by
J. E. S. de Graft-Hayford

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